The Auburn Police Department is offering teen drug testing kits for sale. According to Sergeant Scott Alford with the Auburn Police Department, these kits test for several classifications of commonly abused drugs including: specific depressants, Cocaine, Cannabis, Amphetamines, Methamphetamines and Opiates. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the illicit use of drugs by our nation’s youth has steadily increased from 2007 to 2010. The 2010 study indicates that 21.4% of 8th graders, 37% of 10th graders and 48.2% of 12th graders have participated in illicit drug use. Sergeant Alford says if parents suspect drug use they can test and if positive, can get their teens some help.
The Auburn Police Department has purchased a supply of drug testing kits to be available for sale to the public thanks to a donation from the Auburn Elks Lodge. The vendor reports a 98% accuracy rate for these test kits. Suggested retail for these kits in a medical facility is over twenty dollars. These kits will be made available to the public at $5 at cost All funds received from the purchase of these drug testing kits will go towards maintaining a supply of kits for this ongoing community outreach program. Drug test kits will be available for purchase via cash or check in the amount of $5.03 (includes tax) at the Auburn Police Department public service counter Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.