Putin signs school drug-testing law

Moscow, June 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law introducing drug testing for school students, the government's legal information website said Friday.

A recent survey conducted among people aged from 11 to 24 showed about 25 per cent had tried drugs. The average age for the first time to try drugs is 15-16.

The drug testing will be held in two stages. During the first, socio-psychological stage, students will complete a special questionnaire. The second stage consists of medical tests and examinations to find any traces of narcotic substances in the students.

The tests will be offered on a voluntary basis. The law will enter into effect in six months after its signing.

--IANS/RIA Novosti

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