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Why Test Kids?
Why Test Kids?

"Have a conversation, not a confrontation," is great advice from experts.  We're attaching a good guide from the Partnership For Drug Free Kids, on how to talk to your kids - see below to download.    (More... resources from Partnership For Drug Free Kids.)

Early intervention could be critical to prevent your adolescent from "experimenting" or developing a more serious "habit."  If you suggest a drug test and the child agrees, you can decide which kind of test you may want to have them take. 

A urine test will show recent drug or alcohol use between 1 to 3 days.  A hair test can indicate long term use of drugs.  Typically the hair for a drug test is taken from the crown of the head close to the root growth. 

If you get the teen's agreement, Workplace Screening Intelligence has over 20,000 collection sites nationwide.  Just fill out the order form on this site and we'll handle your request confidentially. 

Behaviors of Use

  Some of the behaviors that a parent can look for will help to identify potential alcohol or drug use:

  • Skipping school, no longer interested  in extracurricular activities, hobbies or sports
  • Stays out past curfew
  • Has cash flow problems, always asking for money, stealing money
  • Drives recklessly, and has car accidents or unexplained dents in the car
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Locks doors, makes secretive phone calls
  • Has the “munchies” or sudden appetite
  • Has become unusually clumsy: stumbling, lacking coordination, poor balance
  • Disappears for long periods of time
  • Has changed relationships with family members or friends
Physical Cues of Use

  Other visual clues that could indicate alcohol or drug use:

  • Missing alcohol or cigarettes
  • Disappearance of money or valuables
  • Smell of smoke or other unusual smells on breath or on clothes
  • Messy appearance
  • Red eyes, flushed cheeks or face
  • Track marks on arms or legs or wearing long sleeves in warm weather
  • Sudden or dramatic weight loss or gain
  • Skin abrasions/bruises
  • Accidents or injuries
  • Depression
  • Headaches