In Rural Metro, Rochester, drug overdose incidents are fast becoming a normal occurrence as an astounding 1,600 calls a year, or 3 to 5 calls a day, are received for ambulance assistance due to overdose related cases. From the total number of calls made, more than a hundred involve kids and young adults aged 10 to 20 years old.
This is why the Rural Metro has partnered with the notMYkid organization, a group campaigning against teen addiction, to address the alarming situation.
Through their initiative, 500 free home drug testing kits, with the capacity to determine 12 kinds of drugs including prescription medications, will be made available for parents in the Rochester region at no cost.
From marijuana to Oxycontin, parents will be able to identify which drug their kids are hooked on in minutes using the home testing kits.
Rural Metro General Manger Thomas Bonfiglio said the kits can even be used to open communication lines between parents and their children before drug complications can happen in the family. “Sometimes having this kit will create conversation to prevent from getting into in the first place,” Bonfiglio claimed.
The earlier partnership of the Rochester Police Department and DePaul National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence supported the idea of giving drug testing kits to the community. According to Jennifer Faringer who heads the DePaul National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in Rochester, many parents worry about their kids when it comes to drug issues, and so the kit will be a very useful tool for these concerned parents.
Starting April 21, the kits will be made available in the Rochester area. Parents can visit various locations, including the Rochester Police Headquarters on Exchange Boulevard and the DePaul Council at 1931 Buffalo Road, to take advantage of the free drug testing kits.