Free drug test kits available for parents through Brookhaven Town’s Youth Bureau

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FARMINGVILLE, NY ( / — Parents concerned about their children possibly using illegal drugs can turn to the Town of Brookhaven to have their children tested for free.

Free drug testing kits are available through the Town of Brookhaven’s Youth Bureau, according to Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine. The town receives the kits courtesy of Sheriff Errol Toulon, Jr. and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office. The kits are funded with money seized by drug dealers and were not paid for by taxpayers.

'Test, Don't Guess' drug Testing Kit

The Town of Brookhaven along with the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department are providing free drug test kits that can be used in privacy to assist parents or guardians with monitoring the behavior of their children who are under the age of 18. There is a limit of two kits per family.

The Youth Bureau has provided hundreds of drug testing kits since joining the ‘Test Don’t Guess Program.’ Recently, the Youth Bureau has seen an increase in requests for drug testing kits during the COVID 19 pandemic.

“This program provides an avenue for parents to talk with their children about making healthy choices,” Romaine said. “It also is an opportunity for parents to reassure themselves about any suspicions they may have and if professional help is necessary. I want to thank Sheriff Toulon and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office for providing these kits and working with the Town to engage in active drug use intervention.”

The Drug Testing Kit Program is anonymous and there are no questions asked. There is a limit of two kits per family. Each kit comes with information on how to approach the subject of drug testing with your child, what to do if your child refuses to be tested, and a substance use disorder treatment referral list.

For more information about this program or to obtain a free drug testing kit, parent s must contact the Town of Youth Bureau directly at 631-451-8011.

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