Pubdate: Mon, 12 Mar 2007
Source: Nevada Appeal (Carson City, NV)
Copyright: 2007 Nevada Appeal
Author: Kim Riggs
Bookmark: (Drug Test)


On a very serious topic, and a growing epidemic within our community, 
the Community Counseling Center and the Carson City Sheriff's 
Department have entered into a partnership to provide home drug tests 
for families who may be concerned about their "teenage children" 
using drugs. In a joint effort of early intervention parents can 
purchase a drug test kit for $4.

Let me give you some statistics to think about:

53 percent of the teen population has tried illegal drugs

41 percent of teens have used illegal drugs in the past

25 percent used illegal drugs in the last 30 days

5 percent used methamphetamine

48 percent have tried marijuana

78 percent have used alcohol

So if you suspect, just maybe, and are concerned for your child's 
safety these drug kits detect cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamine, 
marijuana and opiates. Also thanks to Sheriff Furlong's start-up 
donation it will be available to parents that cannot afford the $4. I 
didn't know this, but the statistics also show that the danger zone 
for teenage drug use is between 4 and 6 p.m. Parents don't be afraid 
to talk to your children and find out who they hang out with, what 
they are doing and set those boundaries. If you have further 
questions or would like a kit in your home the information is below.

Multidrug Screening Device Tests

Who: Community Counseling Center and Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Ken Furlong

Where: 205 S. Pratt Ave., Carson City

When: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Cost: $4 per kit, donations are welcome to help subsidize this new 
outreach intervention/prevention program.

Contact: The Counseling Center, at 882-3945, if you have any 
questions regarding the test or what to do if your child tests 
positive. If you wish to report meth use, sales or anything 
suspicious call the meth hot line at 887-2500 ext. METH (6384). Make 
a telephone call and make a difference.
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