How to test your teen for drugs?
There are several accurate, FDA-cleared testing methods available that use urine, hair, oral fluids, and sweat (patch). These methods vary in cost, drugs detected, and detection period. Parents and schools can determine their needs and choose the method that best suits their requirements, as long as the testing kits are from a reliable source.
Whether you are trying to prevent drug use, discover possible drug use, stop current use, or just be reassured that a teen is on the right road, home testing will help.
Let your teens know that you love them very much to let them be involved with drugs and that you will use any tool available to keep them away from drugs, including using random drug testing in your home.
Many parents with teens attending our drug rehabilitation residential program wish that they had tested their teens earlier when their teens first displayed unusual behaviors.
Are schools doing drug testing?
Currently, random drug testing can only be conducted among students who participate in competitive extracurricular activities. Reasonable suspicion/cause testing involves a school requiring a student to provide a urine specimen when there is sufficient evidence to suggest that the student may have used an illicit substance. Typically, this involves the direct observations made by school officials that a student has used or possesses illicit substances, exhibits physical symptoms of being under the influence, and has patterns of abnormal or erratic behavior.
Which drugs can be tested for?
Various testing methods normally test for a "panel" of drugs. Typically, a drug panel tests for marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, and PCP. If a parent or school has a particular problem with other drugs, such as MDMA, GHB, or steroids, they can include testing for these drugs as well.
Inspirations Teen Rehab understands the unfortunate circumstances that arise as a result of a teen's poor choice to act in an irresponsible manner. Not only is a legal consequence the result of a teen's poor choice regarding behavior, it may also be and indication of a greater issue such as substance abuse or addiction, a mental health issue such as depression or other diagnosis. If your family is having a difficult time dealing with this situation, call us at:
Addiction Treatment for adults and young adults: 1-888-387-6237