13 Panel Drug Test
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
The Drugs of the 13 Panel Drug Test
Both buprenorphine and methadone are treatment drugs used for heroin and other opiate addictions, to help ease the symptoms of withdrawal. They can be used responsibly under the guidance of a physician, and if they are picked up on a
Buprenorphine can allow for a decreased dependence, lower misuse potential, and a much safer withdrawal profile. It was approved for clinical use by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in October of 2002. It’s the first medication that was permitted to be prescribed or dispensed in physician offices to treat opioid dependency. Buprenorphine is taken by placing the tablet under the tongue.
However, buprenorphine is an opioid itself and thus carries a high risk for addiction and dependence. On its own, it commonly causes respiratory problems when abused and can be life-threatening. The risk is even greater if it’s combined with other substances, like alcohol.
Methadone is an opioid used to treat the pain associated with tapering opioid dependence. It works with the brain and spinal cord to block the euphoria caused by using opiates such as heroin. Users report reduced cravings — withdrawal symptoms from substances that are derived directly from opium plants.
Methadone is used to decrease the chance of relapse. It allows addicts to avoid the physical and psychological highs and lows caused by changing levels of substances in the blood.
Phencyclidine, PCP, or angel dust, was used as an intravenous anesthetic that was discontinued due to the unpredictable side effects of confusion and delirium. It can cause memory loss, difficulties with learning behaviors and speech patterns, depression, and weight loss. In the purest form, it’s a crystalline white powder that is easily soluble in liquids with an indication of a distinct bitter chemical taste. It can vary in color and consistency, from off-white to dark brown in pigment, and can be a gummy mass, pill, tablet, capsule, or colorful powder. PCP can be smoked, snorted, ingested, and injected.
Popular drugs like marijuana, cocaine, and opiates are also tested for in the
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