Home Drug Tests: The Home Drug Test Kits and Second-hand Smoke
If you’ve seen what you think might be the signs of drug use or symptoms of drug use in your teen and administered home drug test kits, then you wouldn’t be the first parent to hear your teen tell you that they didn’t smoke marijuana and that they were the only one in a room full of friends who didn’t do it. If your teen tells you that the reason for the result on their home drug test was “second hand smoke” then I hope you don’t mind if I point out the obvious and suggest that the first thing you should consider doing is asking them what they were doing in a room full of people possessing and using illegal drugs in the first place.
Next, you should realize that the home drug test kits are calibrated to recognize the presence of drugs at concentration levels high enough that “second hand smoke” shouldn’t set them off. Kids will keep using the “second hand smoke” excuse as long as parents keep falling for it.
If your teen is particularly convincing and continues to insist that they didn’t take drugs, you can always offer to have the disputed results verified using a special type of lab test called GCMS, which will help you get the truth quickly. It has been my experience that once you offer to have a GCMS confirmation test performed at a lab on the sample you collected, your teen is likely to come clean and admit using.
If you want to know more about using home drug tests or picking out the best home drug test kit for your teen, or the steps to starting a home drug testing program, then there are plenty of helpful resources on the Internet. Program checklists, counselor approved strategies and video tutorials are must-see resources that are available to help you.
Copyright 2010 Test My Teen LLC.
http://www.testmyteen.com Dr. Deb Carlin is a psychologist who works closely with the TestMyTeen.com initiative. Her work provides home drug test kits and home drug testing strategies to prevent signs of drug use and symptoms of drug use in teens.