Random drug testing of Beaufort County student athletes has produced little evidence of illegal drug use, according to a report released the Beaufort County Board of Education. Only 23 positive test results were reported from a total of about 1,000 drug tests performed monthly on randomly selected student athletes from September through December. All students who tested positive for drugs were enrolled by their families in counseling and treatment programs.
The school board voted in June to phase in random drug testing of student athletes participating in high school sports, as well as students who participate in extracurricular activities and students who have school parking permits. Testing of students who participate in extracurricular activities will begin in August, and testing of students with school parking permits will begin in 2017. Substances for which students are tested include alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, opiates, barbiturates, amphetamines, Valium, Darvon, PCP and other drugs. All 23 positive tests from fall 2015 were due to marijuana use.