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Do you have a company drug and alcohol policy?

Drug and alcohol policy

A drug and alcohol policy for your company is possibly one of the most important things to consider.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy

(Company name) is a drug and alcohol-free workplace. The use of or being under the influence of illegal drugs and/or alcohol is inconsistent with the behavior expected of employees. The use of illegal drugs and alcohol and misuse of prescribed and over the counter drugs subjects employees and visitors to unacceptable safety risks that undermine the Company’s ability to operate safely, effectively and efficiently.

The use, possession, distribution or sale of controlled substances such as drugs or alcohol, being under the influence of such controlled substances (drugs and alcohol) or testing positive for alcohol or any drug including, but not limited to, inactive components or metabolites associated with the use of such drugs is strictly prohibited while on duty, while on Company premises or work sites or while operating the Company’s equipment or vehicles.

Our Company participates in post-offer, random and post-accident drug and alcohol testing. If injured on the job you may be expected to participate in a drug and alcohol test immediately following the injury.

 

___________________________________________ CEO’s Signature

 

THIS IS PROVIDED AS A SAMPLE ONLY AND SHOULD BE REVIEWED BY YOUR LEGAL COUNSEL EMPLOYEE CONSENT FORM

EMPLOYEE CONSENT FORM (APPENDIX A)

I hereby acknowledge receipt of (company name), Drug-Free Workplace Policy regarding drugs and alcohol. I have read and understood this policy. I understand that the refusal to submit to any drug testing required by this policy or a positive test result is grounds for disciplinary action up to and including termination. Furthermore, I authorize the release of the test results to my employer, and/or on post-accident tests, the Company’s workers compensation insurance carrier and understand that refusal to release these results is grounds for disciplinary action up to and including termination. I understand that if I test positive for alcohol or drugs including, but not limited to, inactive components or metabolites associated with the use of such drugs following an on the job accident, many states are ineligible for workers compensation benefits or may have benefits reduced by 50 percent.

 

I recognize that the Company’s policy on drugs and alcohol does not constitute an expressed or implied contract of employment.

As a condition of continued employment, employees must sign the attached consent form and comply with the policy.

I have read and understood this policy and will abide by it as a condition of my employment.

EMPLOYEE NAME: ________________________________________________________

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: _________________________________________________

EMPLOYEE SIGNATURE: __________________________ DATE: _____________________

WITNESS SIGNATURE: ___________________________ DATE: _____________________

Overview of Sample Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy

All employees should have a vital interest in maintaining a safe, healthy, and efficient work environment. Employees under the influence of drugs or alcohol on the job pose serious safety and health risks to the user and to all those who work with the user. The use, sale, purchase, transfer, or possession of an illegal drug in the workplace, and the use, possession, or being under the influence of alcohol also poses unacceptable risks for safe, healthy, and efficient operations

While a written policy is not required for most states to protect the company, it is strongly recommended you have a written policy as it is easily the best way to prove that a policy exists. A well-written policy can help protect you from litigation and, in the event of litigation, may serve as a defense. If you have a written policy that is ill-conceived or poorly enforced, or do not have a written policy at all, you may be more susceptible to claims of personal injury to intoxicated employees, their coworkers and the public, claims of negligent hiring or retention, wrongful termination, disability discrimination, and claims from injured third parties. A well-written policy may serve as a defense to these claims.

We highly recommend that you review your program with competent labor and employment law counsel prior to implementing any substance abuse policy or drug-testing program in the workplace.

This sample policy is meant only as a starting point. The documentation and sample policy we provide is for informational purposes only. The sample policy is not meant to be used without consultation with your employment law attorney. These policies need to be tailored by your attorney to fit your situation. We assume no liability for the use of sufficiency of the information provided. In addition, please note the testing facility that you designate may require individuals to sign additional consent forms authorizing testing and/or release of test results.

There are many resources available to help companies develop drug-free workplace programs, including the Drug-Free Workplace Policy provided by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration on the DEA website. In addition, the National Institute on Drug Abuse can provide information on creating and implementing a prevention and treatment program for your employees by calling their Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Workplace Helpline at 1-800-843-4971. Your initial cost in establishing a drug-free workplace may be low if readily available resources are used. Again, you should always engage appropriate legal counsel to review any and all personnel policies prior to their implementation.

Drug-Free Workplace Written Policy: Basic Guidelines

Whether your organization tests employees for drug and alcohol use or not, you should have a written workplace substance abuse policy. While a written policy is not required for Workers Compensation Law, we strongly urge you to have a written policy as it is easily the best way to prove that a policy exists.

