Drug Free Family Program
Tired of wondering if your child is using drugs, alcohol, or nicotine? Every family and every child today is exposed to an ever growing presence of drugs.
It is not just the "troubled" teens and slackers that are using drugs. Honor students, athletes and ordinary kids are unable to avoid drugs at school, parties, and friends' homes; and children of physicians, lawyers, and law enforcement officers have all become casualties of the drug problem.
Give Them A Reason To Say "No" To Drugs - Test for Love!
According to the most recent studies conducted in our nation's school systems, 54% of all high school students will have used an illegal drug by the time they become seniors. These students are doing far more than "just" smoking marijuana - 82% have used cocaine and roughly 2% have tried heroine. These drugs can have short and long term effects that can interfere with intellectual, emotional, and physical development, as well as, produce more immediate dangers.
We have designed a highly reliable in-home drug testing program for parents who are concerned that their teen is using drugs.
Our 12-panel drug test identifies the most commonly used drugs, such as:
Amphetamines (AMP) Cocaine (COC150) Methamphetamines (mAMP)
Barbiturates (BAR) Ecstasy (MDMA) Opiates300 (MOP)
Benzodiazepines (BZO) Methadone (MTD) Oxycodone (OXY)
Buprenorphine (BUP) Marijuana (THC) Propoxyphene (PPX)
Our test is 99% accurate. Our test kit is US FDA 510 (K) approved for accuracy and meets the same drug cut-off levels established by
the United States Department of Transportation for drug abuse testing.
We recommend to all parents who get a positive result to take the urine to a lab to have a 100% reading confirmed or allow us to ship the specimen to one of our 12,000 labs located within the United States.
If you decide to ship the specimen yourself, feel free to contact us to help you complete the necessary paperwork and obtain a listing for the nearest qualified lab. If you choose to allow us to ship the specimen on your behalf, there is an additional cost for lab confirmation. (Note: A false-positive may occur if person tested is taking other medications.)
"Stop Worrying - Start Testing!"
4 Stages of Drug Abuse
The first stage is experimentation. A person tries drugs for the first time, usually at a party or on a date.
The second stage is occasional use. The drug is available from another person or openly offered at a party.
The third stage involves regular use. The person finds he may like drugs and goes and purchases the drugs for himself.
The fourth stage is habitual use. The person needs drugs. Drug "hunger and craving" control the user's life and he will do anything to obtain drugs.
The first, second, and possibly the third stage can be confronted within the family. The family needs to be very proactive in addressing the problem and discouraging any further drug use.
MentorMe® Drug Testing & Educational Services Drug Free Family Program is designed to be an important tool for families to implement an anti-drug policy in the privacy of their own home during stages 1-3. If parents educate, define clear consequences of drug use, and implement home drug testing, they will be using powerful tools in shaping their kids lives, and keeping them on the right path.
The fourth stage of drug abuse needs not only family understanding and recognition, but most likely requires professional help. Once identified through visible clues and signs, and verified by drug testing, parents must intervene and seek professional help immediately. Intervention gets results.
Hunterdon Central High School in New Jersey was faced with a drug problem that had come to the attention of the parents, administration and school board. 80% of the senior class stated that they had used drugs within the past 12 months. A major anti-drug program was initiated that made clear to students that they would be tested for drugs. Drug use declined dramatically, with less than 5 percent of the students testing positive.
John P. Walter, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, commenting on the Pride Survey Finding, said, "If our schools and parents were to utilize recognized, successful intervention techniques, including drug testing, we would be able to identify these youth and get them the counseling and treatment they need to turn away from drug use."
Give your child a reason to say "No" to drugs!
Signs of Drug Use
Adolescence is a period where young people undergo physical and behavioral changes that can be profound and alarming - to them as well as to their parents. Many of the following symptoms may indicate the presence of diseases or factors other than drug use and should be investigated by a trusted and competent physician.
The following should be causes for concern:
Abrupt changes in work or school attendance, quality of schoolwork or grades and/or discipline problem.
Unusual outbursts or displays of temper.
A shirking of responsibility.
Unexplained changes in overall attitude, including depression, withdrawal or apathy.
Deterioration or sudden change of physical appearance or grooming habits.
Sudden secretiveness or inappropriate concerns for privacy; poorly concealed attempts to avoid attention and suspicion, such as frequent trips to the restroom or basement may be an attempt to conceal drug use.
Wearing sunglasses, or frequent use of eye drops, to conceal the appearance of the eyes.
Association with known drug users or "problem" students.
Unusual borrowing of money from friends, siblings, or parents.
Stealing - either at home or through shoplifting.
Possessing unexplained valuables.
But also be aware that kids are more sophisticated these days. They, too, know the above warning signs, and they will go out of their way to maintain good grades and an appearance of sobriety. The only way to know with certainty is by drug testing.
Test for Love!