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Why Test Kids?
Why Test Kids?

  According to HealthChildren.org, one in four illicit-drug users between the age of twelve and seventeen develops dependency, a rate significantly higher than any other age group.


Why Test Teenagers At All? 

  According to NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), teens' brain and bodies are still developing, and this makes them especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of drug use. Not all teens use illicit drugs, but for those who do, it can lead to a wide range of adverse effects on their behavior and health.  In the short term, even a single use of an intoxicating drug can affect a person's judgement and decision making, resulting in accidents, poor performance in school or sports activities, unplanned risky behavior, and overdose.  Long term repeated drug use can lead to serious problems such as poor academic outcomes, mood changes (depending on the drug: depression, anxiety, paranoria, psychosis), and social or family problems caused or worsened by drugs.

  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 up to 90 days.  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 8000 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