Like the court system, many local, state and federal welfare and Human Services departments can mandate a drug test if they deem it is necessary to prove an infraction and would cause the loss of benefits to any individual that fails a drug or foreign substance abuse.
Social service agencies can require a drug, alcohol or substance testing if they feel it jeopardizes the welfare of the individual, their family or coworkers where drug use would be a cause for further legal interaction and the loss of benefits to the individual if the testing proves positive.
The cases often include the welfare of children as they relate to a beneficiary of local, state or federal disbursement of food stamps, child and day care services and other benefits.
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All agencies deem the welfare of the child to be the most important factor in whether it’s the safety of the child environment, the use of drugs by the child’s court awarded or legal guardian and where criminal activity would warrant Child Protective Service becoming involved in the case. Where safety of the child is at stake any infringement of the welfare of the child would be cause for concern. MD Toxicology can provide accurate and reliable testing for both passive and results that help determine how any substance plays a part in the safety of the child. This accurate data allows social services and the courts to determine if a child’s environment is drug free. Legal officials turn to passive exposure testing to determine a child’s safety or the presence of drugs in his or her environment. Passive exposure drug testing results indicate indirect exposure to a drug. The results can show experiences of one or more of the following situations:
Studies by the National Institute on Drug Abuse show that although drug and alcohol abuse has declined doesn’t change the fact that alarming numbers of teenagers are using drugs. Sadly, some are using drugs as a means of influencing behavior on their friends, many times unknowing to them.
Unlike their parents, today’s teenagers are experimenting with newer drugs or harmful substances that are masked by pleasurable experience they may get. They are using prescription drugs, often from their parents medicine cabinets, new designer and synthetic drugs, some of which can cause death. They are unaware of the harmful effects that moderate or prolonged use can have on their overall health.
Marijuana is the one drug that has shown no signs of declined use. Use of marijuana remained steady among 8th graders at 6.5 percent, among 10th graders at 16.6 percent, and among 12th graders at 21.2 percent. Close to 6 percent of 12th graders report daily use of marijuana.
Urine analysis is primarily used because of its low cost. Urine drug testing is one of the most common testing methods used. The enzyme-multiplied immune test is the most frequently used urinalysis. Complaints have been made about the relatively high rates of false positives using this test.
Urine drug tests screen the urine for the presence of a parent drug or its metabolites. The level of drug or its metabolites is not predictive of when the drug was taken or how much the patient used.
Rather, it is simply a confirmatory report indicating the presence of the parent drug or its metabolites.
A 5-panel test is the most common workplace drug test. It is used by local, state and federal companies and government agencies including the DOT. It tests for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates(Heroine) and phencyclidine (PCP).
Common pain medications such as codeine, morphine and oxycodone are also tested in the opiate category.
The 10 panel drug test is used by private employers. Non-union companies can require their employees to take this type of test, while union based companies must work the unions to show grounds for reasonable suspicion.
This test screens a total of 10 drugs. It allows an employer to determine the health status of new and existing employees.
Flunitrazepam, also known as Rohypnol among others, is used as an hypnotic, sedative, anticonvulsant, anxiolytic, and skeletal muscle relaxant drug. In general, the prescription of flunitrazepam as a hypnotic is intended to be for short-term treatment of chronic or severe insomniacs not responsive to other hypnotics, especially in inpatients. Rohypnol has been referred to as a date rape drug even though its incidence is very rare in cases that have been reported.
GHB or Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (C4H8O3) is a depressant that is commonly referred to as a “club drug” or “date rape” drug. GHB is abused by teens and young adults at bars, parties, clubs and “raves” (all night dance parties), and is often placed in alcoholic beverages. Euphoria, increased sex drive, and tranquility are reported positive effects of GHB abuse. GHB is known to show sweating, loss of consciousness, nausea, hallucinations, amnesia, and coma, among other adverse effects.