Types of Drug Testing
Drug testing analyzes an individual’s sample for substances found in marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, alcohol, opium, steroids, and other commonly abused drugs.
Typically, a 10 Panel Urine Screen is ordered, but in addition to urine, hair, blood, sweat, or oral fluid can be screened. Hair typically holds traces of abused substances longest, followed by blood or oral fluid, then urine. Sweat drug-detection patches can monitor a person’s use over several days.
Samples are usually collected at a screening facility, but kits can be purchased for home or office collection. These tests are sent to a lab to conduct immunoassay testing. The labs processes the sample, then conducts two tests. The first screening test discovers traces of addictive substances within a category. The second confirms the positive result, and can more specifically define what kind of drug was abused. For example the first test can detect the presence of opioids and the second can find oxycodone or diamorphine. This can help an employer, physician, or loved one determine if there has been abuse of an illicit drug.
The need for drug testing in your home or office may already be indicative of a serious problem with addiction. The numerous testing methods of drug testing can help diagnose the type and extent of chemical dependency. Gaining this information might help a person struggling with an addiction realize how badly their substance abuse affects his or her life, or it might enlighten someone enabling an addiction to the depth of the problem. Positive drug tests may be the beginning to the long road of treatment. Remember, addiction is a chronic, progressive disease that can devastate the lives of anyone in its path. Stop it from overrunning you or loved ones, and seek help today. If you information regarding drug testing, intervention, or addiction, contact Bradford Health Services and ask for a professional intervention specialist to guide you through the process.