Probation Drug Testing
If you are on probation it is more that you have required probation drug testing. This is common with Federal probation, County probation and drug courts. It commonly believed by legislators that criminal drug users’ cycle through the court, corrections, and probation systems might still be hooked on drugs and might still be committing crimes to support their habit. Probation drug testing can serve as a deterrent to continued drug use.
Probation drug testing started in the 1960’s as an part of treatment programs and as an aid in identifying heroin users in need of treatment and then monitoring their progress. Since then pretrial programs have inquired about drug use in their interviews of defendants, believing that such information is useful to judicial officers when setting conditions of release.
Probation drug testing programs vary across the United States. Programs often depend on your compliancy and trust with probation officer will determine how often he'll drug test you. If they are suspicious of you they will most likely drug test you every time you come in. If they trust you they may rarely drug test you.
If you are facing probation, it is important to stop any and all drug use if you are convicted of a crime. Probation is usually the result of a plea deal. The court may see a reason for faith and trusts in a second chance. The duty of a probation officer is to make sure you are successfully sticking to those guidelines and don’t return to the system. It’s important to be upfront and honest with your PO. If you develop a trusting relationship and are honestly trying to reform, the office must help not hinder.
What Tests Will Be Required?
Your probation officer will provide you guidance on what test you should order, or in most cases require what drug tests you need. The most common probation drug tests and or alcohol tests are:
A standard 5 panel drug urine test typically looks for cocaine, marijuana, PCP, amphetamines and opiates; alcohol is usually added to this panel for probation drug testing.
A standard 10 panel drug urine test typically looks for cocaine, marijuana, PCP, amphetamines, opiates, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, methadone, propoxyphene, & Quaaludes; alcohol is usually added to this panel for probation drug testing.
Expanded opiates testing can be added to either the standard 5 panel drug test or the standard 10 panel drug test. The expanded opiates will test for: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and oxymorphone. Trade names for these expanded opiate drugs include:
- Hydrocodone: Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab, Hycodan
- Hydromorphone: Dilaudid
- Oxycodone: Endocet, Endodan, Percocet, Percodan, OxyContin, OxyFast, OxyIR, Roxicet, Tylox
- Oxymorphone: Numorphan
Many of these drugs are abused to achieve a heroin-like euphoric high.
Random Drug Test Programs for Individuals on Probation
Individuals that have problems with the law or going through a divorce or child custody case are often required by courts to have random drug testing and/or random alcohol testing. Customer service representatives at US Drug Test Centers work with individuals all across the United States scheduling unannounced random drug or alcohol testing. Drug test centers for random drug testing are available in all areas of the United States.
So here is how it works. You get arrested for DUI and you go to court and get probation. The judge or probation officer orders weekly random drug testing and it must be unannounced. You need a company to schedule these tests or sometimes you have to call in every day and check you color status to see if you are required to test that day. At US Drug Test Centers we have customer service representatives standing by to take your order for your drug or alcohol test to have your specimen collected at any of our testing centers throughout the United States.
If you failed your court ordered test the odds of you being thrown back in jail are quite high, it is important to stay clean. In most cases, if you fail your first drug screen (The Baseline), you won’t be penalized assuming that the time frame of the test falls under certain guidelines of when you were notified of your testing requirements. But they will require that any further test shows a decrease in drug levels from that original ‘Baseline’ test. If your next test shows a higher level or new drug you will be penalized accordingly. Make sure your testing company can provide you with the levels of detection for a positive test.
When using US Drug Test Centers for your probation or court ordered drug testing, you can be confident that we will send results to your probation officer or court officer. We can also send you a copy of your results.
Random Color Code System
You are assigned a color and you must call in every day. A recorded message will you them know which colors have to report or a random drug or alcohol test. You must report that day without exception if your color is chosen. If you do not report for the drug or alcohol test, you will violate the terms of your probation.
What if I am on vacation and my color is chosen?
This is not a problem if you are in the United States as US Drug Test Centers operates testing centers in all areas. If you are leaving the country you must make arrangement with your probation officer.
My Probation Department Does Not Have a Color System
Often the probation leaves it up to you to find a random monitoring service. US Drug Test Centers can set up for you a random testing monitoring system. Basically on a random basis we can call you in the morning when you are required to test. Our internal system sets the dates that we call you. It is important that if we call you and you don’t report for testing that day, this is an automatic failure of reporting to test and can lead to you violating the terms of your probation.
US Drug Test Centers has the most comprehensive 5 and 10 panel drug tests on the market today.
Our 5 and 10 panel drug tests include additional specimen validity testing and also testing for methamphetamines, MDMA – ecstasy and 6-Acetylmorphine (6 AM) which is the metabolite of heroin.
It is very important that you ask the probation office or the court system what drug testing panel is required and whether alcohol testing is required. If alcohol testing is required ask specifically is it to be a urine alcohol test, a blood alcohol test or a breath alcohol test. For alcohol testing always ask if EtG alcohol testing is required. It is very important that you get very clear information as to what type of alcohol test is required.
Many times the court system or probation department will also require expanded opiates or testing for pain medications as part of the required drug test.
These expanded opiate tests can be ordered as follows:
5 panel drug urine test with expanded opiates typically looks for cocaine, marijuana, PCP, amphetamines and opiates (including heroin, codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and Oxycodone).
10 panel drug urine test with expanded opiates typically looks for cocaine, marijuana, PCP, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, methadone, propoxyphene, Quaaludes and (including heroin, codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and Oxycodone).
Hair Drug Testing
Probation drug testing may include hair follicle drug testing. You need hair on your head or on your arms or legs to be eligible for hair follicle drug testing. Some of our facilities will require head hair so please let our drug testing specialists know whether or not you have at least 1.5 inches of hair on your head.
US Drug Test Centers has the most comprehensive menu of hair follicle testing:
- HAIR TEST 5 PANEL - Amphetamines (Methamphetamine, Ecstasy, MDMA and MDA), Cocaine, Opiates (Codeine, Morphine, and Heroin), PCP & Marijuana.
- HAIR TEST 5 PANEL PLUS EXP OPIATES & OXY - Amphetamines, Cocaine, PCP, Marijuana and Opiates (Codeine, Morphine, Heroin, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, Oxymorphone).
- HAIR TEST 9 PANEL - Cocaine, Marijuana, Phencyclidine (PCP), Amphetamines, Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates, Methadone, Propoxyphene, Oxycodone & Opiates (including codeine, morphine, heroin, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone).
- HAIR TEST 12 PANEL - Cocaine, Marijuana, Phencyclidine (PCP), Amphetamines, Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates, Methadone, Propoxyphene, Tramadol, Meperidine, Oxycodone, & Opiates (including codeine, morphine, heroin, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone).
Who Can Benefit from drug or alcohol testing from US Drug Test Centers?
- Law Enforcement Agencies required drug and alcohol testing
- Last Chance Agreements required drug and alcohol testing
- Drug Court participants with requirements for drug and alcohol testing
- DUI and DWI Offenders required drug and alcohol testing
- Probation and Parole required drug and alcohol testing
At US Drug Test Centers we take very seriously your requests for probation drug and or alcohol tests. Our drug testing specialists will work with you carefully to provide exactly what you need. US Drug Test Centers are conveniently located in every city in the United States and getting your immediate drug or alcohol test is always quick and easy. Simply call 866-566-0261 to order your drug test today.