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Parents Hire Drug-Sniffing Dogs to Check Up on Their Kids

Apparently cheeky or cheesy PSAs are no longer enough ammo in helping parents keep their kids off of drugs: they're resorting to hiring K-9 units of their own. A New Jersey company called Sniff Dogs rents out retired, trained drug-sniffing dogs to parents suspicious that their kids might be involved in drugs.

The dogs rent for $200 an hour and can detect heroin, cocaine, meth, and ecstasy — not to mention pot-residue on clothes even if the drug was smoked two nights before. That knowledge alone might be enough to spark sparking up teens into doing their own laundry.

To see the conflict behind the good intentions,


One parent hired the pups as a precautionary measure. She said, "Most kids will deny it and then where do you turn? Not knowing is worrisome. It's nice to know you can have something you can turn to." The dogs didn't uncover any dope on their visit.

Now that technology has vastly expanded the kid-tracking capabilities of parents (including GPS-embedded clothes) the increased surveillance brings up issues of trust. One psychologist says, "There are major repercussions for this type of intervention. When parents do this, it erodes trust and goodwill." Is wagering trust over safety a good bet? Can tools like this help more than they hurt?


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