General Frequently Asked Questions


What is a 5-panel drug test?

The 5-panel drug test includes the five most common drugs of abuse and the five drug classes mandated for testing by the Federal Government are the following:


  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines (including methamphetamines and ecstasy)
  • Opiates (codeine, morphine & 6-monoacteyl morphine)

What is a 10-panel drug test?

A more comprehensive 10-panel test screens for the following drugs:


  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • PCP
  • Amphetamines
  • Methamphetamines and ecstasy
  • Opiates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Oxycodone
  • TCA (tricyclic antidepressants)

What does Chain of Custody mean during the testing process?

Chain of custody is a legal term that refers to the ability to guarantee the identity and integrity of the sample from collection through reporting the test results. It refers to the chronological documentation, and/or paper trail, showing the seizure, custody, control, transfer, analysis, and disposition of evidence , physical or electronic. Because evidence can be used in court to convict persons of crimes, it must be handled in a scrupulously careful manner to avoid later allegations of tampering or misconduct which can compromise the case of the prosecution toward acquittal or to overturning a guilty verdict upon appeal. The idea behind recording the chain of custody is to establish that the alleged evidence is in fact related to the alleged crime - rather than, for example, having been planted fraudulently to make someone appear guilty.


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