A well-written policy can help protect you from litigation and, in the event of litigation, may serve as a defense. If you have a written policy that is ill-conceived or poorly enforced or do not have a written policy at all, you may be more susceptible to claims of negligent hiring or retention, wrongful termination, disability discrimination, and claims from injured third parties. A well-written policy may serve as a defense to these claims.

We highly recommend that you review your program with competent labor and employment law counsel prior to implementing any substance abuse policy or drug-testing program in the workplace.

In addition to the recommendation to review with your labor and employment law counsel, consult the numerous available resources to further help you in launching your drug-free workplace program and policy. Both material and human resources are available to guide your efforts. Many of these services are free. Good use of these resources will help implement a drug-free workplace program at minimum costs.

Drug-Free Workplace Advisor

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Narcotic drug test kits

Narcotic drug test kits

Narcotic drug test kits are the new standard for detecting drugs.

Once upon a time, it was hashish, amphetamines (Speed), cocaine and Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Times have changed and so have habits. Drug users are trying alternative drug types, and as we hear every day on the news, reaching epidemic levels.

So what is going on? While people get addicted, street sellers (pushers) will supply and feed the needs of addiction. And it will never stop while there are demand and profit.

Drugs have advanced, mainly because of smart scientists who keep making new drug formulas to fulfill the demand and create new markets. Ecstasy is an example, it’s chemically similar to amphetamine, but its molecular construction is different. K2 and Spice are other examples. But now dealers are mixing different drugs to feed more potential addicts waiting in line.

The problem is so severe that testing and detecting these new drug compounds is becoming more difficult.

The latest crisis is the abuse of Fentanyl and Tramadol. Both highly addictive and available on the black market or prescribed by irresponsible doctors.

The question what can you do as a responsible parent or a concerned employer? Is it possible to test for everything? The simple answer is no, but there are new Narcotic drug test kits that can certainly help. Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and Tramadol are synthetic opioids, highly addictive and potent. Methamphetamine is also very addictive and has a similar chemical structure to Amphetamines. We can now detect these drugs and many more with the latest narcotic test kits.

Here are two narcotic drug test kits that detect eleven or more drugs at once.

12 panel drug test kit with EtG alcohol

13-panel drug alcohol test kit (EtG)

Once upon a time, a five-panel drug test would have been the standard, but today ten, twelve and even thirteen-panel drug tests are the way forward. When testing, make sure the test you are using is a narcotic drug test kits.

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5 panel drug screen, which one is right for you?

5 panel drug screen

5 panel drug screen test

When you are told to get a drug screen, what do you do next? Your school, employer or possibly a court order will give you instructions on where to get a drug test. It’s likely you go to a local testing facility. They will take a urine sample from you and use it to test.

What are they testing for? Typically, they will screen your urine sample for drugs using a 5 Panel Drug Screen similar to the ones available here. These are usually what are called ‘DIP’ tests. This means that the device has five absorbent ‘fingers’, which are dipped into your urine. They will test for the major drug classes as recommended by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration): Cocaine, Opiates, Amphetamines, Marijuana, and Phencyclidine.

What if I need a test myself before taking the official test?

That’s easy and sensible. Look online, follow the instructions on how to do it and read the result. This way you are clean and will pass the test you have been asked to do.

What if I need a test for a different set of five drugs?

The versions of the 5 Panel Drug Screen you can buy on www.buyatestkit.com are all FDA 510(K) cleared and mostly CLIA waived. Many configurations are not available in the local drug store. Buying online gives you the option to customize which drugs you will test to meet your individual needs. For example, the 5 Panel Drug Screen from EliteScreen is available in seven options:

  1. W754: Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Opiates/Morphine, and Marijuana
  2. W654: Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Opiates, and Benzodiazepines
  3. W554: Ecstasy, Cocaine, Marijuana, Opiates/Morphine, and Methamphetamine
  4. W454: Amphetamines, Cocaine, Marijuana, Opiates/Morphine, and Phencyclidine
  5. W354: Phencyclidine, Cocaine, Marijuana, Opiates, and Methamphetamine
  6. W254: Amphetamines, Cocaine, Marijuana, Opiates, and Methamphetamine
  7. W154: Amphetamines, Cocaine, Marijuana, Opiates, and Phencyclidine

Having these different configurations available allows you to buy exactly what you need when you need it, and for far cheaper than at local retail outlets. For example, the cost of certain tests can vary as much as $3.00 to $50.00, depending on whether they are purchased in-store or online.

Are more expensive tests better?

