Byline: Christy Gutowski Daily Herald Staff Writer
Robert Downs didn't mind taking a drug test to get hired at Sportmart.
But it'd be a different story if the Wood Dale teen's parents required one at home.
"It separates the child from the parent a lot," the Fenton senior said. "It's a matter of trust. It's saying 'I don't trust you.'"
The Wood Dale Police Department is the first in DuPage County to begin providing home drug testing kits free-of-charge to parents who suspect their children of using drugs.
The department just ordered 50 kits, which will be available to parents in April. Proof of residency is required, but no names are recorded.
"This is controversial because some people feel we're training parents to be narks," police Chief Frank Williams said. "But this is another way we can be involved in prevention. Just arresting the kid isn't going to help them."
Drug Sensor is a urine collection kit, which includes a specimen bottle, educational handbook and a drug-free pledge to be signed by the child.
After being collected, the specimen is sent to Sensor Technologies Corp. of St. Charles in a postage-paid box included with the kit. The urine specimen is tested for various drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, crack and PCP. Parents call a toll-free phone number a few days later and pay a $29.95 fee to get the lab results.
The lab work is labeled with confidential identification numbers, and no names are asked. …