Go Ahead…Drug Test My Kids!

AUTHOR: | POSTED: May 30, 2012 | COMMENTS: 5 Comments
CATEGORIES: Daddy on The Fly,

Sean Savage

My sons’ high school just announced that they will be implementing mandatory random drug testing for the student body and faculty members for the upcoming school year.  The test will be by hair sample and will detect drug use over a multiple month period.

There is no fence sitting when a policy like this lands on your plate.  Either you are for it or against it. 

I am for it and you may be surprised to learn why.

 I believe drug testing is the ultimate “out” for our teenagers.  I’m positive my children will, some day during their high school years, be in a social situation where drugs are introduced.  Based on this prediction, I would like to arm my children with as many reasons to say “no” as possible.  With drug testing, a new arrow has been added to their quiver of reasons to decline.  “I can’t do it.  My school tests and I can be picked at any time” is the ultimate out and is nearly unobjectionable.  The way I see it, drug testing is just another life raft to throw our children who are navigating the stormy seas of teenage living.

 There is no upside to drug use and it is better to catch it early.  Most parents I speak with prefer to lie to themselves about what their children are exposed to.  A positive test will cause these parents to face reality.  A positive test, according to this policy, is not fatal.  Intead it’s an opportunity to intervene before a bad habit becomes a dangerous addiction.

This drug testing will equip parents with valuable knowledge.  Instead of lying awake in the middle of the night wondering, I’ll have a solid answer about what my sons are doing while away from me.  I do trust my kids, but I’m happy to receive verification of their choices via these tests.

I hope the bold move by my sons’ school will encourage other schools, public and private, to implement a similar policy.  Why not arm all of our kids with this weapon of resistance?  When not force all parents to face the reality of their child’s drug use for the betterment of their children’s futures? 

 So, I say…bring it on.  Please drug test my kids.  Regardless of the results, I’ll do my job as a parent and deal with the consequences in a manner that will best benefit my children. 

To read more about the drug testing policy in place at St. John Jesuit high school click here!

5 Comments on “ Go Ahead…Drug Test My Kids! ”

  • Nancy | May 30th, 2012 3:02 pm

    Absolutely agree with you.We as a society need to have all the help we can get, especially as parents of teens! When your kids are younger , you usually cannot fathom that it would be in your reality..but it happens to the best of parents, despite the efforts we put into being great parents! It is a tool for both schools and parents to further drive home the message that we will be watching you(accountability)…and it really is only for your own good! This is my opinion of course, but one I am not backing down from.My kids are post teen and in the thick of teens!

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  • Cindy Thomson | May 30th, 2012 4:07 pm

    It is a great opportunity for parents to become more aware of what is happening in their kids lives. Some parents refuse to think that their children are exposed or even trying drugs. If a student tests positive it will provide a chance before things get out of hand to get them help. I am all for it. I would like to see testing done on a random and regular basis.

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  • Linda | May 30th, 2012 6:03 pm

    I hadn’t thought of that reason, and I LOVE it! Kids need all the help they can get in saying, “no thanks” without it seeming like they are “chicken”.

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  • Jeff | June 5th, 2012 1:09 pm

    Drug Testing empowers teens like you wouldn’t believe. A recent survey found that 40% of teens said they had a hard time saying “no” when asked to try drugs. And it’s not usually strangers doing the asking. It’s close friends, siblings, even parents.

    We created the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit to help families find drug use before it becomes drug addiction. And we firmly believe that having a test at home puts that teen on alert. It also puts their friends on alert that your home is a drug-free home.

    School testing is another way to keep kids from using drugs routinely. It is great to see the positive writing here and positive comments from other parents.

    We would love to give away a couple of free tests as a giveaway here. If either of the Savages want to contact me, you have my email in the form field.

    Jeffrey Soto
    Teensaver Diagnostics. Inc.
    myteensavers.com

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  • mindy | July 26th, 2012 12:35 am

    I would have to agree as well, I think that there is absolutely nothing wrong with drug testing kids. I have three boys (12,11,and 6) . Two of them are at the age where they may sometime soon possibly be assicating with other who might smoke pot. A a young mom, Im 29 I had my first son at the young age of 16. I can remember as it wasn’t very long ago the first time someone approached me with pot and asked if I wanted to smoke. Me, just wanting to fit in of course( at the age of 12) and knowing that this one drug could lead to the use of many others didn’t want to be the lame girl and smoked too. Well to my surprise it was nothing the way I thought it would be, and effected me in a way that made me uncomfortable I didn’t even like it. Well as we all know every one has their own opinion about different things, infact, I still do keep in touch with a majority of my high school friends and a surprisingly at least 80 % of them still smoke to this day. Well me, I have a nasty habit of cigarettes thats all i need. But i know that kids are easily peer pressured into doing things that they know are wrong. My 11 year old is the one who keeps up trouble in the house, a few weeks ago when he came in around 6:30 in the evening his eyes were a bit hazy and my very first thought was that he was high with weed. I went to my local pharmacy the next day with no warning and bought an over the counter drug test that my pharmacist said he believed to be the most accurate. Luckily I was just over reacting and it came back negative. But I am sure that there are kids that smoke pot even at that young age. I want to be the first to know if any of my kids use drugs. I live in Montgomery, AL. They do not have random drug screening at the schools here, or at least none that I know of, but I don’t think it would be a bad idea. If nothing else we could stop a problem from getting any worse or keep it from happening to begin with.

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