According to National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) 2009 report, among the total 19.
3 million current illicit drug users aged 18 or older, around 67 percent (12.
9 million) were employed either full or part time.
Common drugs of abuse Millions of people in US are abusing some kind of illicit drugs.
Some of the common drugs of abuse are:
- Marijuana - Psychoactive drug
- Cocaine - Stimulant
- Amphetamine - Stimulant
- Opiates - Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants and narcotic analgesics
- Phencyclidine - Hallucinogen and dissociative drug
- Methamphetamine - Stimulant
The above mentioned drugs used by employees produce different intoxication effects such as euphoria, slow thinking and reaction time, confusion, poor concentration, impaired coordination, judgment, memory etc.
This results in workplace accidents which may lead to severe injuries or death of the abusers or the other employees.
Drug abuse at workplace also results in absenteeism, lack of attention, personality changes etc.
, which ultimately lead to decrease in productivity at workplace.
Hence, it is important to detect the drug abusers using random drug testing at workplace regularly.
Today, there are many types of testing kits available in the market to detect the drug abusing employees.
One of the preferred drug testing kits is 5 panel test kit.
Advantages of using 5 panel test kits at workplace The 5 panel drug test kits are used for testing drug abusers, who abuse the most common drugs of abuse at workplace.
It is very simple to administer, easy to use, reliable, saves time and also detects the presence of multiple drugs.
It is a simple dip and read test designed to detect illicit drug components in urine.
One can get instantaneous results using this kit.
This kit gives 95 to 98 percent accurate results.
The cutoffs in these kits are set to the levels of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
The other major benefits of 5 panel test kits are: Cost effective The 5 panel drug test kits are cost effective, which generally will be available for a few dollars only.
One can detect 5 drugs with a single sample in the first attempt itself.
Lot of money can be saved as there is no need of testing for each and every drug.
They are very much useful in drug testing at workplaces.
Simple and easy to use Anyone can use this 5 panel drug test kits, as they are simple and user friendly.
Anyone can easily follow the step by step procedure as mentioned in the kit and there is also no requirement of the additional equipments to use it.
They are available either in the form of test cards or test cups.
They are beneficial both for on-site and off-site testing.
Check for multiple drug tests The 5 panel drug test kits are very much useful in detecting 5 major drugs of abuse at a time.
Results can be obtained within few minutes after the conduction of the test.
Only one sample is used to test the presence of multiple drugs such as Marijuana, Cocaine, Amphetamine, Opiates, Phencyclidine, Methamphetamine, Methadone, Barbiturate, Benzodiazepine, and Ecstasy in urine sample.
Constant check on the employees will protect both the employers and employees from the potentially devastating consequences of drug abuse.
Detecting drug abusers and educating them about the dangers of drug abuse, deters them from using these harmful drugs.
Drug testing is always associated with smart and safety strategies at the workplace to enhance the productivity of an individual as well as the organization.