Toxicology tests are conducted to check a person for the consumption of drugs, by collecting and analyzing samples of their blood, urine and in a few cases, sweat, saliva and even the contents of one's stomach. A urine toxicology test is used to check for the presence of drugs, using only urine samples. Drugs can be ingested by a person in different ways. The tests could confirm the use of prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, supplements and steroids and illegal drugs. This test can check a sample for up to thirty various drugs, at the same time. A urine toxicology test is the most preferable toxicology test, as urine samples are much easier to obtain and test, than blood samples. Moreover, the traces of drugs show up in urine for a longer period, as compared to blood. However, for most accurate results, it is best for the test to be carried out, within four days (ninety six hours) after the drugs have been taken.
This test could be carried out by employers, to rule out any possibilities of drugs being used by their employees, especially those people who work in areas involving public safety like childcare workers, bus drivers, and so on. At some places a toxicology test could be a part of the routine hiring procedure. These tests are also used to test athletes who are suspected of using drugs to enhance their performance. Toxicology tests can even be used on date rape victims, to explore the possible use of drugs. Urine samples are normally used for these tests.
While there is no particular preparation that is required (or even possible) for a toxicology test, it is important to note that the use of certain medicines may alter the toxicology test results. Incase you are scheduled to take a urine toxicology test, make sure that you inform your doctor about any prescription and nonprescription medicines that you have taken. In fact, you could make a list comprising all medication, vitamins, supplements (even herbal ones) or any other substances that you have taken in the last 4 days. Before you take the test, you will also be asked to sign a consent form, which states that you are aware of the possible risks of the toxicology test, have understood them and agree to have the test done. If you have any concerns or queries about the test, it is best to get it clarified by talking to your doctor.
Submitted by N on April 1, 2010 at 06:14