10 Panel Drug Test Plus Expanded Opiates
The 10 panel drug test with expanded opiates screens for:
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
- Amphetamines (methamphetamines, MDMA, MDA, MDEA, ecstasy)
- Methaqualone or oxycodone
- Expanded opiates (including heroin, codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone)
The 10 panel drug test is available with urine drug testing and instant urine drug testing. If you’re interested in hair follicle drug testing, this is usually a 5 panel drug test, although some labs now offer a 9, 12, or 14 panel hair test.
There’s one substance in the 10 panel drug test that can sometimes vary. Some labs have eliminated methaqualone from the panel and provide only a 9 panel drug test. In other cases, they have replaced the methaqualone with OxyContin® (oxycodone or OXY). The OXY add-on can make the panel more expensive. Methaqualone (also known as Quaaludes) is no longer legally manufactured and is rarely available in the United States.
Let’s look more specifically at a few components of the 10 panel drug test.
Drug Testing for OxyContin
OxyContin is a drug used to treat pain. The high people experience while on it is similar to heroin, and it’s very addictive.
OxyContin is one of the most commonly prescribed pain medications in the United States. In fact, some research says the United States might be consuming as much as 83% of the world’s OxyContin. Furthermore, attempts at making the drug harder to abuse have merely led to users switching to other forms of the drug — not quit using — and the illegal sale of the drug is a rising concern.
OxyContin abuse in the workplace can be detrimental to the business’s safety and productivity. Employees under the influence can experience mood symptoms like panic attacks, anxiety, depression, and euphoria. Physical symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, heart attack, and other cardiovascular problems. Further symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia.
Users can even slip into a coma, and this drug abuse can be deadly.
It’s clear that drug testing for OxyContin in your workplace is vital to keeping your team safe and maintaining a drug-free workplace environment.
Why You Should Include Expanded Opiates Drug Testing
When it comes to our nation’s drug abuse problem, opiates are arguably the biggest concern of all. Opiates kill and hospitalize countless people each year, and the problem is only growing. Opioids became available in the 1990s to treat pain, and people believed they didn’t have addictive properties.
Obviously, we were wrong. Now, people who were harmlessly prescribed opioids by their doctors often end up misusing them, and some of them will eventually turn to heroin to achieve a similar high. It’s all too easy to obtain opioids, and yet our country hasn’t yet caught up when it comes to more closely monitoring prescription usage, limiting it as needed, and offering options for treatment when opioid use starts to get out of control for individuals.
The problem is widespread enough that many employers have opioid abuse occurring in their own workplace and don’t even know it, and the consequences can be detrimental — even deadly. Adding expanded opiates to your 10 panel drug test ensures you and your team are more protected from the most common and dangerous kind of drug abuse currently plaguing our country.
The Importance of Employee Drug Testing
Debate continues around employee drug testing for two main reasons. One is that some people still view it as an invasion of privacy. The second has to do with the country’s evolving marijuana laws. Gradually, more states are legalizing marijuana for medicinal — and in some cases, even recreational — use, creating a confusing gray area for employers in these states. If medicinal marijuana is legal, can employees with a prescription consume it on work property or show up under the influence? If recreational marijuana is legal, it is safe to use recreationally at work?
The tricky thing is that in large part, regardless of state laws, employers are still responsible for deciding how they handle drugs in their workplace. While this keeps control in their hands, it also puts an enormous amount of stress and pressure on their shoulders to do things correctly. That’s where US Drug Test Centers comes in.
Maintaining a safe work environment starts with having a solid drug-free workplace policy. We can create one for you or simply improve upon the one you already have. Your policy should outline a number of things, including:
- What the purpose of the policy is
- What is and isn’t allowed in the workplace
- Who gets tested
- The circumstances under which people get tested
- What kind of tests you’ll conduct
- What happens if they fail a test or refuse to take one
- How people are chosen at random
- What counts as reasonable suspicion
We can also help you with the following tasks:
- Collecting specimens and conducting all drug and alcohol testing
- Having all test results reviewed and verified by a Medical Review Officer (MRO)
- Training a Designated Employer Representative (DER)
- Managing random drug testing
If your business operates under the Department of Transportation (DOT), we will ensure you’re compliant with not only their laws, rules, and regulations but all of the requirements of your specific agency, as well. We work with businesses and owner-operators within the:
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
- Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
- United States Coast Guard (USCG)
- Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
- Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
- California Public Utilities Commission Program (PUC)
We know that the DOT’s laws change over time. That’s why US Drug Test Centers stays current on their requirements so that you don’t have to. We’ll make sure you’re always abiding by the DOT’s and your agency’s requirements.
Order your 10 panel drug test with expanded opiates today. Are you interested in another panel but don’t see it on our website? Simply contact us and we’ll tell you how we can customize a panel to fit your needs. Call us today for more information on our services.