Depressants are drugs that target the central nervous system and slow down the messages that are sent from the brain to the body. This slows down reactions, inhibits coordination, and reduces the ability to concentrate. In small doses, depressants cause a person to feel more relaxed. However, these drugs are addictive and can lead to abuse. Test Smartly provides testing options that test for many different types of depressants.
What Are Depressants?
While the name might cause people to assume depressants cause depression, these drugs actually “depress” the central nervous system. They “calm down the brain” and affect the users ability to process information. This is why depressants are intended to be prescribed to those with anxiety or insomnia. Those same calming properties make these types of drugs attractive to those who want to relax and have fun. This use can be unnecessary and constant use can lead to addiction.
Here are the different types of Depressants:
Sometimes referred to as “downers”, Barbiturates relax the user and can cause euphoria. Not only are they addictive, the prolonged use of barbiturates can negatively affect the user’s REM sleep.
Benzodiazepines can help treat those with insomnia, seizures, or anxiety. However, they are addictive and should be used carefully. They are known to be addictive and can be dangerous when mixed with other substances.
One of the most common and widely accepted drugs, alcohol can be used to relax and reduce inhibitions. In small quantities, alcohol isn’t harmful, but it still is addictive. Alcohol addiction can be deadly.
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There are several reasons or circumstances that can lead to the necessity of a drug test.
Why do businesses need to randomly drug test employees?
“Pre-employment screening is not good enough to reduce drugs in the workplace as anyone can stop long enough to find a job… ”
“If your business doesn’t drug test, you will likely attract illicit drug abusers looking for employment…”
Why Do Businesses Need Random Employee Drug Tests?
Do you remember the last time you applied for a new job? Or perhaps you are a hiring manager at the business who has accepted many applications and interviewed potential hires. One common part of the hiring process is the pre-employment drug test. No matter what side of the process you are on, this drug test is designed to ensure that the company ends up with the best employees possible who will be able to perform their duties safely and successfully.
Why Is Abusing Depressants Dangerous?
An addiction to depressants can be life-threatening, so if you or your loved one is struggling, it’s best to get help right away. If someone uses depressants without a prescription, it can get out of hand very quickly. Constant use leads to tolerance, which means the dose must be increased each time for the dependent individual to feel the positive effects of the drug.
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Be prepared for your drug test:
- Bring your Government Issued Picture ID
- Bring Drug Test Paperwork or Authorization
- Complete TSL Intake Form & HIPAA Disclosure
- Pay for your Test on the same day it happens
- Make sure you are hydrated if you are performing a Urine Test
- Expect to have your nail polish removed if getting a Nail Drug Test
- We do not need your prescription information but a Medical Review Officer (MRO) may contact you after collection to verify your medications.
- For urine testing, plan on arriving 3 hours before we close (1 hr minimum) to provide a cushion of time for a shy bladder situation.
- For hair testing, be sure to dry your hair completely before arriving.
- For nail testing, be sure to clean your nails with soap and water before arriving. Also, artificial nails and polish must be removed.
What Are Your Hours?
- All Test Smartly Labs are open Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm
- The Overland Park Testing Center is also open from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
- No appointment is required to come into our labs, and all of our locations are on a walk-in basis. However, it is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. If your situation requires special time considerations, please call us to determine if it would be better to arrange an appointment time.
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
- No doctors’ orders needed, we are a Direct-Access Testing Center. You are encouraged to consult your medical professional with your lab test results.
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
- Average turnaround time is 2-5 business days depending on the complexity of the lab work. Most tests are available in 2-3 days.
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
- Per protocol, the lab techs are not allowed to receive or ask for your medications. A medical review officer or MRO, a licensed physician who specializes in toxicology, will call you and ask for your medications and your physician’s phone number if it’s detected in your sample during testing. The MRO will then call your physician to verify your medications.