Home drug tests offer concerned parents relief

10:38 PM, Sep 20, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Many parents concerned about their teens and drugs said home drug tests have offered them some peace of mind.

"You are not hurting them by drug testing them and being aware," mother Lynn Novi said.

Novi did point out that the home drug test won't answer everything question.

"I think it's very important for parents to be aware of it and educated about it," Novi said. "Home drug tests don't test for things like 'spice'."

Spice and bath salts are designer drugs that more teens admit to using.

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"The drug tests at the store, you're not going to be able to detect either of those," Founder of Full Circle Treatment Center Dr. Angela Chanter said. 

Chanter did say that Full Circle could test for the drugs in it's facility and send away for lab results.

"Home drug tests have been around for a long time," Clinical director of Recovery Happens Counseling Services Jon Daily said. "People have been able to buy them from RiteAid, CVS Pharmacy for about $30. And they're a great alternative to going to a lab."

Daily said his office also offers home drug test kits for $5 on their website.

There are various drug kits that test for marijuana, ecstasy, opiate drugs, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Daily said that parents interested in getting their children tested for spice or bath salts can have a test done by Redwood Toxicology in Redwood City.

By Suzanne Phan, sphan@news10.net
Twitter: @suzannephan


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