The Wabasha County Sheriff's Office along with the Plainview, Wabasha, and Lake City Police are proud to announce a new tool available for parents in our county. The tool is a kit called KEEP KIDS CLEAN that will be used for drug or alcohol testing at home in privacy.
For sometime now, Law Enforcement in the county has been thinking about a new way to combat the drug problem with our youth. They realize that the reactive approach doesn't necessarily fix the problems with addiction. The arrests for drugs are going up and the jails and prisons are getting overcrowded. The feeling is that if parents are more involved with their youth and let them know up front that there will be consequences for their actions, the youth will be less likely to use drugs.
The kit includes: 1 alcohol test kit, 1 drug test kit, and instructions. The tests are available at your local Police Departments and the Sheriff's Office. The cost is $20 for the kit and some of the proceeds are going to benefit the Wabasha County Substance Abuse Court. The kits are saliva based which should make for easy use. These tests can only be use once.
Sheriff Rodney Bartsh commented, " Our society has changed in so many ways. One of the changes is the different drugs available to our kids and the potency in those drugs. Today, marijuana can be up to 10 times stronger than it was in the 1960's and 1970's. Also, the meth epidemic in America is still ongoing and does not appear to be going away any time soon. Our goal in providing this drug testing kit is not to be intrusive into your lives.
We hope if you obtain a kit and your kid tests positive, you get them the help they need. We also hope that if you keep a kit on hand as a preventative measure, that your youth may acknowledge that by not using drugs. We believe that if we help at least one youth by our program, it will be considered a success!!