I have two preteens, Kelly and Brian. So far they have been relatively easy to raise with few problems. Their school is going to offer a free home drug testing kit to test for marijuana or other drug use. There is a presentation by police officers before the drug testing equipment is given out. Is this an invasion of my kids privacy or do I have the right to make sure that they are drug free? They’re good kids so should I feel O.K. to trust them?
Once a child starts down the slippery slope of drug use, it’s extremely hard to pull them back. Some kids are lucky enough not to get hooked, but you certainly can’t count on that. We can’t deny that drugs are out there and not that hard to come by.
I hope by now you have talked to your preteens about the dangers of drugs. At their age though they probably think they are more knowledgeable about the subject than you are.
You might consider going to the orientation and bringing home the kits. That would send the message to Kelly and Brian that you are serious about preventing their use of drugs. There are clues that you can look for like glassy eyes and falling grades. If you don’t see anything suspicious then you can just keep the drug testing kit on the shelf.
The tests can be unreliable in some instances because some medicine and food can make the test give a false reading. Unless you have a good reason to suspect that your preteens are experimenting with drugs, it might be better to hold off on the testing. You know your own kids best, so trust them if you feel confident. But the testing kit will be there if you start to feel uneasy.