3 advantages of a family teen drug testing policy

Drug tests are easy to use

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The pro's of family teen drug testing

Should you be drug testing your teen?

There is no clear consensus whether drug testing your teenage children is ultimately a positive thing to do. Experts from all sides agree only to disagree, and there are some clear positives but also some legitimate negatives associated with the action.

The issues circle rights to privacy and respect versus a parent's need to know…and a parent's desire to protect their kids from the dangers of drugs and or alcohol.

Home drug testing kits are easy to use, not all that expensive and readily available on the internet; and parents can screen for a number of the most commonly used drugs of abuse. They can get an almost instant result using urine most commonly as the testing substance, but also sometimes hair (drug metabolites last longest in the hair) and also saliva.

The advantages of drug testing your teenage children

There are some clear advantages to home based drug testing your teen.

1 Prevention

Ideally, enacting a household policy of drug testing will serve as a significant deterrent to your children experimenting with drugs or alcohol. If they know that they have a random drug test to submit to at some point in each month, they may be less likely to risk punishments knowing there is a great likelihood that their use will be detected. If a drug testing policy can serve as any kind of deterrent to the experimentation or even regular use of drugs or alcohol, then parents really gain an advantage in keeping their kids safe from the dangers of abuse and addiction.

2 Early intervention

Another real plus to a home based drug testing policy is the ability to spot drug or alcohol use behaviors early, and get appropriate help if needed. All abuse and addiction is more easily treated when intervention occurs at the earliest possible stage; and with a conclusive drug test result, parents are in a great position to act on concrete information.

Drug testing may also help to evaluate the severity of a problem, and track repeated usage that may indicate a more serious abuse or dependency issue.

3 The ability to reward clean tests

The temptations to use are everywhere in our teen's lives, and it can be tough for them to resist normal adolescent desires to experiment, when coupled with easy access and peer pressure to do as friends are doing. Parents who drug test their teens give those teens an opportunity to conclusively demonstrate their good behavior and willpower, and just as and drug or alcohol use needs to be punished, so too should drug avoidance be rewarded.

Parents drug testing their kids have concrete evidence needed to enact behavioral modification techniques in the home.

Although parents may be very tempted to use drug testing kits in the home, there are some serious problems with their use and issues surrounding their efficacy; and experts remain divided about their relative benefits and costs. Please read here for the issues and problems associated with drug testing your teens

Comments 19 comments

Lisa 6 years ago

Umm, I think its bad because its showing/telling your teen that you don't trust them and just by doing that they may act more reckless.


jazzmine 6 years ago

i'm so impress because of these many teenager like me can know what drugs can do to our health


jazzmine 6 years ago

i'm so impress because of these many teenager like me can know what drugs can do to our health


Smith 6 years ago

I don't do drugs, but I know that if my parents thought that I was, I would be extremely angry with their lack of trust. I would feel like I had no reason to be trustwothy if my efforts wern't getting anywhere. If you want to make your sober kid a druggy, then go ahead, give them the drug test. If my parents did, I would be sure to make their life a living hell.

I also like the way that this artical just happens to leave out the disadvantages to drug testing your teenage children.


Smith 6 years ago

I don't do drugs, but I know that if my parents thought that I was, I would be extremely angry with their lack of trust. I would feel like I had no reason to be trustwothy if my efforts wern't getting anywhere. If you want to make your sober kid a druggy, then go ahead, give them the drug test. If my parents did, I would be sure to make their life a living hell.

I also like the way that this artical just happens to leave out the disadvantages to drug testing your teenage children.


AK 6 years ago

drugs....lol...what do u mean by drugs??? u have to be more specific...coke is usually what the spoiled rich kids do, and as for anything else, its not like they are gonna be on heroin or something like that, you could tell...and as for marijuana...lol thats not even a fuckin drug, but in my opinion shouldnt be used until age 21 or 22, because that is when the brain has fully formed, and it wont matter as much if used then. Teens that smoke marijuana on a daily basis are fucking themselves up in the long run, they simply cant handle it....its too advanced for them....marijuana should really be only for the mature and developed mind.


