Featured Question for week of August 21, 2000:
I watched a recent television show about “ecstasy”. They said
that many kids who use “ecstasy” also use a pacifier to prevent
their teeth from grinding. In my 15-year old son’s room, I found
a pacifier and a small ziplock bag with 4 cotton swabs and a
piece of chewing gum. I don’t get the cotton swabs and gum.
Can you give me some idea about this combination of paraphernalia
before we approach our son? Will a home drug test show this
drug in his urine? Where else can I find some information about
For right now, let’s not worry about the cotton swab and chewing
gum. You have enough evidence for a serious discussion around
the presence of a pacifier in your 15-year old’s room! You’ve
already learned something about club drugs and the places they
are used. Find out more by going to www.clubdrugs.org . Then
have that serious conversation with your son and pay very close
attention to where he is going with his friends. If it turns
out that he is using the pacifier to look “cool”, then you need
to impress upon him that it’s not “cool” to look like you are
breaking the law.
Many home drug-testing kits do not test for the presence of
“ecstasy”. Before you buy one, check to see what drugs are listed.
Check with your child’s physician about getting drug test through
the physician’s office. You should probably be checking for
several drugs. Good luck.
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