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MOSCOW, January 17 (Itar-Tass) – The State Duma will debate the first reading of a bill, which introduces voluntary drug addiction tests for the students of schools and universities, on Friday, January 18, First Vice-Speaker of the State Duma Alexander Zhukov (United Russia) told reporters after a meeting of the State Duma Council on Thursday.
The lawmaker noted that these drug tests were already introduced in several Russian federal constituents. “Unfortunately, a high percentage of young people abuse drugs,” he noted. Zhukov explained that the bill will introduce the preventive procedure to expose the students of schools and universities that abuse drugs.
The first vice-speaker noted that the drug addiction tests will be voluntary. The drug tests will be taken with the consent of the students over 15 years old or with the consent of their parents, if the teenagers are younger than this age.
The specific State Duma health protection committee recommended the lower house of parliament to approve the bill in the first reading.