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Kronenwetter PD offers free at-home drug tests for teens


The Kronenwetter Police Department is starting a new initiative to fight back against young people using drugs. Officers are getting creative to find ways to work with parents on what they call a growing problem.

Kronenwetter Police say they often see the effect drugs can have on teens. Now, through a new partnership, they hope more parents will, too.

"We're trying to help by enabling parents the ability to find out if their kids are involved with drugs, so we can kind of be a little proactive at fighting some of these issues," said Kronenwetter Police Officer Luis Lopes-Serrao. offers free at-home drug tests when you use a code from the Kronenwetter Police Department's website. All you have to do is pay shipping and handling. The kit tests for ten types of drugs, including heroin and marijuana. Police say testing may stop kids from using drugs in the first place.

"The other half of it is that kids can go to their friends who may be trying to push them into drug use and say, 'I can't do it, because my parents test me,'" said Serrao.

Some parents oppose at-home drug testing. They say it shouldn't come to this, but others tell us they support the idea.

"If I suspected, I don't see why I would be in denial about it and not try to help them if they had a problem," said Heather Haupt of Wausau. has resources available on how to talk to teens about drugs. Police say communication is key.

"I think it's good to sit down and have an open conversation about it, that this is a possibility," said Serrao.

"I think any time you have open lies of communication, that helps solve problems, it helps to strike up that conversation for when and if," said Haupt.

Police say they hope this is just another way they can fight back against drugs.


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