Drug Testing in the Home

Frequently Asked Questions: Drug Testing in the Home

Q: At what age should I begin randomly drug testing my child?

Every family situation is different. Some children are experimenting with drugs as young as 8 and 9 years old. We suggest that a program of random drug testing is implemented by the age of 12.

Q: At what age should I sit down with my children to discuss the dangers of drugs?

It’s never too early to share how you feel about drugs and what your expectations are in terms of zero tolerance of drug use by your children. A study showed that 74% of 4th graders wished their parents would speak with them about drugs.

Q: In a multi-drug test, how will I know which drug tests positive?

Each panel shows the positive or negative result for a particular drug or drug category. So you know at a glance which drug you have tested positive for if there is one red line on the test strip.

Q: Is there a way to get a sample without my child’s knowledge?

Some children may refuse to comply with taking a drug test. We address this issue in our program manual. As a last resort, we do offer parents a method to test their child without the child’s knowledge.

Q: What should I do if my child tests positive for drugs or alcohol?

First of all, stay calm. You are in control and now have the proof that your child is using drugs. Our program manual teaches you how to respond to a positive test. We’re with you every step of the way. Should your child need counseling or treatment, we have the resources to help you take the next steps.