Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I Smell Something Funny

I’m having some trust issues with my teenager. I won’t get into the details, as I do respect her privacy. She’s almost 16 (does anyone know how to stop time?), and I count my blessings that I don’t have HUGE problems with her that involve sex, drugs and alcohol. Still, I suspect she’s not always telling me the truth, and it makes me crazy sometimes.

So I understand (well, sort of) how some parents who DO have suspicions that their teens might be doing drugs would go crazy enough with worry to hire Sniff Dogs (, a New Jersey-based company that unleashes drug-sniffing dogs into teenagers' bedrooms in search of marijuana, heroin, cocaine, crystal meth and ecstasy.

It's a little rash, I'll admit, but I gotta admire the entrepreneurial spirit behind this company!

They claims the dogs’ snouts are so sensitive, that they can detect a marijuana seed from as far away as 15 feet! Parents can rent these dogs for about $200/hour. When you consider the cost of rehab or worse, the emotional cost to a family from a teenager’s drug overdose, that $200 is a real bargain.

Critics argue that teens will feel violated and never trust their parents again. Parents who have hired Sniff Dogs say that this very unconventional surveillance method saved their teenagers’ lives.

What do you think? Does the idea of hiring drug-sniffing dogs to keep your teens drug-free stink or not?

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