Not necessarily. If the test kit is FDA cleared, it is likely to be sufficient and will generally produce similar results to other FDA cleared brands. Paying more doesn’t mean the test will be more accurate. Please compare our prices at www.buyatestkit.com.

What options do I have with a 5 Panel Drug Screen Test?

An alternative option to consider is a ‘CUP’ version of a dip test. This works the same way as a dip test except the test is within the cup which holds the urine as well. Some people consider this easier to use and cleaner, with the added benefit of checking the temperature of the sample.

For more information on our various drug testing kits, options for testing at home and at work, and substance abuse, please read more on our test kits.

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Drug Testing, The Answer to drug abuse?

Drug Testing The Answer to drug abuse

Is Drug testing the answer? Let’s do some analysis.

There are many factors you need to be aware of when testing for drug abuse. We all want to identify anyone abusing particularly if this person is operating safety-sensitive equipment. This could be a motor vehicle or any equipment that could endanger other people’s lives. We also want to identify anyone who is on the path to recovery, taking treatment to sobriety. That may all seem obvious, but how do we know what to test for and when?

Are you testing for all drugs of abuse?

Administrators in the workplace or rehabilitation facilities are doing a great job testing for drugs. But do they know the whole story? If they are testing for five major drug classes then maybe not. A standard five-panel test typically detects opiates, cocaine, amphetamines, marijuana, and phencyclidine. If someone is being tested for Meth or Methamphetamine, then a standard five-panel test will not pick it up.

In conclusion:

Is Drug Testing The Answer? Well, there are important things to consider. If the administrator determines the person in question is clean they can go on with their duties without any further questions. The consequences of missing an abuser may be catastrophic, be sure the test you are using tests for the drugs that need. Is drug testing the answer? In our view, if administered correctly the answer is YES, it will deter abusers and make our world a safer place for everyone.

Here are our two recommendations if you are not sure.

10 panel drug test cup

11 panel drug test for employees

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What are Drug Test Cup Kits?

What are Drug Test Cup Kits

What are Drug Test Cup Kits

Introduction.

Customers often ask us why there are different types of drug test kits and why urine is the preferred method for testing. Back in the 60’s, the military recognized an increase in the use of heroin among its personnel who served in the Vietnam War and implemented a drug testing program on troops returning from the front line. We will discuss why we prefer cup drug test kits later in this article. It was then expanded to personnel who were on active duty and became the first large-scale drug testing regime.

In the 70’s, the US government decided to address the problems related to drug abuse and created an office to coordinate with prevention education, rehabilitation, treatment, training in all the federal agencies.

Workplace drug testing began to increase in the 80’s as a way of ensuring employees were drug-free. The scientific validity of drug-testing resulted in litigation because there were no standards. The US Government decided to take action to address this in 1986 when President Reagan issued an executive order announcing the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Program. All government agencies were required to develop plans for achieving this. In 1987 an expansion to this order was developed to establish a comprehensive standard for all aspects of laboratory drug testing.

What are Drug Test Cup KitsWhat are Drug Test Cup Kits and why they’re preferred?

Drug test Cup kits are the clean and preferred option for testing. They contain multiple urine drug screening panels which can test up to 14 different drugs simultaneously. The cup checks for temperature accuracy, establishing the temperature is within an acceptable range. This is an important step prior to the drug test. Cups also include the most important test which establishes the integrity of the urine sample.

These are the most common tests for drugs of abuse: amphetamine, methamphetamine, marijuana, metabolite, cocaine, opiates, phencyclidine (PCP), barbiturates, benzodiazepines, methadone, propoxyphene, and oxycodone.

The rapid instant drug test (Immunoassay)

In the early days of drug testing, workplaces outsourced employee testing to the laboratories. In 1975 scientists developed a non-laboratory drug test called an immunoassay. This was a rapid test to screen individuals for signs of drug abuse and could be used on-site. However early immunoassays* caused problems with false positive results and cross-reactions. But the birth of on-site workplace testing had begun.

*Immunoassays are reagent tests that are formulated to recognize analytes within specific drug classes and are set to determine thresholds of substance use and abuse. These thresholds (or cut-off levels) were set by standards conceived by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration. SAMSHA and are now the standard throughout the United States.

Workplace drug testing

Urine sample collection procedures need to strike a balance between trusting clients and ensuring that specimens were not contaminated or falsified. Inconsistencies in method and management caused problems, many of which resulted in lawsuits. But fast and accurate drug testing enabled employers to make informed hiring or return-to-work decisions and this quickly and became a convenient way of testing.

