A series of teenage drug abuse cases has stirred public debate about the issue. There is evidence that drug abuse is prevalent in some local schools. This is alarming news. The school-based drug-testing scheme may help combat this problem. But some people, including educators, are against such a move. Recently, the Action Committee against Narcotics urged the government to introduce voluntary drug testing in schools so that teachers and social workers can identify possible drug abusers quickly and offer them medical advice. But some principals are worried that drug testing could tarnish their schools' reputation and reduce admissions. Also, several youth associations say drug testing could be a violation of students' privacy. It might also lead to more disputes between teachers and students, they argue. I believe the success of any anti-drug campaign depends on co-operation between the government, parents, schools and teenagers. No effort should be spared in combating youth drug abuse. Amy Lau Yuk-ching, Leung Shek Chee College From the Editor Thanks for your letter, Amy. It certainly seems as if the government and other officials are very concerned about the increase in drug abuse among students. At the moment they are urgently looking at ways to prevent this. It is difficult to weigh personal freedom against the chance that some youngsters will be caught up in crime and will ruin their health and their lives. The simplest argument for the mandatory testing is that if you are not drugging, you have nothing to worry about. If you are drugging, you need help. While there are many social issues that can be dealt with to improve the situation of young drug users, those are long-term arrangements and it is quite clear something has to be done right away. Many teens who will become drug addicts will be sampling their first illegal drugs this summer holiday. Some people argue the law is too lenient on offenders.