The "Give Me A Reason" drug prevention initiative is a voluntary drug testing program designated as a way for our youth to avoid peer pressure and give them a reason to say "no" to drug use. When confronted with drugs, this initiative will give youth an opportunity to say:
"I can't use drugs, my parents drug test me!"
"Give Me A Reason" will provide free saliva-based drug testing kits to parents or caregivers. The non-invasive test is then given within the privacy of your home with results in approximately 10 minutes.
The kit tests for a variety of drugs including: Amphetamines (Adderall, Meth, Ecstasy), Barbiturates (Tranquilizers), Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Roofies), Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Methadone, Opiates (Codeine, Heroin, Morphine, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone), Phencyclidine (PCP), and Marijuana (THC).
"Addiction is at an epidemic proportion nationwide. Law Enforcement must use every avenue to protect society from the destruction the drug addiction is causing in our lives. While enforcement plays a huge roles in reducing the sale of illegal narcotics, we must find a way to give our youth a reason to say no. This program will do just that. This is a great tool for parents to have to educate their children about the dangers of using drugs and having it in their homes will give our youth a reason to say no the next time someone offers them drugs," said Bridgeport Police Chief John Walker.