What does a 10-panel drug test include?
Last week we gave you the scoop on what a 5-panel drug test involved. And you might or might not know, but there is such thing as a 10-panel drug test. In addition to testing the “traditional” drugs through a 5-panel, the 10-panel drug test dives in even deeper to look for substance abuse. It’s still a urine test, but it provides deeper insight into drug use. The nice thing is like the 5-panel, negative results can be returned within minutes. Non-negative results will take about 3-5 days.
While anyone can request a 10-panel drug test, we mostly see those in law enforcement and workplaces use these panels, especially in legal cases, injury suits and those in situations where employees much be trusted with safety and security, such as schools and financial institutions. Workplaces that employ health care professionals may also lean on 10-panel drug tests to determine cases of fraud or employees are staying clear of substance abuse.
What does a 10-panel drug test look for?
Here are the substances tested via a 10-panel drug test:
- amphetamines (speed)
- methamphetamines (meth)
- tetrahydrocannabinol (marijuana)
- opiates (opium, heroine, morphine, fentanyl, hydrocodone and oxycodone)
- phencyclidine (PCP, Angel Dust)
- barbiturates (downers)
- benzodiazepines (benzos, downers, nerve pills, tranks)
- tricyclic antidepressants
What a 10-panel does NOT test
While the 10-panel is a pretty comprehensive drug test, it’s important to remember that, like the 5-panel, it WILL NOT indicate synthetic drug use. Bath salts and fake pot must be tested on a unique drug test designed specifically to pick up fake drug compounds. In addition, a drug test will also NOT indicate alcohol use; a breath alcohol test or other method of evaluating alcohol use may be needed.