Parents Using Drug Dogs in Homes
There’s no doubt that this is one ‘service’ that is going to garner a lot of controversy. Ex-police drug dogs are getting a new job, checking kid’s rooms for drugs.
Sniff Dogs, a firm that operates in New Jersey and Ohio, is offering a service to the public in which parents can hire a drug dog with handler to sniff out their home for drugs like marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin.
Aimed at parents who have concern that their children may be using drugs, these dogs can detect illegal drugs or the residue of them on clothes or surfaces even days later, and sniff out marijuana from up to 15 feet away. The dogs then sits to indicate a ‘hit’ and leaves the parents to do the final inspection.
The company was founded by a mother of two sons, who was surprised to find out her oldest son used marijuana after he was caught driving under the influence.
The company cites statistics showing half of American schoolchildren have tried marijuana and that most drug taking takes place when they get home from school.
Sniff Dogs’ co-founder Debra Holmes said accusations that the service was invasive and could break down trust within families were unfounded.
She said: “Parents think it’s about cops busting into the house, as on TV, but it’s not much different to a termite inspection.
“It’s often a five-minute process as these dogs are so quick.
“Drug prevention should begin at home but there’s been no way for parents to implement it.”
A company spokeswoman said the team will come round while only the parent is at home.
She said: “A professional handler will accompany the friendly and intelligent dog as it does a room-to-room search of the premises.
“If the dog picks up a scent, it is trained to sit and the handler marks the spot. The search continues through the rest of the house and automobile.” (BBC)
Now I know a lot of people are going to be screaming about invasion of privacy but a parent is responsible for their child until they reach 18. Part of this responsibility also includes making sure they stay out of trouble. In many states parents literally pay the price in fines or jailtime for minor’s illegal activities.
It’s sad that a service like this is even needed but it’s also a reality and fact of life. It could also just save a teen from finding themselves in worse trouble down the line. Better a parent find the problem now before the police find it later.
Honestly, when I was a teen, I probably would have screamed about it but as an adult, I think a parent has the responsibility to make sure their child stays out of trouble.
Sniff Dogs also makes their service available to businesses to check on employees as well. This is from their website;
Sniff Dogs is a discreet way for employers and parents to determine if their workplace or residence is drug-free. Sniff Dogs is not affiliated with any governmental entity or law enforcement agency.
Sniff Dogs is a confidential drug detection service for residential and commercial premises. Sniff Dogs are trained to locate the odor of drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, Xanax and ecstasy), so those with concerns about the presence of drugs can deal appropriately with the situation—whatever the findings.
Sniff Dogs sets up an appointment for a trained and certified canine and its handler to visit your premises to check for the presence of drugs. In the event of a positive alert, Sniff Dogs provides you with resources and information to deal with your situation privately. Both the visit and the outcome are totally confidential.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with it, but then I also don’t have anything to hide. Bottom line is that drugs are illegal and this is a way to potentially handle the problem without having to get the law involved. It could be a literal lifesaver for young people and I think it’s great.
So what do you think about this??
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