Drugs are probably
one of a parent's worst nightmares. Nowadays drugs are available easily
and young people can buy them in the street, from their friends, or even
at school. Many of them are lethal chemical substances and other are
contaminated with anything from baby talc powder to rat poison and
Most parents are aware of what drugs are, but they do not have the
expertise to identify them. That is if they find them in the first
start taking less dangerous drugs, usually smoking cannabis or pills
like ecstasy and "legal highs" before moving to more dangerous like
cocaine, LSD and heroin.
Parents often see a change in the behaviour of their children but
they tend to explain it as changing mood associated with their age.
Some other parents are in complete denial, even when the proof is
facing them. Some parents however have no means to identify drugs
and drug related behaviour.
The truth is that
teenagers nowadays are more likely to know more things about drugs
then their parents.
If you are
suspecting your child is using drugs then you need professional
help. You need to identify the type of drugs and the risk they
pause, and then consult your GP or a psychologist.
Strathclyde Forensics can offer you discreet drug testing at
home, and in most instances we can identify the drug in question
within a few minutes. This is called a presumptive test, and is a
fast reliable way to identify controlled substances.
If you are
suspicious of the drug you found, we can confirm if it is the right
In some cases
(i.e. cocaine) we can identify the presence of the drug by examining
and testing surfaces (i.e. a desk, clothes, gloves)
If the substance
is not found but you suspect your underage child has been taking
drugs, then you can sign a release form, consenting in us testing a
If your child is
legally an adult, then they must consent for any kind of testing of