By Wayne Allen
Scioto County Probate -Juvenile Court has received a number of drug test kits that are being made available free to the community.
“I’ve been a member of the Scioto County Health Coalition for a while and have taken part in the Scioto County Drug Action Team for a while. This has become important to me, I decided to start going because of the amount of drugs we see here (Scioto County Probate -Juvenile Court),” said Alan Lemons, magistrate of the Scioto County Probate -Juvenile Court. “(At one of the meetings) I was approached by Lisa Roberts (Public Health Nurse with the Portsmouth City Health Department) who had received a grant and she asked my opinion about distributing drug kits. I told her we do get requests of people asking where can they get drug testing kits.”
Lemons said with the permission of Scioto County Probate -Juvenile Court Judge James W. Kirsch, they agreed to be a distribution point.
“We would like the general public who may suspect their child is involved in illegal drug use to know that they (drug kits) are available here,” Lemons said. “It is surprising that there are kids out there who are using, that people don’t know it. They (user) can conceal it and conceal very well.”
He said the funding of the kits came from the Drug Free Community Grant administrated through Portsmouth City Health Department.
“With these drug kits the court will be able to distribute those to be used at home, they (Scioto County Probate -Juvenile Court) were not able to do that before,” Roberts said. “They have drug kits within the court, but they were not able to send drug kits home foster families or parents who are having trouble with their kids.”
Roberts said the kits are simple to use.
“Sometimes you can pay $50 for a (drug) kit and you get it home and a lab technician could not do it,” Roberts said. “These are really simple to use, you dip them urine and you either get a positive or negative result. Their really simple and that’s a good thing for people to be able to have these at home to monitor their own situation.”
She said through the drug-free communities program some drug test kits were given to local schools that wanted them.
“We also gave some to the Garrett Maloney Foundation and we gave some to SOLACE, because people commonly ask them for kits,” Roberts said.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.