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Sunman-Dearborn Home Drug Tests

A local prosecutor brings an extraordinary and rather controversial drug testing program to the tri-state.

The program, working through schools and churches provides parents with everything they need to randomly test their children for illegal drugs. The test comes in this envelope and is easy to use. In a story you'll see only on Local 12 news, Rich Jaffe says, for some students, the testing could begin just as classes resume, next week.

The drug tests couldn't be easier to use. Parents simply get a urine specimen from their children in one of these containers, wait a few minutes, and the test will either show up negative or positive for a variety of different drugs. The idea's already been presented to 600 families at Bright Christian Church.

Linda hutchinson said  "We know that we have a long way to go. We're hoping we can reach the children young. Reach the families before the crisis occurs and partner with the schools and the faith community and try to eradicate an epidemic."

On Monday at the PTO open house for sunman Dearborn intermediate school, interested parents will be able to pick up their own test kits. It's part of a program called "Protect Your Family". The power behind this unique drug prevention plan comes from the Ohio and Dearborn County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard.

"I decided to go through churches because one of the biggest problems is getting audiences to this. Parents don't want to talk about this. They don't want to have this conversation. They need to have this conversation, it's very important but they don't want to."  Negangard said.

Negangard and Bright Christian have already put together a video presentation on the churches website. Aside from giving parents a tool the hope is the test gives kids an out against peer pressure.

"The kids were shocked at first - that mom and dad would do this. I think if we as parents would just say this is just something we do. The kids would accept it and really use it in pressure situations with their peers." Hutchinson said

"And I encourage parents to start early like sixth grade when they're about to be tempted we want it to hit early before this becomes a problem. So it becomes an understanding among the kids this isn't a line I'm gonna cross because it's a line I'm gonna get caught at." Negangard added

The tests are offered free to parents.   The prosecutor will present his program august 26th at the First Baptist Church in Aurora. And again September 9th at St. Lawrence School in Lawrenceburg.

For more information about the program you can go to our website and click on the red Get It button.




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