SALES of do-it-yourself home drug tests have risen with concerned parents using the kits to bust their children.
Distributors of Drug Alert, urine and saliva tests available in pharmacies, have reported an 80 per cent surge in sales from 28, in to more than 83, last financial year. Local distributor Frostbland's Craig Stewart attributed the spike to parents wanting proof their children were using drugs, employees in the corporate, transport and mining industries who undergo regular drug screening, and children in anticipation of their parents testing.
Money is going missing, the child is secretive and not coming home drug alert street drugs single kit night," Mr Stewart said.
He said the most popular Drug Alert products used by parents were urine test kits for marijuana and street drugs. Parents needed to consider the tests' false-positive and false-negative rates and what impact this sensitivity would have on the child.
The table below shows the cut off level crug each of the drugs they test. These cut off levels are based on the standard specifications set for substance abuse test kits.
Drug Alert kits do not use a zero level, as the possibility of obtaining a false positive result would be increased. Each kit has a control line which is indicated by a C. When a red line appears next to druga C it is your verification that the kit has worked correctly.
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