(Dearborn County, Ind.) - Drug testing kits are being given out by a local parent-teacher organization to Dearborn County parents in hopes that it will slow the drug epidemic.
While Dearborn County is not the only tri-state community affected by a surge in heroin arrests, county citizens have shown a desire to keep their young people drug-free. One of the methods Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard has supported to aid in that effort is home drug testing.
Negangard and Bright Christian Church are behind a new effort to give out free drug testing kits which parents can use on their teens. The tests indicate use of heroin, marijuana, and other drugs.
The Sunman-Dearborn Intermediate School PTO will pass out those free kits during their open house on Monday, August 5 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
“This is a huge step for parents to take control of the drug problem in our schools,” said Sunman-Dearborn Intermediate School PTO President Rollie Hollowell.
Hollowell hopes that more schools will follow her organization’s example. Home drug testing takes pressure off kids and gives them another good reason to say no when presented an opportunity to do drugs, Hollowell said.
Prosecutor Negangard has also held a series of community meetings this year to inform local parents how they can protect their families from substance abuse. More meetings are scheduled. The next is Monday, August 26 at the First Baptist Church in Aurora. Another is set for Monday, September 9 at Saint Lawrence School in Lawrenceburg. Both meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.