Updated: Mar 27
As a parent looking for answers, you may be considering drug testing your child in the hopes that it will allay your concerns, or in the hope that it will discourage them from experimenting with illicit substances. If you suspect that your child is already using substances, you can assume that testing will help prevent serious use or addiction.
The decision to test your child should be well thought out and you need to make sure that this is what’s best for them. If you have decided that testing your child is imperative, you can take advantage of the SafeCare Combined Rapid Drug Test, which is used to detect four drugs in human urine: amphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, and opiates. The test is intended for use by medical professionals.
When should the test be done?
Determining the exact time to do the test is a difficult task because different drugs react differently. For example, marijuana leaves the body slowly and can result in positive tests within days or even a month, depending on the amount and frequency of use. On the other hand, traces of cocaine, heroin, and meth tend to disappear very quickly, usually within one to three days.
With that in mind, should you be testing once a week or more often? A day after a party or other events? Although it is better not to have a specific day, since random testing provides the element of surprise, it is possible that the time chosen is not correct and your child may test negative, even if they have taken drugs in the past few days. Therefore, you must make your own decision based on the situation, your personal judgment and any questionable behaviour from your child.
Accuracy of the result
The Safecare Combined Rapid Drug Test provides a result within 5 minutes with 99.99% accuracy. But keep in mind that many kids know ways to get around the urine test. For example, bleach or other substances are often used to falsify drug tests, and purchased or "borrowed" urine is often used to avoid detection. Kids are aware that there are different options both online and at any neighbourhood store or even many 24/7 stores.
So, think carefully about testing and how to keep your child's trust. Stay in your role as a parent and leave the testing to a medical professional.
What’s next if the test is positive?
A positive test result indicates that you need to talk to your child about drug use. Through an open, honest conversation, you can learn more about the reason for the positive test result.
If you decide to drug test your child and it comes back positive, it's also important to talk to a professional about teen drug abuse.