Drug-Testing Kits Help Dialogue For Parents with Kids

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A pilot program in West Virginia has been involved with local agencies, which has made it possible to provide parents with free drug-testing kits to prompt the talk of drugs with their kids. This will be affective in the beginning of August, and will offer any parent who will want to prevent substance abuse and use in their home.

The “Give Me a Reason” pilot program has developed a drug-testing kit aiming to help educate parents on why kids use drugs and alcohol at such a young age, helping these parents protect their children. The program offers tips on how to communicate with their children, also providing different ways of spotting and dealing with substance abuse. The partnership among the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership, Mayor Steve Williams’ Office of Drug Control Policy and the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

The hope of this distribution is to lead both mothers and fathers to openly discussing substance use and abuse with their children. When parents have honest conversation with their kids, this will lead them to never using the included drug test. If that does come forth, due to an anonymous survey and many different communication tools, parents will be provided with a saliva scan, testing for marijuana, opiates, oxycodone, benzodiazepines, methadone, barbiturates, amphetamines, and cocaine.

If you think about it clearly, this is the best method of safety every family needs. It’s the same as having a fire extinguisher in the home. Even though a family may never use a fire extinguisher, they still have it in their home for safety. This is exactly how the drug-test kits should be used. If parents do this correctly, they will never have to use the kits either.

This is definitely the most interesting way to help prompt parents to talk with their kids about drugs and alcohol. Just the thought of a drug test in the home of your parents, could have every child second guess engaging in drugs with their friends. Only time will tell if this program is successful, prompting other states to consider this as well. It will be nice to find out how many families are able to give their kids a drug test, and if the drug rates drop in those specific areas.

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