The Washington County Commission has approved a $1,000 request so youth corrections officers can continue a drug-testing program.

Juvenile probation officer Dale Esplin told the commission state funding for the program ran out in August and he wanted the program to continue because it has been effective in combating drug use by youth."It's been effective in getting the problem right there on the table," Esplin said.

A drug test costs $15. Esplin said the court would order a juvenile who tested positive for drug use to pay the $15 plus a fine of $15 or more.

Esplin said the money would be placed in an account for juvenile drug testing. If youths showed no signs of drugs, there would be no charge for the test.