Drug testing your family
What you need to know.
Testing your loved ones is a quick and economical way to determine possible drug abuse. For a parent, the decision to start a testing program using at-home tests may be too challenging to contemplate. But when you find evidence of drug paraphernalia around the home or see sudden behavioral changes, you have to consider the next step. The use of at-home drug test kits is a solution and will identify drugs of abuse. It’s the road to recovery and the understanding of the problem. Here is a link to our products—at-home drug tests.
The fact that you are reading this page probably means you need testing for your teenager. Teens may object at first, saying that “you don’t trust me or I don’t take drugs.” Tell them that you do trust them, but you want to be sure. Explain the dangers and the ultimate long-term effects on their health. Tell them not to be persuaded by their friends who take drugs for fun. Explain the avoidance of peer pressure and how they should be proud of being clean.
○ Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you are in doubt with their answers, search their room, check their bags, or even try using a drug residue test kit. These products are designed to detect and identify drug residue that may be on work surfaces, a computer keyboard, mouse, clothing, and paraphernalia. These tests will confirm your suspicions, and they won’t know they were tested because the product leaves no trace.
Answers to questions you need to know before drug testing your family.
What are the Drugs of Abuse?
- Drugs of abuse (DOA) are drugs that are either illegal prescription or street drugs that a user consumes in amounts or with methods that are harmful to themselves.
How does a urine drug test work?
- The urine drug test detects Drugs of Abuse from human urine, and the analysis takes between three to five minutes to develop. Urine is absorbed into the testing device called an immunoassay. The urine test panel is a competitive binding, lateral flow immunochromatographic assay with a qualitative and simultaneous detection of many drugs.
What is a cut-off level?
- The cut-off level is the threshold at which the result goes from negative to positive. It’s the point when the device is designed to react and indicate the analysis is positive. If the result is positive, it’s above the cut-off level. If it’s below, it deemed to be negative. Cut-off levels are set by NIDA The National Institute of Drug Abuse, the government agency responsible for these settings. The cut-off level is the specified concentration of a drug in a sample. Above that concentration, the test is called positive, and below that concentration, it is called negative. Note: Every drug has a different cut-off level.
What is a negative test result?
- A negative result means that the test device was not able to detect the presence of a drug. But the method used may only be designed to identify specific substances, and so a negative is only negative for that substance. There can be many reasons why the result was negative. Examples include testing for the wrong drug, adulteration of a dirty sample by the donor, or the drug of concern has already been excreted by the body.
What is a false positive result?
- Some food items and over-the-counter medications may cross-react with a drug test to produce a false positive. Cough medicines and bagels with poppy seeds may also cause false positives.
What factors affect the test results?
- There are many factors that can affect a correct result. Examples are a diluted sample, a sample that has been adulterated or compromised by the donor, and the time between when a drug was consumed and when the test was taken.
What is the accuracy of a urine test and how sensitive is it?
- A rapid urine test is very accurate, typically over 90%, determined by its cut-off level, which is set in stone by NIDA. The sensitivity depends on the brand and the drug that is being analyzed. There is no doubt that some brands are better than others. If a drug is present in the body system in sufficient quantity, the test would be positive. A presumptive positive sample should be sent to a laboratory for confirmatory quantitative analysis.
When the test result shows negative, can I be sure that the person was not abusing drugs?
- No, several factors can make the test negative, substitute urine, sample dilution, overhydration, and adulteration; If you suspect a person might be taking drugs, test again for other types of drugs, or talk to your doctor for advice.
What is synthetic marijuana or K2 spice?
- K2/K3 spice drugs are psychoactive chemicals known as synthetic cannabinoids. These chemicals mimic the effect of Marijuana and are sold legally in the US under the guise of herbal incense.
Does a standard drug test detect Synthetic Marijuana?
- No, a standard drug test does not detect Synthetic Marijuana. All drug tests look for the metabolite of a specific drug, and it’s that metabolite that determines the result. Synthetic Marijuana produces a different metabolite to Marijuana, and so a regular THC / Marijuana test will not pick it up. The test has to be specific for K2/K3 Spice. Many devices include a check for Spice as well as other drugs in one assay.
Can I test the toilet water instead?
- Drug testing devices are designed for testing human urine only. They are based on chemiluminescent immunoassay and only provide accurate results on human urine samples. Do not test toilet water it will serve no conclusive result.
How should I store my test products?
- Store testing products between 35° and 85°F in a dry place. Do not use the test kit beyond its expiry date, and do not use the kit if the pouch is punctured or not well sealed. Make sure to keep them away from children.
Did you know you are legally responsible for your family’s actions?
- The costs to you with legal fees and rehabilitation can amount to thousands of dollars, especially if they’re involved in a drug-related accident. Drug testing your family can help safeguard you against this possibility because, as a parent or guardian, you are legally responsible for them until they reach twenty-one.
○ Take a look at these alarming statistics regarding drug abuse.
A comprehensive study on teens who admitted to taking drugs.
- 12% have used inhalants.
- 21% used marijuana in the past 30 days.
- 25% used illegal drugs in the past 30 days.
- 36% used pot in the past year.
- 41% of teens used illicit drugs in the past year.
- 48% of the teen population has tried marijuana.
- 53 % of the teen population has tried illegal drugs.
- 57% have smoked cigarettes.
- 78% have used alcohol.
Statistics provided by NIDA.
○ How to deter drug abuse at home.
Drug testing your family is a way to deter your loved ones from using drugs. Regularly test them as this will discourage them and remove the temptation. Most teens understand that being regularly tested means NO TO DRUGS and prevents the attraction of peer pressure from friends. Hopefully, they will realize that all you are doing is trying to guide them to a safer future.
When confronted, your loved ones will almost certainly deny having ever tried or experimented with drugs. Explain the dangers of drug abuse and where it can lead. Ill health, addiction, crime are all consequences; the long-term outcome is often death. Explain the dangers of mixing drugs with alcohol. Substance abuse alone can be dangerous, but when combined with alcohol can have a catastrophic result.
Explain that prescription drugs are not safe and are prescribed for a reason, and abusing them can lead to addiction. Lock your medicine cabinet and check the contents of prescription drugs regularly. Smoking marijuana is also a severe threat. The smoke, when inhaled, is carcinogenic and can potentially cause cancer and brain damage. Tell them how much you care and want them to lead a long and healthy life.
Turn on the news, every day we hear about drug-related deaths. In the USA, over twelve thousand people die each year as a result of drug-related accidents, and nearly one million a year are arrested on related charges.
○ Useful links for drug testing your family.
- Detecting and identifying drugs and drug residue around the home
- Questions and Answers regarding testing
- Guidance on finding the right test
- Identifying drug use and abuse
- Drugs, their effects and slang names
- How to drug test effectively
- Understanding and interpreting urine tests
- Testing for drugs around the home
- Drug testing at home
- Should I test my teenager for drugs?
○ In Conclusion.
All in all, communicate with your family, socialize with them, show them they are loved, understand their problems and discuss solutions. Here is a great place to start with guidance on drugs and drug abuse