In April 2009, Crescenta Valley High School implemented a voluntary drug testing program ("Drug testing in schools," April 30). I would like to encourage every Crescenta Valley High family to participate in this program.
Drug use and abuse is in every community and our small corner of the world is no exception. Some parents may believe their kids are not participating, or that a little experimentation is normal. But when is that line crossed, resulting in a tragic event? In fact, over the past several years, our community has experienced some very horrific events from the death of local teenagers, to heroin and meth use and everything in between. The drug testing program is another tool to help families and the community combat this ever growing problem.
Peer pressure is a huge influence and temptation is all around. Your teen may not be participating, but associates and friends may be. What may start as an occasional beer, or smoking a joint at a party, can easily become a chronic problem or lead to stronger drugs. We need to give our teens another option to say no.