Risks versus benefits of drug-testing policies for adolescents

The Foundation's Substance Abuse Policy Research Program was designed to provide support for investigators to conduct policy research on a variety of subjects directed at helping the country reduce the harm caused by substance abuse.Home drug testing kits became available in the mid-1990s, and since then the industry has burgeoned. Home drug testing kits are available in several national chain pharmacies and through the Internet. Internet sites that sell home drug testing kits are added monthly, and many target families with teenage children as potential customers. Despite all of this activity and wide availability, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not certified several products. Though the appearance of these products drew initial media attention, there has been a steady decline in coverage. The purpose of this project is a study to inform policymakers from the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Substance Abuse and to increase public awareness of the relative risks and benefits of home drug testing. All results from this study will be provided to the FDA. The study consists of archival review of information on drug testing products, with assessment and commentary from nationally recognized experts. Investigators will focus on marketing claims, clarity of information on Web sites and package inserts, and materials from the FDA review process. Focus group sessions with teenagers and with parents (separate groups) will discuss the perceived pros and cons of using a home drug testing product.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $92,546.00

Awarded on: 10/27/2000

Time frame: 11/1/2000 - 6/30/2003

Grant Number: 40557


Children's Hospital Corporation

300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, 02115-5737


Sharon Levy
Project Director