Desperate parents dissatisfied with old-school ways of trying to tell whether their kids are doing drugs like rifling through drawers, smelling their breath, searching their eyes – are now demanding proof, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. They’re dragging their teens to drug testing labs and buying home testing kits by the case over the Internet. Schools are hanging banners and sending home brochures backing testmyteen.com, a Web-based company that promotes home drug tests for children.
Although random drug testing in schools–heavily promoted by the White House and done in many Wisconsin districts– has drawn fire from the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among others, parental testing of teens has gotten far less attention. Internet companies and drug testing labs report huge upswings in teen testing and sales of home drug screening kits. Sales of home testing kits and visits to the lab by teen-toting parents have tripled in the last four years, said one local company. Drugteststrips.com says its sales have quadrupled in the last five years, and another local testing lab, Noble Diagnostics, says sales of home kits have jumped 30% in the last nine months or so. “From a parent’s perspective, it’s the most empowering thing in the world,” said Kim Hildreth, a Dallas mother who tests her own children and sells home testing kits online at drugtestyourteen.com. Home drug tests typically cost $6 to $15 for one test that can detect between five and 10 drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines, opiates and benzodiazepines. Parents dip the test into a cup of urine and results appear within minutes.