ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
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Having never used drugs in his life, a teenage boy is shocked to test positive for drugs.

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Lynn Hamrick

Writer:

Bruce Harmon
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Daniel Barnes ... Will
Lisa Dean Ryan Lisa Dean Ryan ... Carla Daniels
Alley Mills ... Linda
Christopher Rich ... Coach Stanley Daniels
Francesca P. Roberts ... Sally
Tony Maggio Tony Maggio
Michael Manasseri
Matt Adler
Gabriel Bologna ... Student
Barbara Tarbuck
Patrick Cronin ... Steve
Steve Lundquist Steve Lundquist
A Martinez ... Emanuel Jensen
Sandy Martin
Mary Pat Gleason ... Mrs. Rupert
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Having never used drugs in his life, a teenage boy is shocked to test positive for drugs.

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1990 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Steve: ...You're sitting on your hands! Nothing is being done, nothing at all! There's a war going on out there. We had a kid from this district die last week from an overdose!
Jane Horowitz (school board): You make it sound like the school board doesn't see a drug problem. We do. Things aren't going to change until and unless the buyers - our kids - stop buying drugs. That's why we have a drug education program.
Steve: Drug education isn't good enough, because it sacrifices today's kids for tomorrow's! Our position is very ...
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Random Drug Testing In High Schools.
2 January 2006 | by Goldbear72See all my reviews

This was an ABC after-school special and I remember it well. Christopher Daniel Barnes plays a high school athlete who is made the victim of random drug testing at his school. When his test comes out positive for "speed" he is kicked off the athletic team. When word gets around town that he "tested dirty" his girlfriend played by Lisa Dean Ryan is forbidden to by her dad to see him again. Her dad being also the boyfriend of the boy's mother. The boy's mom believes her son when he swears to her he didn't do drugs and it's somehow a mistake.

It turned out that the reason he tested dirty was due to a false positive on the drug screen due to a cold pill that he had taken days before. The moral of this movie is that random drug screening is wrong. This kind of testing should only be done if there is probable cause, such as evidence that a student may have a drug problem, and not just grabbing students randomly and ordering them to fill the cup so to speak.

This was a good point that was made in the film. As well intentioned as the principle of random drugs screens in high school may be, it can cause a great deal of harm to an innocent kid and his family, while ignoring another kid who may be drowning in addiction, and the signs are all there but simply ignored due to the fact his drug testing number had not come up yet. Would recommend this film to any teenager who may be interested in this subject, and to any parent who may be interested in learning the facts about this controversial practice.


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