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Urban legends, Myths, and Misconceptions

Posted by lakelandhealthcare on December 13, 2011 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (2)

Urban legends, myths, and misconceptions

The increasingly common practice of drug testing has led to an increase in the number of drug users looking for ways to beat the tests, and has spawned a number of myths and urban legends as a result. However, this does not stop users from getting creative in their attempts to somehow shorten the detection times and/or mask the contents of their fluid specimens, with varying degrees of success or lack thereof....

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About urine drug testing

Posted by lakelandhealthcare on December 13, 2011 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Urine drug test kits are available as on-site tests, or laboratory analysis. Urinalysis is the most common test type and used by federally mandated drug testing programs and is considered the Gold Standard of drug testing. Urine based tests have been upheld in most courts for more than 30 years.

Drug testing is more likely to catch cannabis users, since THC metabolites are fat soluble and have a longer duration in the body than those of other drugs which are widely considered more dange...

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About oral drug tests

Posted by lakelandhealthcare on December 13, 2011 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Saliva / oral fluid-based drug tests can generally detect use during the previous few hours to 1–2 days. THC may only be detectable for less than 12.0 hours in most cases. Detection in saliva tests begins almost immediately upon use of the following substances, and lasts for approximately the following times:

Alcohol: 6–24 h[12]

NOTE: Saliva tests are poorly sensitive to THC and detection times can vary considerably based on the cutoffs used. In some cases drug use may...

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about Hair analysis

Posted by lakelandhealthcare on December 13, 2011 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Hair analysis to detect drugs of abuse have been used by UK and Canadian courts, and hair testing for alcohol markers is now recognised in both the UK and US judicial systems. There are guidelines for hair testing that have been published by the Society of Hair Testing that specify the markers to be tested for and the cutoff concentrations that need to be tested.. Drugs of abuse that can be detected include Cannabis, Cocaine, Amphetamines .The hair follicle test is growing in popularity becau...

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about drug testing

Posted by lakelandhealthcare on December 13, 2011 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

A drug test is a technical analysis of a biological specimen – for example urine, hair, blood, sweat, or oral fluid / saliva – to determine the presence or absence of specified parent drugs or their metabolites. Major uses of drug testing are to detect the presence of performance enhancing steroids in sport or for drugs prohibited by laws, such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin.


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