PLACERVILLE, Calif. (CBS13) — Parents of Placer County students can now buy discounted drug tests from high schools, a tactic that county officials hope will help cut down on what appears to be a rising drug use rate.

The inventive anti-drug campaign comes on the heels of a recent survey from a Placer County high school that found “half of the students” use marijuana.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Department is making the $40 drug tests available for just $10 for parents in response to concerns over drugs in schools. The 10-panel urine test checks for methamphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and other drugs, officials said.

A simple $2 test to check for alcohol is also available, said Deputy Laurie Bettencourt.

Parents can buy the tests on campus from the school’s resource officers or at the sheriff’s offices.

Comments (233)
  1. Dr. D. Mentia says:

    Why don’t they give all these kids AIDS tests, and find out how many are infected? Doesn’t anyone care about that?

  2. inquirefd says:

    Don’t partake myself, but this sounds like a police department drumming up some fear in a time of budget cuts.

    You know when your kids are stoned, if you pay attention to them at all. Don’t waste time or money on drug tests. Just spend some time with your kids.

  3. David Cagle says:

    You think the cops are selling $ 40.00 drug tests for $ 10.00 and losing money ? Ha.

  4. scott says:

    Only half of the student are getting high?
    it was a majority of the students at my school ,including most of the teachers.
    so whats the “new” problem here?
    I’m 52:)
    they want to start drug testing kids??
    and thats news….pleeze.
    I guess the the police dept. needed some advertising for there product line:)
    are we stoned or stupid…

  5. Nelson Phillips says:


    Gee, how’s that whole ‘war on drugs’ thing workin’ out for ya?

    Let’s see… It causes vilolence and crime… Kills thousands every year… Incarcerates thousands every year… And doesn’t stop the problem.

    Wow, sounds like success.

  6. Safron says:

    More drug testing leads to failure. It creates more hell rather than addressing why people have a motive to use drugs. Drug use rises due to depression and bad feelings rising. SSRIs don’t work. Psychiatry doesn’t work in its current state. The solution is to find ways to truly make people feel better, not create more hell darkness and evil by increasing security and control. Perhaps we should listen to this new paradigm now, rather than go through hell and ignorance for years then finally change.

  7. Bacon says:

    Wow just another stunt in the war on drugs. When are the police going to smarten up and actually do something useful, like bust a meth lab once in a while…

  8. Nidal Muhammed says:

    There’s your future tax base, Caleeefornia!

    Illegal aliens and pot-heads.

    CA = R.I.P.

  9. Crosscut says:

    I am all for drug testing if it includes faculty and staff.

    1. cbm says:

      If faculty and staff were tested, there wouldn’t be many teachers left.

  10. Chuck Curry says:

    Why don’t they just put up on of those “drug free zone” signs?

  11. Chicago Nick says:

    If you need a drug test kit to see that your kids are stoners you need to put down the prescriptions and Vodka long enough to pay attention.

  12. J noonan says:

    Good for the kids, there is no harm in it and it is normal (and I am certain that it is higher than 50%….it was in the early 1990s anyway at my school). Loosen up people, let’s quit wasting money on the drug war. I am in my late 30s, successful, and haven’t smoked pot for years….but when I did it did not harm me at all.

    1. cosmicwxdude says:

      I’m 47 and have since high school….steady good paying scientifically based job, family of 4 in a modest home. Kids are in sports, cub scouts etc…but yup, I smoke it almost every day, but of course out of their site. Such a happy relaxant after work. Ahh, so nice….

      1. sueinmi says:

        “Sight”, and you have a lot in common with our prez. Too bad you keep it from your family, it would make for great family time.

  13. cosmicwxdude says:

    Poor kids, I feel for you.

  14. john says:

    they should also encourage the kids to buy the tests to test their parents, OHH and also the police should be tested evrey week

  15. MikeOOooS says:

    This is a BAD IDEA. I have raised two young men and we have had our sit downs about alcohol and drugs. Parents drug testing their kids, and schools randomly testing kids is a BAD IDEA. This should be a last resort to a suspicious situation, not a first act that WILL lead to distrust of the student with the parents, student and school, and student and community. The Placerville Sheriffs Dept. is alright in selling the tests, and whatnot. What happens if a kid tests positive,does it go on a “permanent record”, blemishing a kid for good? That’s not the answer, we got enough criminals as it stands. If there is a suspicion, prove it. If not then get lost, the honest kid being called to take a drug test they don’t deserve,and pasted didn’t prove a negative. This is all about a system making a few bucks off the kids and their families over a misdemeanor charge in most cases..

  16. Matt says:

    The Land of the Free – Not any more it isn’t!

  17. sueinmi says:

    Not surprising. Here in MI, it’s that and worse. Whites and blacks alike are regular users, prescription drug addictions at an all time high, methadone labs in everyone’s neighborhood, metadone babies born to addicts (at least 6 weeks hospitalization for infants to be weaned off of drugs), parents are addicts and users, hs students are addicts and users, everyone’s on public healthcare or SSI, tax payers and jobs moving out, drug passing kits at the CVS counters. Welcome to reality.

  18. Berry Goodman says:

    ugh, what was I going to say?

  19. BRBSanDiego says:

    If the kids need testing, I think the parents should line up and take the tests also. Bet money that the parents come out close to 30% positive. what do you think the teachers would test at?

  20. Concerned says:

    Placerville is in El Dorado County, not Placer County which is to the north. Perhaps CBS Sacramento should buy up a few of the spare drug tests for their reporters.

    Parents have always been able to purchase home “drug-test” kits for testing their own children, it seems the county is assisting parents in purchasing the test kits at a reduced price to parents, albeit at a cost to taxpayers.

    If half of school kids are testing positive for Marijuana, then that begs the real question. How much longer should we continue to promote, fund and prosecute for this FAILED “War” on Drugs?

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