Amenty 6 years ago

This pisses me of to think my parents dont trust me but then i might have been acting a little weird so i get it they just want to protect us but as they i doing that i let my effort to gain thier trust slide.


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gidtset 6 years ago

I guess if the teen knows that he or she might get drugtested they might consider not to do drugs.


Anonymous 5 years ago

Sure, start drug testing kids. That way they will switch from pot to a dangerous high like inhalants. Brilliant!

Seriously, kids aren't stupid. If they want to get high they will get high. If you make them pee in a cup they will just switch to drugs that don't show up in drug tests.


chad  5 years ago

i can say from experience that i was always against drugs of all sorts when i was a kid... until my parents drug tested me and i dont think ive been clean since. then i got sent to rehab for my marijuana addiction, which is the only drug i used and came out know how to cook meth and cut coke right... so there comes a point where you have to let your kids make their own mistakes, and if you are they for them through it all and they can talk to you (really talk to you) then they pull through and the right thing.


a very bad idea. 5 years ago

I'm 23. I've been smoking grass casually since I was about 16. I'm not addicted, I go through phases of smoking regularly and frequently stop for months at a time. My parents and I were always open about discussing this. Always. They don't smoke but are ahtiprohibitionist. I fell that it is purely because of this welcoming trustful upbringing that I did well in school, never got into stronger drugs, and am now establishing a successful career in the outdoor industry. On the occasions that I experimented with class A's I had such a good relationship with my parents that we simply talked about it and they gave me some great advice. I'm confident that had my parents displayed such a lack of trust by drug testing then we would not be the good friends which we are now. Trust comes from mutual respect.


jamie 4 years ago

do weed make u skinnier??


mom 4 years ago

I drug tested my son and I have saved his life because of it. Once he realized that his family knew he was smoking pot, he felt ashamed. He felt like he had let everyone down and he has been working to change that ever sense. He has dropped his looser friends and moved on to good ones. He has been clean just 45 days but now, I have my child back. He is almost 18 and I told him as long as I was finacially supporting him, he was going whenever I said he was and he said, "ok mom, I understand." To me, privacy needs to be broken when your children are throwing their life away. To set back and do nothing is almost encouraging them along this horrible path. Be a parent, be active in their life in a healthy way.


Rogue 4 years ago

@jamie: your a dumb bitch. Eat healthy foods and exercise, dont use drugs as shortcuts to being thin. Also it makes you get the munchies and eat more you moron.

@mom: wow touching story. You dont


Arcpoint Greenville 4 years ago

Some great suggestions and ideas!


you serious? 4 years ago

3 responses come to mind:

not only does drug testing your child show an enourmous lack of empathy, it also undermines their autonomy and right to privacy

if your child wont answer you honestly when you ask them, it's your fault for not showing that you are a trustworthy parent, don't sacrifice what little trust they have left in you

and what the fuck? pissing in a cup at home is fucked up, people in uniform are the ones who make you do that, not your mom


Anonymous 4 years ago

Thank god there is detox pills :D


Brooks 4 years ago

I believe each individuals situation is different. I am choosing to test my son. After contemplating a long time i believe this is best for him. He has been headed in wrong direction for a while. He has admitted drinking to relieve stress and if i have to test for alcohol i will. On a monthly basis. I explained to him that he is only 14 and is makin wrong choices and if i have to be hated by him in order to at least try to set him on the right path then so be it. I can only pray that one day when he is grown he will understand and thank me. I cannot pretend to know everything that is going on in his mind. God knows peer pressure is horrible. But i will continue to show him how much i care and not sit back and let a 14 year old do what he thinks is right for him. I know from experience most people are not aware what is good for them until far into adulthood. My 21 year old daughter hated me as a teen. But now thanks me often.


chuck 4 years ago

When you tell your child that as long as they're under your roof they'll do what you say, you're messing them up more than most drugs ever will. Your child will leave as soon as possible and then go do everything that was previously prohibited. If you don't trust your child, they wont trust you. It also makes the child feel like they're a material possession, to be treated however the parent feels.

Most people I've met with drug problems either had abusive druggy parents or overbearing parents. Ever seen the squeegee kids in cities? Same thing with them. They usually come from either abusive households or had parents that wanted to know and control every aspect of their life.

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