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get a breathalizer

Original post made by a mom on May 15, 2010

Help your teenager have an excuse to not drink. Buy a breathalizer and use it regularly to test your teen upon arrival home at night. His/her reason to not drink will be because "my parents will breathalize me when I get home"


Posted by MV Mom, a resident of Monte Vista High School
on May 17, 2010 at 8:14 am

I like this idea, but I think it would just encourage teens to switch to marijuana, salvia, prescription meds, inhalants, etc.

Posted by Freckles, a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2010 at 10:01 am

Well, you can get urine analysis tests for all said drugs. I know people who have tested their kids for weed and alcohol regularly. What does everyone think about that?

Posted by mother of three, a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2010 at 10:45 am

I personally think it so sad that it has come to this point. But I do understand that it needs to be done. These kids are a menace to did the previous generations deal with their drug and alcohol abuse? I guess some things never change....Let's get these kids focused on how to get them involved to do good in our community and beyond.

Posted by Marie, a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2010 at 10:52 am

This is so sad. How about you lock your kid in their room until they can make good choices?

Posted by mother of three, a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2010 at 11:06 am

Do you really think that is the answer?

Posted by Marie, a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm

That or educate your child. If you don't think your child can make good choices when they are without you, then you should not let them go out! Don't allow your child to get into situations where they can get into trouble.

Posted by John a father, a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm

We have three kids in 11th, 9th and 6th grades and decided two years ago that we would begin a drug and alcohol testing program for all three. We think it is too important an issue to trust our children to make the right decision. Every night that they go out they get breathalized upon return. Once a week, on Sundays, we administer a drug test to all three. Some may think that 6th grade is too early for drug testing. but it is not, MANY kids start smoking pot in third and fourth grade, so we elected to start on all three as to be fair to all three. We also have an 11:00 PM curfew and absolutely no sleep overs. We also call and meet everyone of their friends parents. We see nothing wrong with this, and in fact wonder why other parents don't do the same. Perhaps they are lazy or don't care or don't have the money. But with the war on drugs and all the deaths from alcohol and driving, we are starting to think it should be a law that all kids get drug tested at school, once a week and the results confidentially sent to the parents.

Posted by judy, a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Wow John! It's amazing how you just turned that into a solution for the schools to handle. Once a week they can line them up and test them. Really?

Posted by Marie, a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

John a father: you sound like you are doing a lot of good things to be a good parent, but what happens if the drug test is positive? What is the consequence?

Posted by Mother of two, a resident of Monte Vista High School
on May 18, 2010 at 12:42 am

Breathalizers and more importantly, urine drug testing gives your children an "out" from peer pressure. They simply can respond "Can't do that, I get tested at home." If it does come back positive it allows the parent to know what their child is doing and opens up better communication, and seek help if needed. These kids are smart and know more than parents want to accept. They know how to cover many things up. I believe parents need to verify what our children are doing or verify what they say they are not doing. When it comes to drugs, let's face it, they are going to tell you they don't do them even if they do. So verify it and move on. (This should be a parental responsibility, as the schools need to continue to focus on educating. I think the schools would be better off with drug sniffing dogs to eradicate all the drugs from campus)

In regards to sleepovers in high school, I wish all parents would get on board and stop. From persoanl experience and what other high school students(not just MV)have told me, the main reason for sleepovers is to do things they shouldn't be doing.

To Marie, it is important to remember that we learn from our mistakes and our failures. We cannot keep our children out of all situations where there might be trouble. If we don't let them fail while under our watch, what will happen to them when they go off to college?

Remember, too, kids that experiment with drugs and alcohol are not "bad" kids. They are just..."Kids". It is the job of parenting that needs to be supported so that as parents we have the tools we need to help our children.

Posted by mother of three, a resident of Danville
on May 18, 2010 at 6:47 am

Well said mother of well as John.

Posted by SRV mom #2, a resident of Danville
on May 18, 2010 at 10:35 am

Well said mother of two!

Posted by mom, a resident of Blackhawk
on May 18, 2010 at 6:37 pm

There is no drug test for salvia and that's what all the kids are doing who have parents that drug test.

Posted by Mom #3, a resident of Danville
on May 19, 2010 at 9:02 am

Mom is right: Found following info regarding Salvia~

With drugs like marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine to worry about, some new and completely legal drugs on the market have officers scrambling. Sold as incense called Serenity, Spike, Lux, Rule and many other names, the leafy, green incense looks like marijuana and is ingested in the same way for a "high" effect.
Some say it has two to three times the potency of marijuana, while others say the drug is a complete waste of money. Herbal incenses that create a high in the user often contain synthetic cannabinoids that affect the brain the same as marijuana, a report on states.
Not only do doctors not know long-term effect of these cannabinoids, but research shows two identical looking packages of this incense might have different kinds of drugs in differing amounts. Herbal incenses can cause an increased heart rate, high blood pressure and can be addictive, the report said.
The area has seen an increased use of these incenses. Teenagers using the drug exhibit some bizarre behaviors. They appear drunk and sometimes have difficulty breathing. Salvia is a hallucinogenic herb that causes dizziness, nausea, lack of coordination, slurred speech, decreased heart rate and chills, according to They are combative, disruptive and disoriented. The hospital can only treat the symptoms. "Basically they're overloading their system with an unknown substance.. The long-term effects of the drug are just not known.
The substance is completely legal and there are no prohibitions to sell it."But it clearly says 'not for human consumption, with negative side effects, like throwing up blood. People who are buying it know what they are getting. It can be found in stores. Salvia is becoming another popular and legal drug that can be purchased online.
You can watch the affects of the drug on

Posted by Ingy, a resident of Danville
on May 19, 2010 at 9:40 am

I have been trying to get a reliable breathalizer for years. Our kids are not the only ones who drink irresponsibly!! I know there are many more adults who drink and drive than teenagers. Becoming an adult does not mean you automatically become a responsible drinker. One doesn't have to be an alcoholic to drink and drive. I think most people would be more than happy to check their alcohol levels after drinking. They can then be aware of how many drinks it takes for them to drive unsafely. Many people have no idea how they would do with a breathalizer. Many good people ASSUME they can drive safely after drinking. And maybe they can, but wouldn't it be great if they could safely check themselves.
I've had several breathalizers that I've given my kids as gifts. Believe me, EVERYONE at their parties are standing in line to see how they rate. Unfortunatly, a cheap breathalizer is useless and doesn't give acurate information.
This is a very important tool that should be made available to everyone and at a reasonable price. It would save many people from going through the horrendous, damaging and expensive process of being convicted of drunk driving, not to mention saving lives. Why not have them in all drinking establishments and in our homes?? If people are educated on the amount they can safely drink in order to drive, we would have a much safer society!
The only down side is there would be less work and $$$ for lawyers, police, hospitals, insurance companies, counselors and funeral homes!! But oh dear, our economy could suffer!! That's the real reason reliable breathalizers are so difficult to come by.
As far as teenagers are concerned, many (not all) use a designated driver. Older adults never had that pounded into their brains and unfortunately, ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law.

Posted by SRV Mom, a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on May 19, 2010 at 10:49 am

As I have said in other forums, it is the adults in our community that supply the alcohol to the kids that are a problem. What can the community do about them? Yes it is up to the child to make responsible decisions but when a friends parent supplies the booze, what mixed message is the kid getting? Sure they can say no but as we all have experienced it's not always fun being around a group of people partying when your not.
What are our rights as parents to protect our children from these irresponsible parents?if you think any of them will step up to defend their agrument as to why they supply alcohol, think again. Their to much of a coward and a loser of a parent to do so