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Scott County Commonwealth's Attorney office offering free drug-testing kits

September 13th, 2015 4:00 pm by Marci Gore

Scott County Commonwealth's Attorney office offering free drug-testing kits

This contributed photos shows a drug testing kit. Photo courtesy of Scott County Commonwealth Attorney's office

GATE CITY — In an effort to combat drug use in area youth, the Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney office has teamed up with the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force, Appalachia High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) and Operation Unite to offer free drug testing kits to parents.

This drug prevention initiative, called “Give Me A Reason,” is a voluntary drug testing program designed as a way for 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.”

Marcus McClung, Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney, explains that parents can come by his office and pick up a free drug kit — no questions asked.

“In the privacy of their own home, they can administer the test. The results will be found out at home. There’s no sending it off and the parents are free to do what they want with the results,” McClung said.

He adds that his office encourages parents to take two of the kits.

“Test your child and then let your child know you have another kit and you will use it. We hope that this will encourage the kids to not do drugs because they know, at any given moment, they could be tested again,” McClung said.

McClung said he wants the kits to be used to help his office fight the drug problem in Scott County.

“Oftentimes, by the time we see a person who’s being prosecuted for drugs, they are hooked,” he said. “Drugs are a serious problem for every county. We must use every tool we can to fight this problem. Drugs are not only a law enforcement issue, but a family, community and national plight. Our goal here is to give parents and families an opportunity to check their kids, hopefully, before addiction occurs, or to understand that their child has a problem and help address it before law enforcement is involved.”

The saliva-based kit tests for a variety of drugs including: Amphetamines (Adderall, Meth, Ecstasy), Barbiturates (Tranquilizers), Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Roofies), Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Methadone, Opiates (Codeine, Heroin, Morphine, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone), Phencyclidine (PCP), and Marijuana (THC).

In addition to detailed instructions on how to administer the test, the kit also includes suggestions on how to talk to your kids about drugs.

To pick up a free drug testing kit, stop by McClung's office, located in the Scott County Courthouse at 312 W. Jackson Street, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, call the Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney office at (276)386-2576.

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