Youth Drug Prevention
notMYkid Inc. is dedicated to facilitating improved understanding about youth behavioral health issues by striving for prevention through education.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and helping families impacted by addiction.
Testing Tips for Parents
It’s natural to want to trust your child. But you know the facts—even good kids can sometimes make poor choices when it comes to experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Peer pressure is intense and temptation is a reality. Using a First Check® Home Drug Test to test your child’s urine for drugs is the best and easiest way to get an honest answer to one of the most difficult questions facing you today—“Is my child using drugs?”
Here are some testing tips to help ensure an accurate test result:
- Without notice or warning, wake your child up in the morning and escort him/her directly into the bathroom while letting them know you will be testing them for drugs.
- Use first morning urine since it’s typically the most concentrated urine of the day, which makes it best for detecting any drugs your child may have taken.
- First Check makes two different kinds of drug tests—cups and cassettes. If you’ve purchased a cup test, hand your child the cup portion of the test only. If using a cassette test, hand your child a clean cup for urine collection. Keep the test cap or cassette test within your control throughout the testing process.
- Stay in the bathroom with your child and supervise the collection of urine from start to finish. Your child may be more comfortable if the parent of the same sex does the supervising.
- Have your child hand you the urine-filled cup immediately after collection. The exterior of the container should feel warm to the touch, as fresh urine is body temperature.
- Once you have obtained the urine sample, you are now ready to perform the test. Do not leave the sample unattended until you have received the result and you are certain you do not want to send it to the lab for confirmatory testing.
- If the test result is a Preliminary Positive Result and you are still unsure if your child took drugs (or if your child disputes the result), you have the option of sending it into our lab for confirmatory testing. If this is the case, do not leave the sample unattended at any time, as positive urine can easily be tampered with.
- For further information on how to send a Preliminary Positive Result sample into our lab for confirmatory testing, click here. (Information can be found at the bottom of the page)
- A negative sample does not need to be sent into the lab for further testing.
First Check® Home Drug Tests are only as accurate as the urine sample being tested. Keep in mind that urine samples can easily be adulterated (i.e., contaminated or tampered with) if you do not closely supervise the entire testing process.
Urine samples can be tampered with in the following ways:
- Cleaning products and common household liquids (e.g., toilet-bowl cleaner, bleach, floor or tile cleaner, glue, and soaps) can be used as adulterants. Adulterants can also be placed on fingertips and hands and rubbed inside the test cup prior to sample collection, so encouraging hand-washing prior to urine collection is recommended.
- Be particularly aware of whether your child is concealing small containers such as eye-drop or ear-drop bottles. They’re easy to hide in pockets and can be used to hold enough bleach (or other adulterants) to cause a false test result.
- If you’re worried about your child diluting his or her urine sample with water from the toilet bowl, you may want to add several drops of blue food coloring to the bowl. If necessary, you may want to shut off the water to bathroom sinks, tubs, toilets and remove excess water from the toilet bowl.
This test provides a screening result only. It is not designed to determine the level of intoxication, nor is it to be used for legal purposes.
For more information about using home drug testing as a prevention strategy, use the following links to download resource documents provided by notMYkid:
- Family Prevention Plan (Click here for Spanish version)
- Substance Abuse Brochure
- Talking With Kids Handout
Common Methods of Evading Accurate Drug Tests Results
First Check® Home Drug Tests are highly accurate in detecting drug use but can only work effectively when the urine samples they test have not been tampered with or the person taking the test has not purposely attempted to evade a positive test result. There are several common methods that are used to avoid positive detection on a urine drug test. Of course, the only way to guarantee that a drug test will be negative is to not use any illicit substances.
Below are the four most common methods used to evade a urine drug test:
- When a tester drinks large amounts of water (at least one gallon) before taking a drug test, urine becomes diluted and metabolites from drugs may become undetectable.
- If the first round of results is inconclusive and a second test is necessary, more time will have passed and detectable quantities of drugs may have naturally passed through the system.
- Other methods for diluting the urine include adding a drop of water to the sample. However, whether it has been ingested or added to a sample, water can make urine look extremely pale and may raise red flags indicating that the sample has been tampered with.
- Cleansing Products
- There are an increasing number of products sold that claim to “cleanse the body of toxins” and specifically claim to mask illicit drugs in the system.
- These formulated “detox” drinks are sold at local nutritional supplement stores and are widely available online.
- They contain ingredients such as filtered water, fructose, maltodextrin, citric acid, potassium citrate, potassium benzoate, ascorbic acid, red 40, riboflavin, and more.
- They work by masking the drug metabolites found in the urine. There is often a limited amount of time that these products can effectively conceal drug use (i.e., 3 to 4 hours)
- Chemical Adulterants
- Some of the most common agents that are added to a urine sample include bleach, eyedrops, hand soap, vinegar, table salt, and lemon juice.
- These chemicals can be easily concealed in small vials and are usually added to the sample when individuals are taking the test unsupervised.
- Synthetic Urine
- Another common method for concealing drug use is to substitute “clean” urine that does not have any trace of illicit drugs for the urine that does contain drug metabolites.
- This can be accomplished by asking a friend for a clean sample or by purchasing a clean sample online. (The clean urine is usually refrigerated and the temperature is a clear sign that the sample is not valid.)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
An agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
The DEA is responsible for enforcing the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States. The DEA has compiled a wealth of information on the current drug situation for each state, including the following information:
- Statistics on each drug abused in the state
- State drug trends
- Law enforcement
- Impact on the community
- Federal Drug Seizures (listed by drug)
Department of Labor
Each state has its own policies and laws for drug testing in the workplace and promoting a drug-free work environment. The Department of Labor has compiled the laws of every state and their regulations. First Check wants to give you a way to prepare yourself by knowing your rights when it comes to drug testing and the regulations an employer must abide by in your state.
The Department of Labor is a reliable source of information on some of the following workplace regulations on drug testing by state:
- Transportation Drug Testing
- Drug-Free Workplace Act
- Drug-Free Workplace Requirements
- Employee random drug testing regulations
- Employer random drug testing guidelines
American Heart Association
The AHA provides you with ways to keep your cholesterol levels under control and information on heart disease.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering.
First Check Diagnostics, LLC is offering links to these resources for informational purposes only, and is in no way affiliated with any of the entities that provide these resources.