Local mom turns to random drug testing for her son

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Updated: 5/26 6:16 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Have you ever had your kids randomly drug tested after noticing a change in their behavior? One local mom has been getting her son tested for almost a year.

Drug testing is common in workplaces, but may seem unusual in your own home. Still, after one local mom had her son tested, she learned her gut feeling was right on. "He really thinks he can get away in the real world with doing drugs."

Elizabeth Sepulveda has randomly drug tested her 17-year-old son for almost a year after noticing changes in his behavior. "The first time I did a drug test, I bought one at a pharmacy and it was like $40.00, I think," said Sepulveda. "He passed the test, and he said 'See, I told you I’m not doing anything.'"

But something told Sepulveda to go to a professional, and after she did, she learned her son was smoking pot. "Parents in general, they know their kids, so they know if there's some changes. They need to be aware and testing is a great way to verify that information."

Dustin Grate owns Grate Detections, a private, mobile drug testing company. He said that is exactly why parents like Sepulveda call him to test their kids.

"When we get a call from a parent, it’s a failure rate," said Grate. "It's probably an 80-percent failure rate because they know something’s up, they know there’s a pattern that's changed and they know something’s wrong and they want to know what it is."

Grate said he tests up to 20 minors per month, some as young as 12-years-old. He said there has been an increase of requests in the last few years.

"You have multiple families working or lack of supervision in the juvenile level," said Grate. "I've seen some go as extreme as having them come and be arrested for being incorrigible, then take them up to juvenile hall."

Sepulveda said she would not send her son to detention at this point, but had police come to her home about two months ago after he failed another test. It was her way of showing her son how serious she is about him not doing drugs.

"I'm very optimistic thinking that eventually he'll stop, because I’m sure he wants to drive a car around, wants to have privileges to go out with his friends," said Sepulveda. "So it makes no sense to me that he would continue to make those poor decisions."

Sepulveda said she will continue punishing her son if he fails any more drug tests. She also says she will get him counseling, if the problem becomes more serious.

For more information on Grate Detections Drug Testing, go here.
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freedomrings - 5/27/2014 6:50 PM
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Is it even legal for grate detection co to even conduct these invasive tests on minors ? Kids can take their parents to family court and divorce/modify custody arrangements. Why can't they get a good personal injury lawyer and go after Dennis Grate for invasion of privacy and mental anguish ?

cmfischer1992 - 5/27/2014 10:41 AM
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If you want to protect your kid and keep them clean, good for you! But why put it all out there like this? This seems more like an attention ploy than really caring for your child's well being.

Newtoca - 5/27/2014 9:38 AM
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Way to go Mom! More parents should be as diligent!

nv89436 - 5/27/2014 6:37 AM
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I'm glad my own Mom didn't air our dirty laundry to anyone who would listen, much less the local news. What a betrayal. It's suprising the son isn't on something harder with a mom like that. Again, what a betrayal. This is about attention and praise for her, not a clean son.
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