Toxicology Testing

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Toxicology Testing determines the amount and type of a drug that a person may have consumed. This can be a legal or an illegal drug. Toxicology testing is used to screen for drug abuse, to detect a drug abuse problem, or to assess the instance of drug overdose.

Toxicology Testing is a quick process. Mostly it is carried out using a blood or a urine sample. In other cases, a hair sample or a sample of the saliva may be taken. The results can show the presence of just one or multiple drugs at once. To determine the exact amount of a certain drug in the body can be done by further testing.
Toxicology Testing

Types of Toxicology Tests

Toxicology testing can be of four primary types:
Medical Testing
Employment Drug Testing
Forensic Assessment
Athletics Testing

Preparing for Toxicology Testing

For a toxicology screen, no special preparation is required. It is, however, important to inform the physician or lab staff about any prescription and over-the-counter medication that you might be on. This is primarily due to the fact that certain medications can interfere with the test results.

Why is Toxicology Testing performed?

Toxicology testing can be performed for different reasons. It is often requested to assess if a person has consumed medication that could potentially harm their health. A person may be asked to get a Toxicology Test if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Celiriousness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Panic disorders
  • Breathing difficulties, vomiting, and seizures

These signs typically point to drug overdose or intoxication.

Employers can also request a toxicology test who want to make sure that their employees and staff are not using illicit substances. It might also be a step required in the hiring process for certain positions. To rule out the possibility of the usage of performance- enhancing steroids, athletes can also be tested using Toxicology Testing.

What does a Toxicology test Detect?

Through toxicology testing, multiple substances can be identified. Some common drug categories that can be detected are as follows:

  • Alcohol, including ethanol and methanol
  • Amphetamines, such as Adderall
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Methadone
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates, including codeine,
  • Oxycodone, and heroin
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

What Does Toxicology Test Results Mean?

The results of a toxicology test are shown as positive or negative. They often provide limited information as to how often a person has taken a drug. If a person has a drug or multiple drugs present in their body, the result will be positive. After this, the doctor may request further screening to identify the amount of the drug present.

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