Community-Based Drug Prevention

Family Health Policy

The Family Health Policy, a project of the non-profit CANDLE, Inc, is a way to make substance abuse prevention a priority for your family by using routine annual drug testing as a recurring reminder. As governed by the Family Health Policy, drug testing is not done out of suspicion or distrust, but rather it accepted like an annual doctor visit or dental checkup. Enrollment is recommended when your child is a pre-teen, so by the time your son or daughter is old enough to ask for the car keys, drug testing will be an accepted routine. Along the way, you will have afforded your child an ironclad excuse when pressured by peers.

How it works:

  1. Sign up for a specified length of time 1 year to 5 years.
    Mail the enrollment form or sign up online using the contact form.
  2. Have a discussion with your son or daughter. This discussion should go over the family drug free policy and drug free contract, these will be sent to you. You will also receive a 10 panel drug testing kit. Put the test kit in a visible place as a reminder.
  3. Consult the materials provided and discuss with your spouse the actions you will take should you get a positive test back.
  4. Wait to receive your “Time to Test” notification, when it comes promptly complete the instructions provided with your test kit.  Make this a positive experience by rewarding your son or daughter for cooperation and good results just as you would for good grades.

What the Family Health Policy does:

  1. It gives your son or daughter a valid reason to refuse peer pressure associated with drug abuse. “No, I can’t use drugs, my parents drug test me.”
  2. Routine drug testing starting at an early age, eliminates any feelings of suspicion or accusation.  You will receive a notice, via e-mail or US mail per the selection noted on your enrollment form, when it is time to test.  Drug testing should be treated as any other verification of proper behavior.  Checking for drug use is just like checking their report card.
  3. It provides you with a written family drug free policy as well as a drug free contract – these documents will clearly state your family’s rules & consequences as well as your commitment to each others health, safety, and success.
  4. The Family Health Policy also outlines the appropriate procedures and actions to take, if your son or daughter tests positive.
  5. The Family Health Policy program will notify you at random when it is time to conduct a drug test (minimum of 1 notification per year, but you may receive 2 or even 3 notifications in a single year)

What the Family Health Policy does not do:

  1. The Family Health Policy is not a replacement for good parenting.  It is imperative that you monitor your child’s activities and be involved in their emotional and social development.
  2. The Family Health Policy does not guarantee any results

The Family Health Policy is available at a group discount for 50+ subscriptions. Please contact us for more information on group pricing.

"What Parents Should Know" 7 min Presentation

Mike Talley’s Book “Drugs & Your Teen:

Click below to listen to an interview with Mike Talley about the Family Health Policy

“Why & How to Drug Test by an Expert”

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