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Sampson County Offering Free Teen Drug-Testing Kits for Parents

Posted February 2, 2007

— Free drug-testing kits for parents -- it's an idea Sampson County Schools are using to help fight teen drug use.

Statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse show teen drug-use is a major problem. About 45 percent of high school seniors say they have used drugs in the past month.

County leaders think giving parents a way to test their children could reduce those numbers.

"It's done in the convenience of their house," said Wesley Johnson, principal at Hobbton High School in Newton Grove. "No one has to know about it."

The county -- the only one in the area to offer such a program -- has about 500 kits to distribute. Few parents, however, have taken advantage of the program, which started in November.

"It may be that parents are afraid to find out what their kids are doing," said Hobbton High counselor Pam Batts.

School officials say another possible reason parents aren't using them is because they don't know about them or that they don't feel like their children need to be tested.

Whether they need a kit or not, some parents, such as Maria Rose, say the tests are about peace of mind.

"You'll know when something's not right," Rose said. "It may not be drugs, but at least with these tests, you can make sure of that."

Parents wanting a free drug-testing kit should contact their local middle school or high school. Each test comes with drug-education material and information on counseling.

The tests are funded by a $45 million grant won by DeLeon Wilks, the 4-H agent for the Sampson County Cooperative Extension office.

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  • byvinson Mar 29, 2007

    I think that this is a great idea because you can personally test your child and find out what they are doing, and if so you can find out for sure and get your child help before it is too late because there are a lot kids that are using drugs and even overdosing, I think that this is a very good idea!

  • ToBar Feb 6, 2007

    Did anyone tell these parents to raise thier kids right? Its just like any medical problem you want to think of, they'll create a pill for it. Use your brains people and stop trying to let others solve your problems for you. The US has become a bunch of lazy, I-don't-give-a-damn prople, only interested in what can they get someone to GIVE them. And while we're at it, why don't we come up with a few more programs to pay you for sitting on your ass all the time?

  • superman Feb 3, 2007

    The school system must be very wealthy like Wake County. How many test kits will they give u-- U do one every day or once a week or once a month. So what u going to do when they test positve for drugs? A waste of money-- they do better giving parents free toilet tissue

  • lovecarolinagutters Feb 3, 2007

    Who's gonna tests the parents??

  • stevenkirkland Feb 3, 2007

    Raswph, you have the right idea if there is a problem the parent needs to adress it with communicaion. These test can be an aid to that communication if used correctly or they could destroy any chance of having a strong dialog with your children if used incorectly.

    Nice to know they are avalible but parents don't need to think it's the answer to all their problems.

  • huntleyperez Feb 3, 2007

    I trust my kids to be human and make stupid judgements and decisions..I trust and verify...Unfortunately..dealing with this issue in ERs through my career...probably need to test the parents as much...if not more.I hear often from mine..."You aren't fair!" And I always admit"No I'm not...and as long as your non-working, food consuming,clothes wearing butt lives here I don't have to be...

  • cntforever1998 Feb 2, 2007

    If your teen is not using drugs then they don't have anything to worry about when you test them. When you test them you can have more trust when they past. I don't think parents would test teens unless they had a reason. Like if they were acting different or grades slipping and so on. I think it is a great idea.

  • bostonfox1 Feb 2, 2007

    awsome idea , i would rather keep my kids safe then worry about them being mad at me for not trusting them , they will get over being mad but they wont get over being dead or killing a inoccent person..

  • tell.the.truth.and.run Feb 2, 2007

    Administering such a test to your child tells them that you don't trust THEM. And if your child isn't using drugs, this could irreparably damage your relationship with said child. After all, what's the point in being honest with a parent who won't believe them anyway?

  • aerolove2k Feb 2, 2007

    What a way to lose your childs trust!