jeffyjoe44's picture

Would you home drug test your teen?

I figured this might get more answers from parents. I have two daughters. I am not worried about them being out of control. Both are good kids, getting good grades, and are successful athletes.
But I don't want them to derail their strong positive outlook. I am wondering if I should routinely drug test them.
Would anyone else do this? Does anyone else have experience with this? I was reading about the Myteensavers home drug test, and I was surprised that teens were supporting being tested by their parents.
Looking for help from others like me..


Host Marti's picture
Host Marti

Hi Jeffyjoe

I would only drug test my teen if I had reason to believe they were using drugs. I don't think I would test just in case. I think that would break trust between you and your daughters.


mayamay's picture

If I was not spending at least 10 minutes a day face-to-face (at meals, over homework, doing chores) with my teen, I might consider drug testing. Research the common signs and symptoms of drug abuse, then make a decision.

junieg's picture

No, I definitely wouldn't. As was said, it does break the trust between you.
If you spend quality time with your child I am sure you would be able to spot the signs of drug abuse.

cjmom2be's picture

I agree with previous posters. There are many other ways to detect if your teen having troubles without overtly showing mistrust like that--mainly, by talking to them and making them feel like they can come to you with anything. good luck!

jimrich's picture

I agree with Host Marti!

SnglDad's picture

Jim, did you ever have a drug scare wwith your own children? Please tell us how you handled that. Also, how many kids do you have?

jillian's picture

I am a teenager who is similar. I am good in school and sports. If my parents drug tested me routinely I would be very upset. That is an invasion of privacy after they proved they are good kids who can handle some freedom. Only drug test them if you have a reason to believe they will test "positive".

jimrich's picture


Thank you for a teenager's perspective here. It's SO REFRESHING!