Where to Look and Test for Drugs Around the Home
Identify unknown substances around the home.
This article guides you on where to look for drugs around the home and then how to detect and identify the substance you find. We then show you how to test a family member based on your evidence; we hope that the information in this article will help you and give you peace of mind.
Where to look first.
Bedrooms are the natural place to start your investigation, and teens believe they can hide them from you. Follow the above illustration; it will guide you. Look in and around the bed and the closet; check pockets in clothing, cupboards, computer keyboards, pens, posters, and personal items.
How to identify the drugs you find.
New technology, the first of its kind, has made it possible to use a residue surface drug test to detect and identify suspicious substances almost anywhere. These test kits offer a breakthrough in technology for testing unknown substances in and around the home. Parents benefit because they can use them without needing professional training and low cost. And, no one needs to know, as all you are doing is an initial investigation. If you don’t find signs of drugs around the home, there are no awkward accusations.
Try a Residue Surface Drug Test Kit.
Even if you don’t find physical evidence, these new surface drug tests can detect and identify trace amounts of drug residue in and on almost anything. They are simple, easy to interpret, and 100% safe. They are perfect for concerned parents, school administrators, youth workers, and human resources. Surface tests are primarily designed for use by military and law enforcement, but they are also available for you for obvious reasons.
The test uses advanced wet chemistry technology, making it safe and user-friendly. And what makes it so good is it produces conclusive proof of the drug found. The illustration above was sent to us by a customer who positively identified Cocaine Residue Test.
Parents like that they can detect and identify drugs found around the home and then test the family in the privacy of their own home. Before this, it was difficult to establish any sign of drug use other than finding paraphernalia or possibly baggies containing unknown drugs and taking them to a laboratory for analysis. But now, if you find a baggie, pipe, or drug paraphernalia, it’s possible with some accuracy to know what the drug was. Of course, that’s not the whole story.
Is a family member using drugs?
It’s natural for you to trust your family. But, we all know the facts about drug abuse. Many of us have experimented mainly to experience the effects. We know peer pressure is intense, and the temptations are real. Even the best of kids can make poor choices when experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Testing a family member at home is not as difficult as you think. Knowing how to test for drugs with urine is the best and easiest way to get a reliable answer to one of the most challenging questions facing parents today.
How to test a family member for drugs.
Here is our advice for testing family members. This advice works if you stick to it, the outcome is guaranteed and favorable:
- Never give notice or warning that you are about to test family members. It’s best to check them first thing in the morning as they wake up. Escort them directly to the bathroom. Explain to them what you are doing and why.
- Their first urination of the day is best, as it’s typically the most concentrated. It’s the best for detecting drugs they may have used.
- Always supervise the urine collection from start to finish, and stay in the bathrooms while they urinate.
- Have them hand you the urine-filled cup immediately after collection. Check the temperature; it should be between 93 to 96º F. The exterior of the cup will feel warm to the touch.
- Once you have obtained the urine sample, it’s time to perform the test. Never leave the urine sample unattended until you have completed the test and are satisfied with the result; This is important because you may need to send the sample to a lab for confirmatory testing.
- Presumed positive samples should be packaged and sealed with tape to avoid tampering. (See below on how to interpret the test.)
- It is unnecessary to send a negative sample to a lab for testing.
Conclusion: Knowing how to test for drugs is essential. Drug Test Kits are only as accurate as of the urine sample you are analyzing. Keep in mind that urine samples can easily be compromised or adulterated. Closely supervise the entire testing process.
- Everyday cleaning products and household liquids such as toilet-bowl cleaners, bleach, floor or tile cleaners, glue, and soaps) can be used as adulterants. Adulterants can be placed on fingertips and hands and rubbed inside the test cup before sample collection. Make sure they wash their hands before urine collection.
- Be particularly aware of whether they conceal small bottles such as eye drops or ear drops. They’re easy to hide and can be used to hold many kinds of adulterants. (These may cause the test to fail).
- Be aware that if your teen dilutes their sample with water from the toilet bowl, you may want to add food coloring to the bowl. It may even be necessary to shut off the water to the toilet and sinks before testing. Abusers are not stupid and know all the tricks to get a clean test.
- To be confident that there is no funny business going on, use an adulterant test. This test gives you confidence the urine is clean and original. Ask your family member to provide a new sample if it’s adulterated.
Observing the dangers of drug abuse.
We all know that kids like to explore the unknown, and peer pressure often makes your teen do something they may not otherwise do. Education and guidance should be a parent’s responsibility to guide their teen on the dangers of drug abuse and how to avoid the perils of addiction.
Where do you start as a parent? If you suspect abnormal or uncommon activity from your teen or notice strange behavior, it might be a sign that they are using drugs. It’s not unusual, and the situation is getting worse. And it’s not just illicit street drugs that may be the issue here. We have noticed a sharp increase in the use of prescription drugs as well. We talk about teens here, but in reality, it could be anyone in your family.
How to test drugs using a Urine test kit
All urine drug tests used at home or workplace use a Thin Layer Chromatography process. You will notice that the strips that protrude from the test card are thin and about 3/16″ wide; these are the panels. Each panel absorbs urine by capillary action and migrates to the test or reagent area. It takes just a few minutes for this to happen. A drug test cup uses the same method; the difference is the strips or panels are inside the cup.
The test area is the window where the result appears. You will notice pinkish red lines develop as the test evolves. (See the illustrations below.)
- The absorbent material of each test strip allows the migration of urine.
- The urine sample reaches the test window and encounters the unique formulation of molecules that interacts with drug-specific antibodies. These antibodies only react to metabolites for the specific drug.
- If the urine sample does not contain the specific drug metabolites, these unique molecules react with the antibodies to produce a pinkish-red color line.
- When the line appears as this pinkish-red color, the result is Negative for that drug.
- If the urine sample contains the specific drug metabolites, then the molecules do not react with the reagent, so no line appears.
- If there is a reaction, it generally indicates a Presumptive Positive for that drug.
- The analysis is complete when the urine sample reaches the Control area at the top of the test window, where a reagent makes the molecules turn a pinkish-red color to indicate that the test worked properly.
All rapid drug test kits are considered a “screening test.” A screening test is a preliminary test that indicates a presumed positive or negative. Send Presumptive Positive Urine Samples to the laboratory for confirmatory testing. The preferred method for this is called gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). It is considered the gold standard in laboratory testing for urine samples.
Specimen analysis with an Adulterant test.
The diagram above illustrates what to expect when checking for adulterants. Parents should tell their teens why they are testing their teen’s urine samples and tell them they are checking for signs of contamination before performing the drug test. The process, once again, is simple. Dip a new specimen strip into the newly collected urine for a few seconds, gently remove any excess urine from the test strips and compare the colors against the chart. If you are satisfied with the sample, proceed with the urine drug test. If you suspect adulteration, ask them to provide a fresh sample.
In conclusion, testing for illicit drugs around the home can give you a clearer understanding of what is required to eradicate abuse for a drug-free home. Look everywhere, particularly hiding places where they may conceal them. Check suspect surfaces and paraphernalia with a surface test, and finally, check your loved ones with a urine test. Advise them about the perils of abusing drugs to steer them in a new direction. They know you have the upper hand, and if there is a suspicion in the future, you have the tools to deal with the problem. Eradicate Illicit drug abuse by following our advice and using the recommended tools.