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What does a parent do if they want to keep their child drug-free, or suspects their child may have a substance abuse problem?
Whatever it takes!

According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, 1 in 5 seventh graders have smoked marijuana. Adolescence is a scary and confusing time for our young people. School is changing, they are changing, life in general is more challenging and stressful. They are faced with infinitely more opportunities and choices! and not all of them favorable. They are at a time when fitting in and finding their place in their school and social circle is foremost in their minds. So much so, in fact, that they unfortunately 'act' based on what someone else may think of them before considering what is truly in their best interest. As a parent, you can be one of their best weapons in their fight to stay drug-free. Be aware and involved. Look for the warning signs that your child may be developing a substance-abuse problem and get help before the problem occurs. Set Limits. "This family doesn't do drugs. This family doesn't hang around people who do drugs." Enforce these limits and be committed to lead with a consistently good example.

Parents, your best weapon to helping your child is Knowledge. You've got to know what you are dealing with in order to deal with it quickly and effectively. A Drug & Alcohol test is your first step. Our experience in this area shows us what drugs to look for and how best to detect them. Some of the most common drugs of abuse are:

Amphetamines
Methamphetamines
Barbiturates
Benzodiazepine
Cannabinoid
Cocaine
Methaqualone
Opiates
Phencyclidine / PCP
And many more



Randomly testing your child will either help put your mind at ease or give you valuable, usable information with which to help him or her. All results are strictly confidential between STAT Labs and you, the parent. One parent who brought her teenager in for testing confided to us that she was concerned at first that her son would be upset with her that she was questioning him and having him tested. "I didn't want him to think that I totally didn't trust him, but at the same time, I felt that it was a good idea to go through with it." As it turned out, it was a good idea. Although her son tested negative, it opened up some valuable communication with him that she later shared with us. She told her son that she didn't want to make him feel that she didn't trust him, but that her concern for his well-being was more important to her than making him a little mad. "I could get over not being popular with him for awhile, but I'd never be able to forgive myself if something was going on and I put blinders on, not wanting to admit or see, and something happen to him." Her son even admitted that he had been offered "stuff" on several occasions and that it was getting harder and harder to say no. After being tested, he blamed having to turn it down on his crazy mom who pops a test on him when he least expects it. As a concerned and caring parent, that kind of blame is easy to bare. As one parent stated, "I don't think my child is doing drugs, but by testing him randomly, I'm giving him another excuse to 'Say No'. And now-a-days, they need all the excuses they can get."

 

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