Free at home drug kits available for parents of teens

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 19 at 6:42 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Every day, thousands of kids try drugs for the first time. Now there is a way for parents to find out and stop it before it becomes a problem. On Friday 14 states, including Kentucky, passed out at home drug tests for parents.

A drug kit, not administered by police or doctors, is a good source for parents like Geneva Meredith who wants to make sure her three teens are not using.

"You have got to understand your kids and appreciate your kids. In a situation like that you can either attack them like a cat or chicken. But that gets you nowhere. You have to sit down and approach it reasonably," Meredith said.

Rural Metro Ambulance handed out free first check drug kits to parents all day Friday. It is a multi-state effort to help parents spot the signs of drug abuse and take charge.

"Every bit of prevention helps and the younger they start, the more involved the parents are, the comfortable the kids are talking to their parents," Debbie Thompson with Rural Metro Ambulance said.

A urine sample is all that is needed and the kits tests for 12 different drugs. It then is sent off to a lab to confirm which types.

For Geneva, it's tough to think it could be your child but at least it begins a meaningful and important dialogue.

"If you sit down and reasonably talk to your children, the more understanding and respect you get from your children and say we can handle this at home , we can do this like this . And that way if you are positive we can handle it and take care of it," Meredith said.

If you want to learn more about the kit or to order one go to www.firstcheckfamily.com.

 

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