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DRUG TESTING AT HOME

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A family functions best when its members are alcohol and drug-free. Parents can actively help their children remain drug-free by setting clear standards in a caring and supportive family environment. Until children are living independently from their parents (physically and financially), parents need to be engaged with any behavior that could potentially harm their children including the use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Drug testing can become a part of a family's supportive and health-conscious culture.

Establish a written family drug, alcohol, and tobacco policy with clear standards of no-use and which every family member agrees to. Consequences and privileges should be clearly stated and fairly enforced. Each family's policy is unique, as every family has its own dynamics, and may or may not include family drug testing.

Read the detailed guide on family drug testing:
Download the Full PDF: DuPont, R.L., & Bucher, R.H. (2012). Guide to Responsible Family Drug and Alcohol Testing. Rockville, MD: Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc.

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When should the family do testing?

Responsible family drug testing programs include both unannounced and event-related testing approximately four times each year. Children who know their family policy includes testing after dances, school events, or parties, will be deterred from using drugs or alcohol at these events when student drug and alcohol use is at its highest. Family drug testing can be strong motivation to resist peer pressure and remain drug and alcohol free.