New Albany-Floyd county school district to hand out free drug tests - WDRB 41 Louisville News

New Albany-Floyd county school district to hand out free drug tests

This fall, middle schoolers in the New Albany-Floyd county district will face a new kind of test, a drug test.  The people giving it will be their own parents.

What officials in New Albany Floyd county schools hope the tests will help middle school age kids say no to drugs.  The "first check" test kits will be given to middle school parents free charge, so they can prove to themselves whether their kids are doing drugs.

An organization called Project 7th grade is providing the kits free of charge.  The kits consist of a cup and a dish that will give easy-to-read color coded results in just five minutes.  The kits can detect the presence of 12 illegal street drugs, and five commonly abused prescription drugs. 

It's up to parents what happens if the test is positive.  Parents say, the program will give them the nudge they need to find out for sure.

Parents who want the kits must first attend a 25 minute presentation, that will discuss common drug problems among teens, and the signs that may indicate a child is abusing drugs.

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