It is no longer enough to assume that children are safe from the dangers of drugs in certain places, such as schools. The only absolute way to be sure that your child is not into drugs is to have them undergo a test. We borrow a quote from a report on wpix.com that urges parents to be vigilant in as far as ensuring that their children are drug-free: do not guess – test!
The report shared how a janitor at a high school in Plainview, New York, was arrested for possessing heroin that had been packaged to be sold. The police reportedly recovered 50 packets of heroin, with the packets stamped with the words My Space, from the suspect.
As this incident was made known to the general public, the District Attorney for Suffolk County, Thomas Spota, announced that there were plans to distribute drug testing kits to parents for free. The drive will hopefully encourage parents to take an active part in determining the extent of their children’s involvement in substance abuse. County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco also commented that they will assist parents in ensuring that parents are equipped with the tools and the resources that they need to protect their children.
The source of funding for the free drug testing kits is also rather appropriate; the funds were taken from money seized from busted drug dealers. These drug testing kits will have the ability to test for heroin, cocaine, marijuana and other illegal substances.
There are concerns, however, that a majority of young people will find the forced drug testing intrusive. While this may be true for some, there are teenagers out there who are more than willing to prove that they are not on anything and are open about their activities.
More than just that, however, parents should also constantly work towards maintaining an open and loving relationship with their children. This, by far, is probably the best deterrent against young people going down that dangerous road filled with illegal substance abuse.