Henderson police providing home drug testing kits to parents

By: AP
By: AP

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - Police in Henderson are providing free
home saliva testing kits to parents who want to check their
children for drug use.

Officer Ryan Brightwell says three-piece kits are 99-point-5
percent accurate in detecting seven drugs.

That includes methamphetamine, cocaine, P-C-P, marijuana,
opiates and a common ingredient in prescription sedatives.

Brightwell tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal the department
used a 17-thousand dollar federal grant to buy almost two-thousand
of the tests.

They're being distributed at a police community relations office
at the Galleria at Sunset mall.

Parents also get free literature including a drug identification
guide and a list of youth drug treatment centers.

They fill out anonymous letters so police can track the
effectiveness of the test.

Henderson is Nevada's second-largest city, near Las Vegas.

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