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South Dakota Clinic Offers Parents Free Drug Tests for Kids, No One Takes Offer Yet

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A drug testing clininc in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, is offering parents free drug testing sessions for their children next week but is not finding any interest. Via the Rapid City Journal:

"We have not had one person call," [Lori] Lei said. "It's really disheartening, because we encourage parents to test."

The free testing offer was made through an article this week in the local weekly paper, and through word of mouth. The offer may be going unheeded because not enough people have heard about it, or it could be that testing your child creates an uncomfortable situation.

Lei, who owns Drug Screening Services in Belle Fourche, has offered the free drug screenings starting on Monday, April 21. She chose that date because it falls just after 4/20, which is a common buzzword for marijuana use either on April 20 or at 4:20 on the clock.

Lei says even the threat of being drug tested could give children an "excuse" to just say no when drugs are offered, but, as the Rapid City Journal puts it in their headline, parents appear to be just saying no to the offer.

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  1. The way she moves
    I gotta say
    Lori Lei lets live together!

    1. Light up everybody
      Join us in this celebration
      Light up and be happy
      Sweet, sweet sounds will fill the air

      All I need is just one hit to get me by
      ’cause baby when your near I’m halfway high

  2. “She chose that date because it falls just after 4/20, which is a common buzzword for marijuana use”

    *That’s* what she associates with April 20 this year?

    1. Hitler’s birthday yesterday. Hitler’s birthday today. Hitler’s birthday forever.

      1. Not exactly.

        1. It is that. And Easter this year.

          I believe that Jesus actually rose from the dead at 4:20 so he could blaze one with the Apostles one last time. So it’s all connected, man.

    2. Maybe she’s Eastern Orthodox.

  3. If a parent thought their kid was doing drugs, they’re not going to bother with a test. Circumstantial evidence is enough (assuming they give a damn).

    1. Yeah, I think that’s probably the biggest reason they don’t have any takers. A parent doesn’t need proof beyond a reasonable doubt to take action. And if they can’t tell that something is up without a piss test, they probably don’t care or don’t want to know if their kids are getting stoned.

    2. Actually, you sometimes want to test to see what exactly they are taking.

  4. You mean not all parents are prohibition-obsessed helicopter parents? Oh, the huge manatee!

  5. Yes, every parent should send the message to their children that 1) they don’t trust them, and 2) they don’t respect their bodily integrity enough to at least talk to them first.

    Lei is a genius.

  6. Her name’s Lori Lei? Really? She really missed her calling as a marine biologist.

    1. Is anyone here a marine biologist?

      I hope she wouldn’t take it the wrong way if I said, Die Lorelie.

  7. OT: Every Tax Delinquent Property in Philadelphia

    This is from the same site as the map I posted yesterday of every government-owned parcel in Philadelphia.

    1. Scrolling through I found two government properties. One owned by the school district and the other a city rec center. The government owes property taxes to itself?

      1. I just noticed that blue properties are public property. I guess I should have looked at the key before I randomly drug my mouse pointer across the map.

        Logan Circle is deliquent? WTF?

        1. Square… fuck

  8. This pee hoarder apparently saw the scene in American Beauty as a brilliant idea.

  9. If parents are worried about their kids using drugs, they could hire a company that will send an actor over to pretend he’s their kid from the future in order to scare them straight.

    It makes about as much sense at taking them to a testing facility.

    1. If you find pot, lace it with PCP and replace it. That’ll surprise the shit out of them.

  10. “could give children an “excuse” to just say no when drugs are offered”

    If they are looking for an excuse they can just say their parents drug test them. No need to actually do it.

    1. Sometimes they need a little encouragement.

      I know its not popular here, but if your kids ends up with some bad friends, the peer pressure alone can make them go along.

      Poor impulse control is genetic, so I as the parent know what I’m talking about. 😉

  11. OT: SpaceX rocket has weather clearance, going up in 6 minutes.

  12. This is a great idea! A parent will find out if their kids are using drugs or not. It isn’t like the information will ever become public, or anything. They promise to keep it like, totally secret, unless the police, or any “authority” asks nicely. The likelihood that a positive test would end up in their medical records is probably as small as the government spying on your phone calls or e-mails.

  13. Any parent who finds their kids with drugs needs to do the responsible thing, and call the police. They can get this kid into the criminal justice system (if they don’t summarily execute him for a furtive movement or rape her for looking cute) before a little weed ruins their chances at a good life.

    1. On the bright side of having your own children arrested and given a criminal record, you’ll have a better chance of spending (a lot of) time with your grandchildren.

  14. Yes, every parent should send the message to their children that 1) they don’t trust them, and 2) they don’t respect their bodily integrity enough to at least talk to them first.

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