Why More N.Y. Parents Are Drug Testing Their Kids

The kits come in a magnetized box, so they can go on the refrigerator as a constant reminder for kids to turn away from prescription drug abuse.

Spreading the Word

In the next town over from Phoenix, Schroeppel, N.Y., town councilman Dick Kline donated $250 to help fund the program here. In addition to drug testing kit programs in Suffolk County and Phoenix, school districts and towns in Onondaga County, N.Y. have been talking about instituting similar initiatives.

Marcellus Central School District superintendent Craig Tice said that he has been to several meetings with a community group, Family and Community Together With Schools. They have expressed interest in bringing drug testing there. So has nearby Baldwinsville, N.Y. Jeanne Dangle, superintendent of the Baldwinsville Central School District, said that the district has "decided to pursue it, and educate a few more people about it."

Chinchar said he's been in touch with school districts "in the thousands," from Alaska to Maryland. Chinchar sells them to schools for $10 each, discounted from the $35 price pharmacies charge.

Moving Forward

Though the program has been popular in Phoenix, the village is still fighting the battle against drug abuse. In late October, police confiscated more drugs at the high school -- this time, a few pill bottles, again stolen from a student's home. Carr said the student only made a few dollars off the alleged transaction.

Andersson, from Long Island, said the drug testing kits are a great deterrent for kids who would otherwise be pressured in to taking drugs forced upon them by peers. "It's a great 'out' for them," she said. "They can say, 'hey, when I get home, my mom's going to test me.'" That, she says, could prove to be invaluable protection for children like her son -- protection she and her neighbors have been looking for.

ABCNews.com contributor Matt Markham is a member of the Syracuse University ABC News on Campus bureau.

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