MASSAPEQUA - A new proposal by state Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa) would make it mandatory for teens to get tested for drugs each year.
Under the proposed legislation, parents of high school students throughout the state would have to give their kids a drug test once a year and sign a document swearing that the test was given. The bill would not require parents to report results.
"This legislation is designed to empower parents," the assemblyman says.
The idea was brought to Saladino by the Sieczkowski family that lost its 22-year-old son, Johnny, to heroin. Sharon Sieczkowski, the young man's mother, says having her son tested for drugs might have saved his life.
However, not everyone supports the bill. Some Long Islanders say parents should be the ones to decide what to do with their kids.
Saladino's bill was introduced into the Assembly this spring, but it still needs a sponsor in the state Senate.