Lafayette

Jun 25, 2013 8:41 AM by AP/CS

Lafayette Sheriff's Office to do own drug testing

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - In a few weeks, all drug tests taken by parolees and others under the supervision of the Lafayette Parish correctional system will be done by Sheriff's Office employees.

Rob Reardon, director of corrections for the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, tells The Advocate it's a shift away from third-party drug testing, which is being done by a company in California.

Each week, Lafayette Parish collects urine, and sometimes saliva and blood, from about 150 parolees and others who must get tested by orders of a judge.

Reardon and Julio Naudin, an aide to Sheriff Mike Neustrom, said the department will save $60,000 to $75,000 a year by doing the tests in-house.

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