Substance abuse groups to distribute drug-testing kits

The San Tan Valley Substance Abuse Coalition is again working with notMYkid to assist parents and kids make positive life choices.

Its next event will take place 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Rural/Metro Fire Station 841, 911 E. Hunt Hwy. in San Tan Valley.

notMYkid is a Phoenix-based organization that provides prevention education to youth and adults regarding teen issues such as drug abuse, depression, bullying, Internet safety, eating disorders and safe dating, according to its website.

On April 18, notMYkid representatives, working with the STVSAC, will distribute hundreds of free First Check home drug-test kits and family drug-prevention plans. The event is being held two days before April 20, also known as 420, which has become a popular day for some young people to use drugs, according to a press release.

“Parents, are you familiar with the meaning of ‘420’? If you heard your child or one of their friends use the term or saw it written on one of their notebooks, would it stand out to you?” Rusty Parenteau, an STVSAC spokeswoman, asked in the release. “For many young people, it will be the first time they make the choice to ever use a drug. It’s important for parents and family members to be aware of the significance of this date in order to help prevent children and teens from beginning down the path to substance abuse.”

The home drug-test kids are valued at $40. They provide parents a deterrent and offer kids a solid reason to say “no” when offered drugs, according to the release. The kits test for 12 different drugs, including seven illicit drugs and five prescription drugs.

For more information, visit the organization website.

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