Clearing of drug screening test has become an essential requirement for certain jobs as it is a routine part of pre-employment drug testing,some organizations go for periodical random drug testing of their employees. Drug testing are also done in hospitals and rehab centers to detect the drug levels in the patients system. Drug testing are also done in autopsies in case of death due to drug or toxins. A drug screening test is an analysis of biological specimen like urine,blood,saliva,sweat and hair.
A 10 panel drug test is one of the most common,convenient and inexpensive way of drug detection method,as it can be done in the convenience of your home and it provides the result within 3-8 minutes of the test.It has become a valuable tool for medical facilities and law enforcing bodies in the fight against drugs.
What is 10 panel drug test?
As the name suggests the 10 panel drug test detects the presence of 10 different types of drug in the urine that are most commonly involved in drug abuse cases. The 10 panel drug test detects the drug traces in urine. Drugs that are targeted in the test are
- Cocaine (COC)
- Amphetamine (AMP)
- Methamphetamine (M-AMP)
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
- Methadone (MTD)
- Opiates (OPI)
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
- Barbiturates (BAR)
- Benzodiazepines (BZD)
- Oxycodone (OXY)
Apart from detecting these drugs it also detects the presence of metabolites of drugs in urine. The 10 panel drug test kit are very easy to use,if manufacturer’s instructions are followed carefully as mentioned on the kit. This method has also been adopted widely by schools and collages as a part of anti drug campaign.
How does this drug test work?
A 10 panel drug test kit comes in various types but basically consisting of a monitoring device with some strips or as some companies called them ‘test wicks’ and a container to collect the urine sample. If the kit does not have a container a clean sanitized container(preferable made of glass) should be used.
- First a sample of fresh urine is to be collected in the container.
- Dip the test strips/wicks in the urine sample for 20-30 seconds.
- Wait for 3-8 minutes for the test result as some drug results take longer to apper.
Reading the drug test results
The drug test strips have a region marked as C for control region and T for test region. After taking the test the control region must have a dark line,else the test is considered as invalid. If there is no dark line in the test region the result is positive. But ,if there is a dark line in the test region of the test strip the drug result is negative meaning you have successfully passed the 10 panel drug test.
- For a accurate reading always check for the expire date of the kit before opening.
- Be careful to dip only the strip and not the device.
- The seal of the kit is to be opened just before taking the test.
- Do not touch the part of the strip that is to be dipped.
- Dip the strip as soon as it is exposed for no more than 30 seconds.