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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 abuse of prescription medications and hallucinogens.

What does a 10-panel drug test include, and why should employers use it for workplace drug testing? Here’s the information you need.

The 411 on 10-Panel Drug Tests

What Does a 10-panel Drug Test Include?

Like the 5-panel drug test, a 10-panel drug test can identify if the following drugs are in someone’s system:

  1. cocaine
  2. amphetamines (speed)
  3. methamphetamines (meth)
  4. tetrahydrocannabinol (marijuana)
  5. methadone

But in addition to the 5 drugs above, the 10-panel drug test will also identify the following substances:10_panel_drug_test

  1. opiates (opium, heroine, morphine, fentanyl, hydrocodone and oxycodone)
  2. phencyclidine (PCP, Angel Dust)
  3. barbiturates (downers)
  4. benzodiazepines (benzos, downers, nerve pills, tranks)
  5. tricyclic antidepressants

Both 5-panel and 10-panel drug tests are urine tests that can yield negative results within minutes, while non-negative results will take about 3-5 days. Since ARCpoint Labs of Worcester works with a certified Medical Review Officer to investigate all non-negative results, employers (and workers!) can rest easy knowing that if a positive result is triggered by use of a legally-prescribed medication, it will be identified and noted as a negative.

Should My Workplace Use a 10-Panel Drug Test?

If you’re wondering why you should consider a 5-panel or 10-panel drug test for your workplace drug testing program, you’re not alone.

Too often, we see employers opt for the 5-panel drug test, assuming they need a bare bones screening to keep their workplace drug-free. Usually, those in safety-sensitive industries, like law enforcement agencies, academic institutions, the financial sector, and health care opt for 10-panel tests. This makes sense, because these employees are in high-stress positions that lend themselves to addiction, plus they are often in charge of the security and wellbeing of others, so no one wants their judgment to be clouded by substance abuse. And in the case of medical professionals, they have access to highly-addictive prescription medications that a 10-panel drug test can identify.

However, just because your employees don’t have access to medications at work doesn’t mean they can’t get their hands on prescription drugs (including the opiates, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and antidepressants a 10-panel drug test catches). After all, doctors are the #1 supplier for prescription drug abusers, and friends and family members can turn into unwitting drug dealers when they allow users masking their addictions to take medications. Since prescription drug abuse is a growing concern in Worcester and nationwide, and has even led to an opiate crisis in our community, it’s a good idea for Massachusetts employers to use 10-panel drug tests that can catch prescription drug abuse.

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.

ARCpoint Labs of Worcester can work with your business to determine what panels are best for your drug testing program. Call us today at (774) 314-9551 to get started!

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 7, 2012. It has been refreshed to reflect the most current, accurate information and drug use trends as of December 2014.

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  1. August 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    That seems like in covers most things I can think of. What is a popular drug that it does not cover other than synthetic drugs?

    • chris
      February 11, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      The common hallucinogenics (mushrooms, acid etc.) are not on this list.

  2. D
    December 18, 2012 at 11:07 am

    This is wrong… Opioids and Opiates are different and are tested as such. Typically most 5 and 10 panels will show non-synthetic analgesics like heroin,morphine, etc….but not the synthetic Opioids such as Oxycontin, Hydro, etc…. Opioids need to have their own testing strip (usually found on a 12 panel) because they don’t break down the same as Opiates.

  3. matt
    September 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I have to wonder if muscle relaxers like Flexeril and Soma fall into either barbs or benzos. Apparently Soma has recreational value, but i’m unsure about Flexeril. Got answers??

  4. Jo
    October 1, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Do they check gender?

  5. k
    October 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    would a 10 panel test show suboxone? a good friend of mine is having a test for work and he is worried it may show suboxone but i thought that suboxone along with opioids have their own testing strip and would only show if asked for or specified.

    • Joseph Blow
      January 5, 2014 at 4:39 am

      In June of 2012 I failed a urine test for buprenorphine at the office of my probation officer. I forget how many panels the test had total, but buprenorphine had its OWN PANEL. In fact, he mentioned it by name after reading the results on the spot. So it IS possible to detect quickly, but it just depends what kind of test you are taking.

  6. J
    December 11, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    D, you said this is wrong. Does methadone show up on a 10 panel drug test? or is it on a 12 panel test?

  7. amanda
    January 9, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Ty for breaking down the ten panel for me. I wasn’t due what it included.

  8. Bub
    April 27, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Does it differentiate between opiates? For instance, heroin vs oxycodone or codeine?

  9. Jay Soto
    July 9, 2014 at 4:05 am

    i just drank alchocal 10hrs before having to drop for my probation officer. will i show up dirty?

  10. Chris
    July 9, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    My drug test shows Amphetamines because I take Adderall. The test also shows Methamphetamines which I have never used. The amount methamphetamines are exactly ½ of the Adderall. Is it possible that test can have false data? I have spoken with my Psychiatrist & he believes it is an error as well. Any information or input will be greatly appreciated.

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