Knowledge is power!
Taking steps to understand the drug testing process empowers parents to handle difficult situations with their children. There are different types of tests used to accomplish one goal - to keep your child drug-free. The only accurate, reliable, court-defensible tests are urine and hair tests. Using these types of tests will let you know your child's usage, and how to decide which treatment, if any, is needed.
Urine is the best test for determining the most recent drug usage of your child because most substances are out of the body within a few days except marijuana. Hair testing determines whether they are just experimenting or a regular user. A positive result with a hair test dispels the hope that your child did only try it once! This test is often referred to as a lifestyle test because it provides a long-term view of drug usage (as far back as 2 years); however it will not tell you the most recent drug usage.
The five most common drugs of abuse which are tested for in the 5-panel drug test are marijuana, cocaine, PCP, amphetamines (including methamphetamines and ecstasy), and opiates. Our urine test includes testing for these additional drugs: barbiturates, benzodiazepines, oxycodone and TcA (tricyclic antidepressants).
Initial drug testing allows parents to form a baseline of usage and is important to protect your child and their well-being.