The 16 panel drug test screens for:
In the 16 panel drug test, meperidine is of particular interest because the drug — used to treat moderate to severe pain — is typically injected by a doctor. Sometimes, an individual will be permitted to take it home to use under the guidance of a health professional. This is usually the only legal application of the substance. It works in the nervous system to help decrease pain. Other uses include supporting anesthesia, pain relief during delivery of babies, or other pain-induced conditions.
Tramadol, an opioid pain medication, is concerning because although it can be used to treat moderate to severe pain, it’s 100% manmade and carries a high risk for addiction and physical dependence. It can cause hallucinations, vomiting, fainting, rapid heart rate, and seizures and has recently been found to be more dangerous than originally anticipated.
MDMA is more commonly known as ecstasy or molly. It’s a synthetic drug that alters the user’s mood and perception of surrounding objects and conditions. MDMA was initially popular in the nightclub scene and raves — all-night dance parties. It’s usually taken as a capsule or tablet, though there are cases of liquid and powder form that are swallowed or snorted.
One of the biggest risks that MDMA presents is that it can contain other drugs in addition to MDMA, such as cocaine, caffeine, opiates, ketamine, methamphetamines, over-the-counter cough medicine, or synthetic cathinone (also known as bath salts). This becomes dangerous when the user doesn’t know what they are taking, as well as the combined effects with the MDMA.
If combined with marijuana and alcohol, there are much greater health risks, with death as a very real possibility. Ecstasy, one of the types of MDMA, contains hallucinogens, which are drugs that act on the mind and cause users to see or feel things that aren’t there. It’s emotionally damaging and can cause depression, confusion, severe anxiety, paranoia, and other psychological issues.
MDMA was first synthesized in 1912 by Anton Kollisch, Merck chemist. It was briefly entertained as a therapy treatment but was quickly dismissed and made a Schedule 1 substance in the United States in 1970.
If anyone on your staff is abusing these substances in any way, the cost could be severe for you as the employer. You will pay for their substance abuse in lost productivity, increased absences, a higher employee turnover rate, increased workers compensation claims, accidents on the job, and even crime.
Furthermore, drug use at work can pose a serious danger to other members of your team. Each year, employers lose billions of dollars to drug use in their workplace. Make sure your workplace is protected. US Drug Test Centers can help. Order a drug test online or call us today to ask how we can help you maintain a drug-free work environment.