WVa Sheriff Offers Drug Test Kits To Parents

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Berkeley Springs, W.Va. (AP) -- Parents in Morgan County who aren't sure if their children are using drugs or alcohol now have a free method to find out, thanks to the county sheriff's department.

Sheriff Vince Shambaugh is using forfeited money collected from Morgan County drug dealers to fund the drug test kits, which are available for pickup at his office.

The kits include a saliva test for alcohol and a urine test for marijuana, cocaine, opiates and other substances.

Shambaugh says the goal is to start a discussion between parents and children about the dangers of substance abuse.

He encourages parents to keep the results of the tests confidential, and to seek appropriate treatment if children test positive.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by me Location: marietta on Aug 2, 2009 at 11:24 PM
    hon this is a messed up world that we all know, and i think testing your child if you believe there is a problems is a good idea, as long as it isn't taken to extremes i believe as a parent the best way to make sure your kids are clean is to test them that is sure fire way to see for 100% weither they are or not and it will help in the end rather than the kids grow up bein druggies and ruining their lives granted it is the parents responsability to talk to their child about drugs, i'm not saying it's not by any means, but for most kids just talking is not enough
  • by kat Location: marietta on Aug 2, 2009 at 06:50 AM
    anyone who believes that asking your teenager to pee in a cup would "open the subject up for discussion" is looking at the subject through rose-colored glasses. if you haven't discussed drugs with your child before the point of drug testing them, you have obviously skipped a step.
  • by wonder if on Jul 31, 2009 at 10:45 AM
    wash co will ever do this? doubtfully, after all, as those in wash co argue, "kids need their privacy too" and you see why crime is an all-time high in wash co, don't you readers?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2009 at 05:35 AM
    At what age do you start drug testing your kids? What is this messed up world comming to?
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