Employers asked what are drug test cup kits? They soon realized that this was the way forward and quickly adopted this type of test. They are easy to use, produced quick, accurate results and best of all the test was fitted inside the test cup. This provided administrators with a clean and cost-effective method to test their employees.

How to beat a drug test.

Information about how to beat the drug test has become widely available on the web. Sites advertise overpriced products that can be added to urine specimens to absorb toxins. Substitute urine is also used to beat the test. It is used instead of their sample, however, it can easily be detected as fake as it has NO SMELL. Substitute urine was originally developed for labs to calibrate their equipment but is now available from many sources. There are herbal remedies that can be consumed a few hours before testing to cleanse the urine as well. In our experience, most of these have little effect. If you are vigilant and follow a strict administration policy, then it is possible to determine whether the sample provided is, in fact, legitimate and not adulterated.

The drug test.

What are drug test cup kits all about? In order to ascertain whether an individual has used drugs of abuse or not is not always clear. Urine has been and remains the most widely used body fluid specimen for routine testing. Drug testing is commonly employed to check for the presence of many drugs. It is now a routine practice for the workplace to have drugs testing programs that use the rapid drug test cup kits (immunoassay*) as an initial testing methodology.

This initial process is used to identify and separate donor samples from those that are negative and those that are presumed positive. Presumed positives are sent for confirmation to a lab. For on-site testing, the employee is provided with the specimen collection cup. The employee provides a urine sample directly into the cup. The employee is then asked to secure the lid tightly and hand it back to the administrator. The administrator can now determine very quickly whether the sample is negative or positive and whether the sample has been adulterated or not.  Non-negative or presumed positive specimens are sent to a certified SAMHSA lab for confirmation testing. All confirmed non-negatives can be sent to a Medical Review Officer for review.

Conclusion.

Cup drug test kits are manufactured for a reason. They can do so much more when testing for drugs and are likely to identify the abuser more often. In conclusion, if it’s not a cup drug test kit, it’s likely the donor will escape detection and pass their drug test. The question is, do you want that to happen in your workplace. The potential for abusers being around safety-sensitive equipment and hurting someone whilst ‘high’ could be catastrophic. Be warned, spend the extra few dollars and save yourself thousands.

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Know your Workplace drug testing policy & procedures

workplace drug testing policy

Do you have a Workplace drug testing policy?

Drug testing is a way an employer can determine if their employees or job applicants are abusing drugs.  It can identify evidence of recent substance abuse, particularly prescription and illegal drugs.  Substance testing cannot test for impairment or whether drugs have impacted a person’s behavior.  The way drug testing works best is to implement a clear written workplace drug testing policy and share it with all your employees. Part of your implementation should include employee education about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can be added to provide help for employees who may have a drink or drug problem.

workplace drug testing policyHow to set up a drug-free workplace policy.

An effective substance-abuse prevention policy for your small businesses might start with five simple sentences. You can add additional content as required to suit the needs and circumstances of your company.

 

  1. [Your Company] is committed to protecting the safety, health, and well-being of its employees and all people who come into contact with its workplace(s) and property, and/or use its products and services.
  2. Recognizing that drug and alcohol abuse poses a direct and significant threat to this goal, [Your Company] is committed to ensuring a substance-free working environment for all of its employees.
  3. [Your Company] therefore strictly prohibits the illicit use, possession, sale, conveyance, distribution, or manufacture of illegal drugs, intoxicants, or controlled substances in any amount or any manner.
  4. Also, [Your Company] strictly prohibits the abuse of alcohol or prescription drugs.
  5. Any violation of this policy will result in adverse employment action up to and including dismissal and referral for criminal prosecution.

Download a Drug Workplace Policy Template

Before you start putting together your Workplace drug testing policy for employees, you should consider these questions:

  • What is the purpose/goal of your policy?
  • Who is covered by your policy?
  • When does your policy apply?
  • What behavior is prohibited?
  • Will employees be required to notify you of drug-related convictions?
  • Does your policy include searches?
  • Does your program include drug testing?
  • Violation of policy, what will the consequences?
  • Are there Return-to-Work Agreements?
  • What type of assistance is available?
  • How is employee confidentiality protected?
  • Who is responsible for enforcing your policy?
  • How will your policy be communicated to employees?

What is workplace drug testing?

Employers who decide to test a job applicant or employee must determine what drugs they are testing. Don’t just pick a standard five test because everyone else does.

