By Bill Lindelof
Placer County parents can buy drug and alcohol screening tests (left) at a cut-rate price as part of an effort by the deputy sheriff's union to stem substance abuse.
The tests are available at local high schools and sheriff's offices. The 10-panel drug tests cost $10, a discounted price compared to $40 at some pharmacies. Alcohol screening tests are $2.
Drug tests will give results for the use of amphetamines, methamphetamines, cocaine, opiates, PCP, marijuana, ecstasy, methadone, barbiturates and benzodiazepines.
The tests also check for attempts to mask drug use, such as dilution of a urine sample or adding agents to destroy drugs in the sample.
The tests, made possible through a grant from the Placer County Deputy Sheriffs' Association, can be purchased from school resource officers at Granite Bay, Del Oro, Chana, Colfax, Foresthill and North Tahoe high schools. Tests are also available at sheriff's offices in Auburn, Lincoln, Loomis and Tahoe.
A news release from the deputies union, the Sheriff's Office, the county Office of Education, the county public health lab and the Coalition for Placer Youth said that the tests could head off dangerous activity by teens under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
This activity can include driving under the influence, fighting and unprotected sexual activity, the release states.
Substance abuse can also hamper learning and make a student more likely to drop out of school, according to the release.
More comprehensive diagnostic testing is also available at the Placer County Public Health Lab at a reduced rate.
For more information view www.placerdsa.org
Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.