Negangard also offered this advice:
• Keep prescription drugs in a secure location or know how many pills are in the container so you know if any are missing. Properly dispose of unused prescription drugs. “You can’t flush them. That poisons our water supply.”
• “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop. Provide for supervision after school or involve kids in after school activities,” such as sports, hunting, scouts or church.
• Divulge your family history. “Genetics plays a huge part. If alcohol or substance abuse runs in your family, the risk is greater. Tell them.”
• “Know everyone in your child’s life. You have to trust, but verify. Who your kids choose as friends will absolutely affect their futures. Their friends could be leading them down the wrong paths.”
• “Demand access to social media sites and text messages. They have no right to privacy.” With a Find iPhone app, he can track his kids’ locations.
“I’m not asking the state to (drug) test kids, I’m asking parents,” he reported. “It can be a tool in preventing your kid” from experimenting. The attorney is handing out drug testing kits to parents at schools in an initiative funded by Dearborn County Citizens Against Substance Abuse.
He explained knowing parents have kits ready to use “gives them an out when they are in peer pressure situations. You are protecting them at that party you’ve always worried about.” He urged testing teens after gatherings. “I strongly encourage you to do this because it could save your child’s life.”
“If there was a deadly virus and all it took was an occasional urine test to prevent it, wouldn’t you do it?” Those with positive drug screens should talk to counselors, perhaps at Community Mental Health Center, “to find out how big the problem is.”