Home weed drug test - positive result

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Parttimeslave Sun 09-Dec-12 09:54:54

Ok. So ds2 (17) been hanging out with the "wrong sort" for ages. He's a pretty good kid from a happy, secure home, currently working (reasonably) hard for his A levels and hoping to go off to uni next Sept. He has lied in the past about smoking (we knew he did, but always denied it). Has stollen small amounts of money from my purse etc (that was before he got a Saturday job last year).

I bought home testing kits for cannabis off the internet a while back when I had slight suspicions about smelling something "odd" in the house after he'd had mates around a couple of times. I told him I owned the kits and would have no trouble giving him a random test if I ever felt I needed to. That was about 10 months ago, and haven't felt the need to do so (thank god), until last night.

I asked him to give me a urine sample after smelling the "odd" smell in the house again after we'd had a night out. He abliged (bit reluctantly) and to our horror it was positive. Dh and I sat with him calmly and he told us he didn't smoke weed and that he was given a "weed cake" at a party the night before. We don't believe him!

He has willingly agreed to be checked randomly/regularly from now on. He has been given more and more freedom to stay out late (at weekends only) and go to various 18th parties etc. He has a Saturday job and earns his own money.

Advice please. Is there anymore now we should be doing other than stay on his case and keep lines of communication open? He's lost our trust again for the time being at least, and he's not going to have as much freedom as he's had recently. I was even thinking of getting home tests for other substances that I've heard about (M-cat, speed), just in case. He never appears to be high when we see him (however he gets home late and we're often in bed!). It's such a scary, heart-wrenching situation to find yourself in. My dh is on the same page as me and we just want to keep him safe. He's is off to uni (maybe) next year - we can't check up on him then!

timeforachangebaby Sun 09-Dec-12 13:10:50

Its controlling beyond all measure, most 17 year olds would refuse to provide a urine sample for their parents, the fact this one complied speaks volumes on its own.

flow4 Sun 09-Dec-12 13:11:29

Oops, we cross posted! grin I understand about the desire to 'jump in' and feel desperate to make everything better, NotW. It's incredibly stressful living with the kind of erratic behaviour drugs and mental health problems can bring, isn't it? And you can feel very powerless. And you are. sad

But luckily, it sounds like the OP is a very long way from those kinds of experiences. smile

goralka Sun 09-Dec-12 13:13:39

sorry I think drug testing a 17 year old is OTT , you talk about breaking trust, but you obviously do not trust him at all, besides he will be 18 soon and then he can move out. Which I would if I were him.

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Sun 09-Dec-12 13:14:02

Yeah grin

I need to calm down, this poor boy is most likely only testing the water, as we they do!

You sound quite deranged. Its the odd spliff not injecting heroin into his eyeballs.
I feel sorry for your son. Pretty much everyone experiments you know. I still enjoy the odd joint. I have 2 degrees and a good job - hasn't done me any harm.I also no longer even drink. Weed is hardly the devil.

flow4 Sun 09-Dec-12 16:53:38

The OP is understandably worried. It's scary when your kids start getting involved in things you have no experience or understanding of. She needs information and reassurance. Insults aren't helpful or necessary.

Im not sure forcing your adult children to take drugs tests are helpful either. I thought it was a joke when i first read it tbh.

flow4 Sun 09-Dec-12 17:04:00

No, I agree drugs testing isn't helpful. And I've written a long post saying so. But the OP is already feeling bad; she doesn't need to feel any worse - she needs information, advice and reassurance.

ZhenThereWereTwo Sun 09-Dec-12 17:06:34

Another one saying you are being OTT re testing. I think the biggest problem you have is if he is smoking in the house which is disrespectful of him if he is. Better he smokes the odd joint in your garden with his mates than out on the street where he can get arrested for possession or get mugged wandering around late at night finding somewhere to smoke.

My mum was very very anti smoking and when I did get involved in heavier stuff and needed help I couldn't talk to her, maybe if I had some of the crap that happened to me wouldn't have.

HoHoHokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Mon 10-Dec-12 18:00:19

The op hasn't been back on this one, i wonder how they felt about the responses.

flow4 Tue 11-Dec-12 19:41:06

Yeah, I wonder that too, Hokey...

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