Common Drugs of Abuse
While there are thousands of drugs that are passed around alleyways and hospital halls alike, there are a few that stand out as being main offenders when it comes to abuse. Some are more harmless than others, but there’s no denying the wide-reaching effects the most common drugs of abuse have on the human public.
The Drugs Everybody Knows
These categories are highlighted as the result of statistical analysis and professional opinion. Each one is impactful, and some are very dangerous.
Otherwise known as “meth”, this drug is often changed in different laboratories to bring out greater levels of potency.
MDMA is a psychoactive drug used for recreation. The symptoms include increased energy, empathy, pleasure, and other sensations.
Ketamine is a fast-acting tranquilizing drug with anesthetic and hallucinogenic properties. It is showing promise in the treatment of depression.
Formerly used as a common pain-killer in hospitals, cocaine fell out of use when it’s incredibly addictive nature was increasingly understood.
Originating from the poppy plant, opioids are a class of highly-addictive drugs that are used for a wide variety of applications, including in some cases as officially accepted pain-killers.
While Morphine tends to get more attention due to it's more widely-used status, this synthetic opioid is also used as a pain-killer by some hospitals due to being anywhere from 50 to 100 times more potent.
Date Rape Drugs (GHB & Rohypnol)
A tragically common abuse, “date rape drugs” are used to numb the victim and decrease their resistance to suggestion.
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Understanding Drug Testing Types, Methods And Specimen Collection
Examining the wide assortment of drug testing options available and exploring the potential pros and cons of each method
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.
List Of The Most Common Drugs Of Abuse (continued)
One of the most hotly contested drugs in the world, marijuana has many arguments for its benefits and use, but it can still produce a negative experience to sensitive takers
Defined differently depending on who you ask, narcotics are generally accepted to refer to drugs with sleep-inducing or euphoric properties, with narcotics and opioids being synonymous in some minds.
Often harmless (or indeed, very beneficial) drugs, these substances can become very deadly when taken by people they weren’t intended for.
Heroin is a highly addictive drug that can be extremely difficult to quit, and it has no accepted use for medical purposes.
PCP was originally developed as an anesthetic for use in surgeries. However, it was discontinued in 1965 due to significant adverse effects.
The most popularly consumed of all of these drugs, tobacco is dangerous to humans who depend on it, with no documented benefit.
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.
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- 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
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- 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.