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Abbey School in Faversham is now the first school in Kent to perform random drugs testing. 12 other schools in Kent currently rely on random Police visits and sniffer dogs to check for possession of drugs. The difference with Abbey School is that the tests will be performed by teachers, randomly and will test mouth swabs or urine.
This comes after statistics reveal that 40% of under 18s have taken illegal drugs. Pupils taking drugs will then be offered help, but those found to be dealing will be excluded. This is all in keeping with a current blitz on drugs in Kent.

Some have concerns though that the tests are an infringement of civil rights, if you are under 16 the choice to take part in the survey is not yours, but your parents. However our view is that if you have nothing to hide, there no reason why the scheme couldn be introduced here.