Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Why You Shouldn't Drug Test Your Teen at Home, May 27, 2014

"Most parents of teens have wondered at some point or another if their teen is using drugs (including alcohol)--or if they have tried them. They have reason to wonder: 70 percent of US high schoolers have tried alcohol at least once, and 40 percent have tried marijuana. While the percentage who have tried things like heroin is lower (3 percent), teens are known experimenters.

You could always take your teen to the doctor.'s a bit embarrassing. Not to mention the fact that drugs are illegal (including alcohol for underage drinkers). So why not do it in the privacy of your own home?

That's what the home drug testing companies hope parents think. And there is a real appeal to getting immediate and private results. But there are real problems with drug testing of teens in general, and especially home testing, which is part of the reason the American Academy of Pediatrics updated their policy statement entitled 'Testing for Drugs of Abuse in Children and Adolescents.'" Read more

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