Importance of Urine Analysis In Drug Test

Can urine be useful in analyzing drugs?


With increasing drug abusing population day by day, it is very much necessary to identify the drug abusers and make them stay away from harmful drugs of abuse. Drug testing helps in detecting the drug abusers by tracing the elevated levels of illicit drugs and their metabolites in the specimen provided. There are many types of drug testing methods which use samples like urine, blood, hair, saliva or sweat for detecting the drug concentration.

Of them, urine tests are commonly used for detecting the drug abusers as they are inexpensive, easy to handle, provide quick results and less intrusive (compared to blood tests). Urine drug testing is generally used to evaluate the recent illicit drug abuse. It is a process of chemical analysis designed to test the suspect using urine sample. With the scientific advancement in drug testing methods, there is a rapid development in commercial urine testing kits which are often reliable and inexpensive (generally cost around $2 to $10).

Can detect drugs like alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines etc.
Urine testing kits available today can detect different types of illicit drugs of abuse. Some of the common drugs that can be detected using urine tests are alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, benzodiazepines, ecstasy, methadone etc.

When a drug is smoked or taken intravenously, it gets absorbed into the body and its excretion in urine begins almost instantaneously. Detection of a drug in the urine is mostly dependent on the detection period and will differ from drug to drug. For example, alcohol in urine can be detected between 6 to 24 hours. Marijuana use can be detected in urine between 2 to 3 days (in habitual user, it can be detected up to 30 days); Cocaine – 4 to 5 days; amphetamines – 1 to 4 days and heroin – 2 to 4 days.

Can check for multiple drugs with multi-panel kits
Urine drug tests can detect the elevated levels of a single drug as well as a combination of drugs. Today, multi-panel test kits are available in the market, which can detect a number of drugs at a shot with a single urine sample. Multi-panel urine test kits are easy to use and provide accurate results. They provide results within minutes which are very easy to read. Multi Panel urine testing kits detect commonly abused drugs such as Cocaine, Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, Marijuana(THC), Methadone, Opiates, Phencyclidine, Barbiturate, Benzodiazepine, Tricyclics, Propoxyphene, and Oxycodone in urine. They can detect the presence of up to 12 drugs in urine in a single attempt.

Can be easily used at homes, schools, and workplaces
The ease of use and accurate results in minutes made urine testing kits more popular for use in homes, schools, and workplaces. Employers can use urine test kits to detect employees at various levels, such as pre-employment testing – before offering appointment letter to the candidate, makes sure that only drug free employees enter the organization; random testing – to identify current drug abusing employees by conducting drug tests randomly by picking one or two employees to take test; post-accident testing – to check whether the drug or alcohol abuse is the main reason behind the accident at workplace.

Similarly, schools can use urine tests to detect the drug-abusing students by conducting scheduled and random tests. Parents, in order to make sure that their kids stay away from drugs, can use these tests at the comforts of their home.

Drug testing helps to identify the drug abusers at homes, schools, and workplaces. Therefore, it is very necessary for the concerned people to perform urine testing, which is considered as an easy, convenient, and reliable testing method.

Source by Nate Rodnay