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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
Testmyteen.com 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
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.
Testmyteen.com 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,"
"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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