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  1. Drug abuse by pupils a worry, but don't panic

    Posted Feb 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in upper primary schools needs to be tackled- that should be a priority. Voluntary drug tests at Tai Po schools started three months ago; it is too soon to judge their effectiveness. Officials, ... education programmes about drugs are also important. But drug tests, voluntary or not, can easily turn into surveillance programmes that breach trust, the most important element in the fight against ...

  2. Schools to get funds for voluntary drug tests

    Posted Nov 04th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang Secondary schools will get funds next year to conduct voluntary drug testing of students after a trial in Tai Po was deemed to have fostered an anti-drug culture even though ... On the other side, 60 per cent of students were found clear of drugs,' Lai said. 'Drug testing should not be seen as a panacea, but as an important part in the basket of measures fighting ...

  3. Hair tests to detect addiction

    Posted Jun 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Simpson Cheung The government plans to have a full-scale hair drug-testing service in the fourth quarter after launching a pilot scheme yesterday. Commissioner for Narcotics Sally Wong said tests can detect commonly abused drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, Ecstasy, Ice, ketamine and also cough syrup. Results are normally available in three days. Wong said while urinalysis ...

  4. Laboratory steps up hair-testing for drugs

    Posted Dec 31st 2010, 12:00am by Adrian Wan

    ... Adrian Wan The Government Laboratory has new hair-testing equipment to detect drugs, providing an extra option for schools taking part in voluntary drug tests next year. A hair test pilot ... was helpful, she said. Up to last week, 162 samples had been collected from them, of which 46 were positive. Most of the drug-takers used ketamine. The tests can also detect cocaine, marijuana, ...

  5. Pilot drug tests using hairs may lead to similar system in schools

    Posted May 18th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang Drug rehabilitation centres and social outreach services will launch a pilot drug testing scheme next month that uses hair samples as an alternative to urine tests. A strand ... scheme can help improve understanding of the effectiveness of hair tests as one of the tools on drug testing,' a Security Bureau official said. 'We would not rule out the possibility ...

  6. Drug-testing scheme should be abandoned

    Posted Jul 06th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The voluntary drug testing of Tai Po high school students never seemed to be the best thought out plan to begin with and the results after six months have proven it to be so: not a single ... that drug testing in schools has benefits. Instead, there are considerable downsides. Funding that could be spent on education and scientifically proven treatment programmes is wasted. Trust between ...

  7. Extension urged for drug testing scheme in Tai Po schools

    Posted Jun 29th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang A six-month extension to a voluntary drug testing trial in Tai Po schools may be considered to gather more data on the effectiveness of the scheme, the chairman ... the Security Bureau said. Apart from looking at the effectiveness of the trial, the study is also expected to cover other local and overseas experiences in school drug testing and suggest refinements ...

  8. Saliva-tests call after arrests for drug-driving

    Posted Jan 27th 2010, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo and Phyllis Tsang The government is considering introducing a saliva test to screen drivers for drugs and tough new legislation after another driver was arrested on suspicion ... they had enforcement difficulties because they did not have the power to compel a driver to provide a sample of body fluids to test for drugs. In yesterday's incident, the driver lost control ...

  9. Random drug tests for drivers urged

    Posted Nov 27th 2010, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Simpson Cheung The proposed legislation on drug-driving should introduce random drug tests, legislators urged yesterday at a transport panel meeting. Under the law, police could stop drivers for drug tests only after accidents or at roadblocks. Eva Cheng, secretary for transport, said the government would consider random testing if testing instruments 'met our ...

  10. Study on drug testing scheme due

    Posted Jul 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang A study on the effectiveness of the pilot school drug testing scheme in Tai Po will be completed in the third quarter, Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong said yesterday. A total of 1,975 pupils from 23 schools in Tai Po were screened by urine test in the past academic year in a voluntary scheme. None tested positive. Lee added that 50 social workers would ...




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