"First Step" Program




First Step pamphlet


Parents who find what they believe to be drugs can take advantage of a program offered by the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office called First Step.  Chemists in the Sheriff’s Crime Laboratory will screen any suspected drugs.  Parents may submit powders, pills, plant material, or any other suspect substance.  The analysis will be completed as quickly as possible, anonymously and at no charge. Criminal proceedings will not be initiated, regardless of the outcome of the analysis.


A parent who finds suspected drugs in their home should call the Crime Laboratory and advise he/she is interested in the program.  Calls can be made Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  The phone number for the Crime Laboratory is (630) 407-2100.  Parents are not required to provide their name, phone number, or any other identification. The caller will be told how to properly package and deliver the substance to the Crime Laboratory. In most cases the caller will be asked to affix an identification number to the packaging.  This number serves as a safeguard in the event the parent is stopped by the police while en route to the Sheriff’s Office.  Using this number, the Crime Laboratory can verify that the parent possesses the substance because he or she is participating in the program.


Upon arrival at the Crime Laboratory, a drug chemist will be assigned to screen the questioned substance for the presence of cannabis or a controlled substance. In most cases, this is done while the parent waits for the results.  If a chemist is unavailable, or if the parent does not wish to wait, he or she may call back to get the results.  If drugs are found in the submitted sample, parents will be encouraged to contact one of the agencies listed below for intervention options.  All substances are retained by the laboratory for disposal.


DuPage County Health Department

Youth Outreach Unit

(630) 627-1700


DuPage County Department of Human Services

(800) 942-9412 or

(630) 407-6500