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Drug testing at home... It is a concept that is becoming increasingly popular in our area, but is it a way of helping teens or is it an invasion of privacy?

Rick Paxton is a father of a third grader who knows what kind of peer pressure his daughter is going to have to face in just a few years. That is why he began the drug test and education program.

Paxton says, “I brought it to North Carolina because there was no one here doing it and no one here to help the parents.”

The at home drug testing kit comes in the mail. In the kit you get an alcohol test, drug test and CD with information. To use the drug test kit, you need to take a urine sample, open up the lid, put it on top and wait five minutes. If you do not see a line next to the drug's name, that drug has been used.

Paxton says it tests for ten different popular drugs ranging from marijuana to ecstasy. Parents can tell almost instantly if their child has been using drugs. Paxton says the tests are 99.9% accurate and it is an FDA approved product.

People have mixed emotions about the test.

Diane Shoulders is a parent and says, "I think it is a good idea. I don't think children really have privacy. You are responsible for them, so therefore you have to do what you have to do to make sure they're safe."

Thirteen-year-old Arianna Nasser says, "I would not want them to invade my privacy but I don't do drugs."

If kids do not want to take drug test, Paxton says the drug-testing program teaches parents ways to get the sample without their kids knowing.

Nasser says, “I think it is probably a good thing that parents would do drug testing because it shows that they care about their kid."

Each test costs $49.95. For more information on the at home drug testing program click on http://safesurroundings.net/

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