Drug Testing At Home

Submitted by Medical Health Test Team on October 16, 2012

Drug consumption is a serious problem that affects many people across the world. Most drugs consumed by people tend to be addictive. An addiction to drugs is likely to affect the physical and mental state of the individual using drugs. Prolonged drug use affects the quality of neural processes as it tends to cause damage to various parts of the brain. Regular drug users may also suffer from heart trouble, liver trouble and kidney trouble. A person addicted to drugs is likely to go to any length in order to secure the next "fix" of drugs which makes him or her likely to be involved in some form of criminal activity. Possession, sale and consumption of most drugs are illegal all over the world.

Drug consumption amongst youngsters is a serious problem for parents to deal with. In order to begin the process of dealing with the problem, the use of drugs must first be established. This can be done using urine, saliva or hair samples from the child. In many cases, it is difficult to get a sample without alerting the youngster so hair samples are preferred as these could be accessed off the pillow.

Drug testing at home requires the purchase of a drug testing kit. There are standards in every country regarding the legitimacy and accuracy of such tests. The kit purchased should be approved by the approval agency concerned. There are many different drugs available on the street that can be accessed by users. A home drug test kit usually has several different stages to use in order to detect the different types of drugs being used. There is no single drug test that applies to all such substances. Many home drug test kits are available that analyze 5 or 6 different substances that are most commonly used by drug addicts. Testing can be simultaneous for all these substances or the test may have to be conducted one by one. When a urine sample is used, the quantity of the sample usually enough for a simultaneous drug test. Most home tests use reactive strips which, when in contact with drug chemicals, display a sign that can be read based on the guideline of the test as positive. It should be understood that home tests are not completely accurate. It should also be noted that if a person has simply tried a drug the result may still be positive even though there is no case of addiction.

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