Home Drug Tests - The Facts!
Home drug tests can represent a lifeline for concerned parents who
worry that their child / teenager may be using illegal drugs.
Parents are often reluctant to initially seek help, perhaps because
they fear to accept the possibility that their children could use
drugs. Fortunately, the internet now enables parents to find
information and advice about drug use anonymously and this level of
anonymity can be maintained by using
drug testing kits to determine whether their child requires
Please also see our
Tackling Drug Addiction - for Parents and Families page or our
Home Drug Test FAQ
In the NHS report ‘Statistics of Drug Misuse and Young People:
England 2006’, 19 percent (almost one in five) of secondary school
children claimed to have used illegal drugs within the last year. 4
percent of 11 year olds had abused a volatile substance and 1
percent had experimented with cannabis / marijuana. In children aged
15, this figure was much higher - 27 percent had used cannabis /
Perhaps of greater concern was that 4 percent of secondary school
children in 2005 claimed to have used a Class A drug within the last
year (heroin, cocaine, crack, ecstasy, amphetamines when injected,
LSD, methadone and magic mushrooms). 12 percent admitted to having used
cannabis / marijuana, which is currently a Class C drug.
Bearing these statistics in mind, it is understandable that any parents
concerned about their son or daughter using drugs. Drugs have
impact their children's lives, including poor school performance, social
/ behavioural problems and severe health risks - not to mention the simple fact that they are breaking the law.
The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 clearly states that it is an offence to
unlawfully possess or supply a controlled drug, even if the drug is
supplied free of charge rather than the traditional ‘dealing’
whereby drugs are exchanged for money. Many young people do
not realise this and can inadvertently put themselves in a more
precarious legal position.
The penalties for dealing in a Class A drug can incur a sentence in
prison of up to life. Possessing a Class A drug such as cocaine,
ecstasy or heroin is up to seven years imprisonment or an unlimited
fine, or both. Dealing in a Class C drug such as cannabis /
carries a penalty of up to 14 years in prison or an unlimited fine, or both.
Possessing cannabis / marijuana can result in a prison sentence of up to two
years or an unlimited fine, or both.
Notable results from an ICM Research poll which previously was
presented in the
News of the World on Sunday demonstrated that 82% of parents and 66%
of children support drug testing in schools and of the 1,000 parents
surveyed, 96% said they would want to know if their son or daughter
was taking drugs.
This is understandable, but unfortunately, few schools are yet signed up to
testing pupils in any way, so many young people remain vulnerable to exposure
to drugs with no formal programme to identify problems in their
drug tests can offer parents the opportunity to test their child
in the privacy of their own home as an initial step to determining
if their child is at risk.
The simple knowledge that a testing programme is in place at home
can be an effective deterrent for recreational drugs use, plain old
curiosity or peer pressure to share drugs handed out amongst
friends. A negative home drugs test result can bring peace of mind
to anxious parents and if a home drug test is positive, then parents
/ familes are forewarned and forearmed with the information required
to seek confidential, professional help from a doctor or a drug
Please visit our
Tackling Drug Addiction - for Parents and Families page if you
would like some further support in this area.
We also offer a range of
test kits to detect alcohol in breath, saliva or urine.
These tests are in the form of either test strips, disposable
breathalyzer units or electronic breath alcohol tests. If you
would like to
alcohol testing kits online, please visit our
Alcohol Facts Relating to Young People
If you would like to read some of the
most recent alcohol facts and alcohol statistics, visit our
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics in Young People.
There are also articles related to alcohol statistics in our
Drug-Aware Blog - which is regularly updated with
new fact based articles.