The test used by U.S. Department of Transportation consists of a test for six substances.  These six substances include THC (marijuana), Cocaine, Opiates, Amphetamines, Phencyclidine, and Ecstasy. Here are some options. Use that as your starting point, then think about what other drugs you may wish to include in the test.

Many employers today go beyond testing for these six drugs, expanding the panel of drugs to ten or twelve. The test panel can be extended to include as many drugs as you see fit. It may wish to include Benzodiazepines, Methadone, Oxycodone, Barbiturates, and Methamphetamine.

Is workplace drug testing useful?

Common reasons employers implement workplace testing policy:

  • Deter employees from abusing illicit substances, prescription medications, and alcohol.
  • Prevent hiring individuals who are abusers.
  • To identify early and appropriately help employees who have substance or alcohol problem.
  • Provide a safe and comfortable workplace for employees.
  • Instills consumer confidence that employees are working safely and protects the general public.
  • Comply with State laws and Federal regulations.
  • Benefit from increased discounts for Worker’s Compensation Premiums.

What are the pros and cons of Workplace drug testing?

Alcohol and drug abuse can create significant health and safety hazards. It can result in decreased productivity and poor employee morale.  It leads to additional costs in the worker’s compensation claims and short-term disability claims.

Pros to the company:

  • Increased employee morale.
  • Decreased workplace accidents.
  • Reduced employee theft.
  • Increased productivity.
  • Reduced employee turnover.
  • Decreased cost of insurance, such as workers’ compensation.

Cons to the company:

  • Abusers have poor work performance.
  • Frequently call out of or arrive late to the workplace.
  • Frequently change workplaces.
  • Struggle with productivity.
  • File for workers’ compensation claims and benefits.

Workplace drug testing kits.

We stock many options for drug testing in the workplace and provide valuable information on how to use drug tests and what drug they detect.

Workplace drug test kits.

Useful Government links:

Drug testing laws by state.

Drug Free Workplace programs from SAMHSA.

Useful information for setting up a workplace drug testing policy.

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Opioid Abuse hits the Workplace for the worst!

Opioid Abuse hits the Workplace

Opioid Abuse hits the Workplace

Opioid abuse hits the workplace as employees are using and abusing prescription drugs more often.  A new survey reveals 70 percent of businesses are saying it’s affecting their workers.

The survey from the National Safety Council also found that while 71 percent of employers believe that abuse of opioid abuse is a disease that requires treatment, 65 percent also consider it a justifiable reason to fire a worker.

The medicine cabinet is the source from where most of these drugs are coming from.  Prescribed prescription drugs and opioids can impair workers and create hazards in safety-sensitive areas in the workplace. Even when taken as prescribed, impairment is a consideration and employees should not be allowed to drive or operate machinery.

These findings should make employers stand up and realize that as opioid abuse hits the workplace it hits their business in so many ways.

The report showed that employers do not understand the implications of opioid abuse and have a long way to go. Only 19 percent of employers said they felt “prepared” to deal with prescription drug abuse in their workplace. 76 percent of employers do not offer training on the topic at all.

Of all the companies consulted, only 57 percent of employers said all employees underwent drug testing but nearly half of them didn’t test for synthetic opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl.

Opioid abuse hits the workplace in many ways and has many knock-on effects. Absenteeism, lower productivity, theft, and accidents that affect other employees. Did you know that the USA is currently in the throes of an unprecedented opioid epidemic? Six out of 10 overdose deaths involve opioid drugs and 91 die every day from opioid or heroin abuse, and this is just in America.

Opioid abuse hits the place of work

What effective steps can you take as an employer to protect your employees? The report found that 81 percent of employer’s policies lack at least one major element of an effective drug-free workplace program. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration has some useful information and a toolkit to help with your drug-free workplace policy.

As opioid abuse hits the workplace, the next thing to consider is drug testing your employees on a random basis and when there is reasonable suspicion. Prior to employment, you should always test that candidate for drugs. Here is a list of drug test kits that detect synthetic opioids and are suitable for use in the workplace.

Employers, its time to take action and protect your business and your employees from drugs.

On a positive note, 70 percent of employers did say they would help workers struggling with prescription drug abuse return to their jobs after completing treatment.

Here is a list of drug tests that detect opioids suitable for workplace testing.

References: National Safety Council

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Choosing the right drug test for employees or family

Choosing the right drug test for employees or family

Choosing the right drug test for employees or family.

Choosing the right drug test for employees or family can be hit or miss unless you know what you are doing. Read our guide on testing and the benefits.

At home testing.

