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Costs and Funding

Some schools choose not to test students for drug use because of worries about the cost of testing. In an ONDCP survey, more than 37 percent of the respondents said they did not consider implementing a drug-testing program in their public school because they thought it would be too expensive.

While funding is certainly an important factor when weighing the pros and cons of student drug testing, cost should not be seen as a challenge for schools interested in starting a program. Depending on the type of test used (urine, hair, oral fluids, or sweat patch, for example) and the range of target drugs, individual tests can cost anywhere from $10 to $50. Funding for the program can come from any number of Federal, State, local, or private sources, including those listed below.