Rio Rancho now has policy to test student-athletes for drugs


RIO RANCHO N.M. (AP) – The Rio Rancho school board has unanimously passed a policy for random drug testing of students in grades eight through 12 who play on district sports teams.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Rio Rancho Public Schools is the first public school district in the metro area to drug test its athletes.

District officials will inform parents of the policy during the annual mandatory meeting Cleveland and Rio Ranch high schools hold for the parents of all athletes at the beginning of each school year.

Students will be tested for include alcohol, opiates, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, methadone and barbiturates.

The tests will be done on school grounds with the results sent to a lab and returned within two days.

Students who test positive would be suspended for 20 consecutive activity days.

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