Observing behavioral changes in your teen may be a sign that they may be consuming illicit substances in their room or out with their friends. A good number of parents across the US are very concerned that their children maybe compromising their future by substance abuse.

Of course, sudden behavioral changes may not be due to drug or alcohol abuse, and so you cannot easily conclude that your teen is on drugs. Behavioral changes may occur due to depression and academic stress. Numerous drug test kits are presently available in the market that can help you find out if your child is actually on drugs. And you do not require any specific training, as these kits are very easy to use.

The most popular types of tests kits available are saliva, urine, and hair. Hair drug test is capable of detecting substance abuse up to 90 days, while a urine test can detect drugs from 1-30 days. Saliva tests are good for detecting from 8 hours to 3 days.

Choosing the right drug test for employees or family can save you a huge amount of money. You do not have to drive anywhere to get expensive tests done. There is no need to visit a doctor or spend time waiting in line to be tested at a test lab.

Benefits of using drug test kits at home.

A few years ago, a person who needed a drug test had to go all the way to a laboratory to be tested. However, the situation has changed now because of new technological advancements in medical science. Now you can perform a drug test at home by using drugs test kits. These kits are very easy to use and anyone can use these kits without any professional guidance.

Most doctors will advise you to buy drug test kits from your local drug store. It’s a simple way to check whether your teens, spouse or anyone in your home is using drugs or not. As it is correctly said that, precaution is better than cure. Early detection of drugs usage will help you in saving your loved ones from becoming drug addicts.

Employee testing.

If you own a business, you would probably want to evaluate your employees. Keep a close watch on them. There is a likelihood that some of your staff members are working under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Working under the influence produce many threats; absenteeism, productivity, accidents, theft, and workers comp insurance. All of these can greatly affect your overall bottom line to your business.

Choosing the right drug test for employees or family is not a difficult task. You can buy a urine drug-test kit in many formats, single tests or multiple tests kits. Single test kits detect only a single drug, while multiple test kits detect up to 12  drugs at a time.

Be very careful when you buy drug tests kits, as not all brands are of the same quality and therefore the results can to vary immensely. If you are not completely sure regarding what type of drug test kit you need, follow the many articles under SOLUTIONS, there you will find suitable guidance. Truly, choosing the right drug test for employees or family has never been so easy!

Major benefits of drug testing employees or family.

  • Confidentiality and Privacy: Drug testing individuals is convenient because while performing a drug test, they will know that the results will be known only to them, so they will not hesitate, even if the test result is positive.
  • Less Expensive: If you buy drug test kits, then you will be saving a lot of money, which you might otherwise spend on expensive drug tests at a laboratory. Usually, the price of a kit depends upon the number of drugs it can detect. Therefore, if you want to use it only for a particular drug, you can use a single-panel urine kit. However, it is better to buy multi-panel drugs test kits, as it can detect more drugs.
  • Instant Results: We are aware of the fact that results for lab tests generally take a few days. However, the result of rapid drug tests will be available in few minutes. These kits are designed to give accurate and instant results and save a lot of time.
  • User-Friendly: Drug test kits are designed in such a way that an administrator does not need to have a medical background to use it. The kits come with a printed manual, in which every procedure for performing the tests is mentioned. By following the instructions, anyone can perform a drug test either at home or the workplace and get the desired results.

However, while buying a drug test kit, you must always ensure that they are FDA cleared. With genuine authorization, the reliability of test kits is guaranteed. There are various options available for the purchase of these kits like the local drug store. However, you will get the best deals on drug test kits from buyatestkit.com. They have a wide range at competitive prices, so buying this way is always a smart option.

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Learn more about substance abuse

substance abuse test

Stuff you should know about substance abuse, the symptoms, and properties.

Substance abuse is often painful to detect and understand. We have put together a list of commonly abused drugs showing their effects and symptoms. Moreover, to help with links to tests that detect these drugs.

Nicotine Metabolites

Cotinine, the major metabolite of nicotine is an analyte for the determination of tobacco usage. You can detect the level of cotinine detected in urine, but it is influenced by a variety of factors including; the type of tobacco used, filtered vs. nonfiltered cigarettes, how heavily the individual inhaled the smoke, the length of time an individual chewed, the number of cigarettes smoked per day. These variables make it difficult to determine precisely how much an individual smokes or uses tobacco, however, the testing methodology does have the precision to differentiate applicants exposed in a smoking environment from the tobacco user.  The cotinine test identifies nicotine use.  We estimate 25% of smokers or 5% of the total population fail to report potent correct smoking status.

