Just as the doctor’s official prescription drugs, psychotropic substances, and drugs also have a duration of how long they can “stay” in the body after the first consumption. The more and longer a substance can survive in the body, the stronger and long-lasting effects of the drug. This is what underlies the conduct of urine tests and blood tests by the authorities to potential drug user suspects, or even to prospective employees/students in related institutions. Aside from that, perhaps you want to know more about what to look for in an addiction treatment center as well.
It’s because the urine and blood tests can tell them whether you are an active user or not – including the type of drug used. You can pass the test if the results of the test are negative, which means no drugs are found in your system. Have you ever thought about how long drugs in urine and blood will last?
A urine test is not always for detecting positive drugs user
Tests to check drug levels in the body are called toxicology tests or toxicology screening. A toxicology test is carried out to check for the presence of drugs or chemicals such as drugs in urine, blood, and saliva.
As you already know, drugs such as drugs can enter the body’s system by being swallowed, inhaled, injected, or absorbed through the skin. Tests can also be done on the contents of the stomach and sweat. But the latter two are very rarely done.
A toxicology test can recognize up to 30 different types of drugs in one test. The type of medication is not limited to narcotics groups only. The toxicology test can also detect official drugs for medical treatment, such as aspirin, vitamins, supplements, and even detect blood alcohol content.
The toxicological screening will be carried out for several purposes such as the following:
For research purposes, for example, to find out whether an overdose of certain drugs can cause life-threatening symptoms, loss of consciousness to strange behavior. Usually, this is done in 4 days after the drug is eaten.
To see the use of illegal drugs that can improve athletes’ abilities, such as steroids.
To check drug use in the workplace or for the recruitment process.