A new program initiated and supported by the Missouri Police Chiefâ€™s Charitable Foundation is giving parents all the support they need to be able to drug test their kids within the privacy of their own homes. The program called â€˜Test My Teenâ€™ was launched last week at Wentzville with at least 45 law enforcement agencies joining across Missouri.
In the program, free testing kits will be made available after parents register online. Parents will have to shoulder shipping costs.
The kit works by filling the cup with urine and in just a few seconds, parents will be able to determine if their kid is into drugs as well as the type of drug their kid is hooked on. All the processes involved will be made inside their own homes.
Wentzville Police Chief Lisa Harrison said that through the program, parents are empowered especially when it comes to the issue of teen drug abuse. “Parents need to be aware. It seems like parents are always the last to know if the child is doing something wrong. This gives parents a tool to take control. To be proactive in helping their kids stay clean,” says the chief.
The identities of parents who ask for drug test kits will be kept confidential that even police officials wonâ€™t get any information about where the kits go.
During the Town Hall meeting where the program was discussed, it gained a number of positive feedbacks from parents and the whole community.
The â€˜Test My Teenâ€™ program comes after the St. Charles County was able to tally 138 drug-related deaths in the last five years.Â Organizers say that this is the best opportunity for parents to safeguard their kids from the deadly habit of experimenting with drugs.