Alcohol (Ethanol)

Ethanol, the metabolite of alcohol is commonly used to screen for recent alcohol consumption. Peak blood levels usually occur within 40-70 minutes on an empty stomach.  Food in the stomach can decrease the absorption of alcohol. The liver metabolizes ethanol to acetaldehyde.  The average urine/blood ratio is 1.35.  The average saliva/blood ratio is 1:20.  Symptoms of intoxication in the presence of low alcohol levels could indicate a severe acute medical problem requiring immediate attention.  The half-life and effectiveness of certain drugs (e.g., barbiturates) are increased with the presence of ethanol. A test for Alcohol abuse is available here.

Amphetamines

Substance AbuseAmphetamines are potent central nervous system stimulants with high abuse potential. They produce an initial state of euphoria (high) followed by restlessness, agitation, irritability and sometimes extreme paranoia. Tolerance develops rapidly and, although physical dependence has not been proved, psychological dependence is very high. Amphetamines are prescribed primarily for the treatment of obesity, attention disorder, hyperactivity, and narcolepsy, but, because of the high abuse potential, these compounds are used as a last resort in these treatments. A test for Amphetamine substance abuse is available here.

Barbiturates

There is a variety of these sedative-hypnotic drugs.  However, all are derivatives of barbituric acid.  Depending on the derivation, the particular drug may be long-acting, as is phenobarbital, short-acting, as is pentobarbital or ultrashort-acting, as is the case with thiopental.  The long-acting barbiturate phenobarbital selectively reduces the excitability of rapidly firing neurons and is, therefore, everyday anticonvulsant drug.  The short and ultra-short drugs inhibit arousal, hence their sedative and hypnotic effects.  Low doses produce sedation, drowsiness, sleep and also impaired judgment.  At high doses, anesthesia is produced.  Very high doses can cause stupor, convulsions, and death. A test for Barbiturates substance abuse is available here.

Benzodiazepines

Among this group of drugs, the most prominent is Valium.  Benzodiazepines are used therapeutically as so-called minor tranquilizers.  Doses between 2.5 and 10 mg produce a calming effect while higher doses produce muscle-relaxing effects. Drug addicts utilize Valium in high doses to counter the excitatory effects of other drugs or as a means of inducing tranquil states.  Acutely, benzodiazepine overdose may produce somnolence, confusion, seizures, and coma. Rarely, hypertension, respiratory depression, and cardiac arrest may occur.  Chronically, physical and psychological dependence occurs.  Sudden discontinuance of the drug may lead to anxiety, sweating, irritability, hallucination, diarrhea, and seizures. A test for Benzodiazepines substance abuse is available here.

Cannabinoids/Marijuana

Marijuana consists of the dried leaves and flowering tops of the Cannabis sativa plant and is a source of psychoactive agents, a major one being delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol ( Delta 9-THC).  This drug is rapidly absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract and the respiratory system after oral or inhalation routes of ingestion. When smoked, the drug is rapidly metabolized and detected in the urine within a couple of hours and for as long as several days after use.  Regular users report a feeling of euphoria, hallucinations, and relaxed inhibitions. A test for Marijuana substance abuse is available here.

Cocaine

Substance AbuseCocaine is a central nervous system stimulant. It usually appears in the form of a fine crystal-like powder, although it can come in larger pieces called rocks which are the free-base form of the drug and is injected, snorted or smoked.   The effects of the drug begin within minutes and peak within 15 to 20 minutes. These include dilated pupils, increase in blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, and body temperature. The dangers associated with cocaine use vary depending on how the drug is taken, the dose, and the individual. Some regular users report feelings of restlessness, irritability, anxiety, and sleeplessness. Even low doses of cocaine may create psychological problems. Use of high doses of cocaine over a prolonged period may lead to paranoia, commonly called cocaine psychosis, which includes hallucinations of touch, sight, taste, and smell. A test for Cocaine substance abuse is available here.

Methadone

Methadone is a non-bicyclic drug which binds to morphine receptors in the brain. Although it can become addictive, the effects are less than those of equivalent concentrations of heroin.  Thus, administration of methadone to heroin addicts allows them to experience the effects of heroin but in a modulated manner. A gradual lowering of the dose reduces the physical dependence; however, addiction to methadone can also occur. A test for Methadone substance abuse is available here.

