ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Confidential lab screenings that answer parents’ suspicions that their children may be using drugs have slowly evolved as the new norm in the fight against drug abuse and addiction.
A mother of four we will call “Joan” was convinced her 15-year-old was using marijuana after he switched from private to public school in Orange County.
Joan told News 6 she searched for anonymous lab screening services on the internet and found “Any Lab Test” in Winter Park.
Joan said she walked into the facility with her son, wary of what the results would show.
“I was very nervous,” she told News 6, “ I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do if he was positive, I didn’t know how I was going to handle that.”
The lab test , a 10-panel urine screening, delivers findings within 24 to 48 hours in most cases.
Brittany Miller, a technician with the Lab, said the panel screens for 10 metabolites: amphetamines, methamphetamines, barbiturates, marijuana,cocaine, opiates, phencyclidine, methadone and propoxyphene.
Miller told News 6 the lab is averaging 10 students a month for drug screening.
“It’s the whole gamut,” Miller told News 6, “You would be surprised how young the kids are that come in with their parents to be tested.”
Another test, which uses the student’s hair, offers a more detailed look back in time; the longer the hair, the longer the window of time.
Joan told News 6 she will have the tests conducted again if she suspects any of her kids are using drugs.
“I would rather know than not know at all,” she told News 6, “We are their biggest advocate, so if you feel like it, even if it’s a little, come and get them tested.”
Miller said parents usually ask to have their children screened for marijuana, ecstasy, heroin and amphetamines.
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