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  1. Privacy commissioner challenges drug-test plan

    Posted Aug 11th 2009, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam and Joshua But The Privacy Commissioner has raised serious doubts about the legality of the government's planned drug-testing programme in schools in a letter to Secretary ... legally challenge the drug-testing plan, his comments could pave the way for such a challenge from other quarters. One Hong Kong student, Timothy Lee of Shatin Pui Ying College, has already ...

  2. Children must not be guinea pigs for drug test

    Posted Jul 10th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Introducing drug testing in schools is a radical step to take. The welfare of schoolchildren is at stake, including those who have never taken drugs but may still be required to take ... bureaucracy and gets things done. But in this case, taking more time to set up and execute a well-designed drug-testing system should be the priority. Tai Po has been chosen because it has fewer ...

  3. Debate on school drug tests puts operation of rehabilitation college firmly in spotlight

    Posted Aug 20th 2009, 12:00am by Agnes Lam, Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong and Agnes Lam The government should keep a close eye on the Christian Zheng Sheng College as it has become a pivottal issue of the anti-drug campaign led by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, political analysts say. 'The college is now a brand name for its effectiveness in helping young drug abusers. There is a very close relationship between the government ...

  4. Search for a solution

    Posted Aug 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The steps leading to the trial of voluntary drug tests in Tai Po schools. 2008 November: The Task Force on Youth Drug Abuse recommends that a research project be commissioned to devise possible voluntary school-based drug tests. 2009 June 2, June 6: Four girls at the elite Rosaryhill School are found high on ketamine, and three young schoolgirls are found in a daze after taking ...

  5. Random testing will not solve serious teen drug problem

    Posted Aug 11th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I refer to Michael Chugani's Public Eye column ('Drugs have church in a muddle', August 5) on the issue of random drug testing of students. I thank him for his request ... also need to see an improvement in the value systems. I do not think the drug tests will be of much help, because of the attitude of young people in Hong Kong. They lack patience, vision ...

  6. Donations to rehab charity drop after inquiry into funding

    Posted Dec 31st 2009, 12:00am by Tanna Chong

    ... had brushes with the law over drugs. Meanwhile, a pilot drug testing scheme for clinics and rehab centres based on hair analysis is being planned for next year after the government laboratory ... to run the trial services on a voluntary basis. Hair tests, which could reveal an abuser's history over recent months, would supplement urine tests now used in the voluntary drug testing ...

  7. letters

    Posted Dec 18th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... drug-testing scheme is to start. The policy address said that sites in Ho Man Tin and Wong Chuk Hang will be reserved to provide 4,000 places for self-financing students to pursue university degrees. ... pressure. Meanwhile, the school drug-testing scheme is obviously well intentioned. But the results are likely to be disappointing as it is voluntary. If I were a student who was addicted to drugs ...

  8. Thursday Think tank

    Posted Jul 16th 2009, 12:00am by Andrew Sun, Vivian Chen

    ... with Andrew Sun. Additional reporting by Clara Mak and Vivian Chen. 1. Plans for voluntary drug tests at schools... we fear the results will be just like any other school exam- a lot of underachieving kids scoring E 2. Legco president Tsang Yok-sing defends radical legislators' right to protest in chamber... sure, as long as he doesn't have a banana target on his back 3. ...

  9. Talkback

    Posted Sep 09th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the revisions to the drug-testing scheme? I think the revised drug-testing scheme will be less effective at curbing drug use in our schools. I do not think it is a good decision to exclude police from the scheme ('Changes keep police out of drug testing', September 4). It seems clear to me that you should report any crimes to the police. Drug use is a serious offence. Therefore, ...

  10. Letters

    Posted Aug 14th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... We must act to curb youth drug problem in HK I refer to your editorial ('Shelve this ill-conceived drug-testing scheme', August 7). Granted the scheme may not be perfect ... dose and can then develop an addiction that will take a heavy toll on their health and lives. The drug-testing scheme should not be the only way our society tackles the youth drug problem. ...




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