Methaqualone

The primary use of Methaqualone is for its sedative-hypnotic properties.  It also possesses anticonvulsant, antispasmodic, local anesthetic, antitussive, and weak antihistamine actions.  Oral administration leads to rapid and complete absorption of the drug with peak concentrations within 2 to 3 hours.  Tolerance to some of its actions, as well as dependence, occurs such that abusive dosages can be up to six or seven times greater than those employed therapeutically. Symptoms of overdose are similar to barbiturate toxicity and produce depression with lethargy, respiratory depression, coma, and death.  Unlike barbiturate overdose, muscle spasms, and convulsions can result.

Opiates

Opiates are drugs such as heroin, codeine, and morphine and can produce a very high physical or psychological dependence by their users.  You can test for codeine and morphine (a metabolite of both codeine and heroin), and also the metabolite of heroin.  You can also test for the opiate, hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), and oxycodone (Percodan) from a full drug screen test. Users report feelings of euphoria, analgesia, drowsiness, and respiratory depression. A test for Opiates substance abuse is available here.

Phencyclidine

Phencyclidine is exclusively used as a drug of abuse.  It has numerous effects on a variety of different neural pathways, and hence a wide array of bizarre symptoms can be seen in the same patient. It’s physiological effects appear to be analgesic, anesthetic, and paradoxically, stimulating.  Because of its various actions, clinically acute manifestations vary from depression to euphoria and can induce catatonia, violence, rage and auditory and visual hallucinations.  Vomiting, hyperventilation, tachycardia, shivering, seizures, coma and death are also common occurrences that result from abuse of this drug. A test for Phencyclidine substance abuse is available here.

Propoxyphene

Propoxyphene is an analgesic drug which has very similar pharmacologic properties to those of opiates like morphine. A primary cause of drug-related deaths is propoxyphene overdose, either alone or in combination with depressants like barbiturates and alcohol.  Results show that the symptoms are similar to those of opiate overdoses, i.e., respiratory depression, cardiac arrhythmia, seizures, pulmonary edema, and coma. A test for Propoxyphene substance abuse is available here.

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Drug confirmation test – Why is it so important?

Drug confirmation test

Drug test kits vary in design but the principles are all the same.

A drug confirmation test is required when you get a presumed positive result from a rapid or instant drug test kit.

Drug testing has now become a necessary part of our lifestyle. Illicit and prescription drugs are being used and abused more and more, and this is hurting our society and putting people’s lives in danger. Typically, areas to be concerned with are the workplace, schools and at home, but anywhere where there are signs of abuse the person in question should be tested.

Implementing drug testing whether it be in the home or the workplace is very straightforward. Try to follow our instructions on how to collect the specimen correctly. The collection, testing and interpretation are very important, but what happens when a test result is presumed positive? What do you do? Firstly, be certain that you followed our guidelines and that everything went to plan.

If you see a Pinky-red line (C) the test was successful. If you see a Pinky-red line (T) the result is negative. If you see a faint Pinky-red line (T) the result is still negative. If there is no line (T) then consider a drug confirmation test to prove the presumed positive, meaning the sample should be analyzed further by a SAMHSA approved laboratory.

Why is a drug confirmation test so important?

A laboratory is needed to confirm your presumed positive test and give you an accurate confirmatory result. They will initially screen your sample again. If the result is negative, then that’s the end of the process. If its presumed positive, they will further analyze your sample using a lab technique called Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry technology (GC-MS). This method is very accurate. If a drug or drugs are found, the confirmation will report the findings detailing what drugs were discovered and how much was found. The results are reported in Nanograms per Millilitre (ng/ml).

As an example; a rapid drug test kit would have a cut-off level for THC, (marijuana) of 50 ng/ml. If the result is 55 ng/ml then the person being tested (the donor) is only just over the limit which is a level recommended by SAMHSA. On the other hand if the result is 505 ng/ml then the donor is probably a regular user. Based on the results you get back from the lab you can then make a decision on how to treat the situation and how to proceed forward. We would always recommend continued random testing until the results are negative.

What do I do with the sample prior to getting a drug confirmation test?

  • Before it is shipped to a SAMHSA approved laboratory. You should I keep the sample refrigeratedYes and keep it a sealed container until it’s dispatched.
  • How long will it take to get the pre-paid mailing kit? Typically three days from your request.
  • What do I do when I receive the mailer? Full instructions will be included in the mailer on how to prepare the sample for shipping and what documents should be included and where to ship it to.
  • What is included in the package? You will receive a Clinical FedEX envelope, mailing label, chain of custody form, specimen box, specimen container and specimen bag.
  • How long will it take before I get a report? Typically one to three working days from receipt of sample.
  • How will I receive the results of the test? You will receive a full report via confidential email as soon as the lab has finalized its findings.