The “Give Me A Reason” drug prevention initiative is a voluntary drug testing program designed as a way for our youth to avoid peer pressure and give them a reason to say “no” to drug use. When confronted with drugs, this initiative will give youth an opportunity to say:
“I can’t use drugs, my parents drug test me!”
“Give Me A Reason” will provide free saliva-based drug testing kits to parents or caregivers. The non-invasive test is then given within the privacy of your home with results* in approximately 10 minutes.
The kit tests for a variety of drugs including: Amphetamines (Adderall, Meth, Ecstasy), Buprenorphine, Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Roofies), Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Methadone, Opiates (Codeine, Heroin, Morphine, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone), Phencyclidine (PCP), and Marijuana (THC).
- For detailed instructions on how to use the drug test kit click here
- Click here to download a single-page copy of the instructions .
Included in the kit is a brief questionnaire and self-addressed stamped envelope. For your convenience, you may choose to respond using an on-line questionnaire form.
The test was positive. Now what?
If a positive test result occurs, parents/caregivers should contact their family doctor, Family Resource & Youth Service Center, area hospital or health department to determine the next course of action to take.
For a listing of resources click here.
Where can I obtain a kit?
Kits are available in counties that are participating in the program.
To view a listing of locations where free drug test kits are available, click here.
Why should I drug test?
Drug testing is a logical and simple way to hold children accountable to family rules concerning use or abuse of drugs – illegal, prescription or over-the-counter. The goal of this program is to help your child make positive life choices.
Young people are especially vulnerable to drug abuse – a time when the brain and body are still developing. Studies show that the earlier a teen begins using drugs, the more likely he or she will develop a substance abuse problem or addiction. Teens who stay away from drugs in high school are less likely to develop a substance abuse problem later in life.
Hayes Lewis Elementary: “Give Us A Reason”
The UNITE Club at Hayes Lewis Elementary School in Leslie County created this video in December 2014 to promote the new “Give Me A Reason” drug test kit program.
* Click here to download a “Limitations of the test as provided by manufacturer” disclaimer
“Give Me A Reason” was launched on October 14, 2014, as a drug prevention initiative of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and Operation UNITE.