Posts Tagged ‘drug test’

What does a 10-panel drug test include?

December 19, 2014 12 comments

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.

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How Does Hair Drug Testing Work?

When most people think of collecting specimens for drug screens, urine testing likely comes to mind.

This isn’t the only method used in drug tests, however. Hair drug testing is another way to monitor your employees for drug use.

How does hair drug testing work, and why is it a preferred method for many employers? ARCpoint Labs of Worcester is here to share the details.

Hair Drug Testing

How can hair reveal drug use?

When drugs are consumed, they begin to circulate in the bloodstream, which in turn provides nourishment to the hair strands. Because of this, trace amounts of drug metabolites can be found in hair even as it grows.

How is hair drug testing conducted?Worcester | Hair Drug Testing

In hair drug testing, around 150 strands of hair are collected. If a participant doesn’t have head hair, strands from other part of the body can be collected. When head hair can be used, the 1 1/2 inches of hair closest to the scalp is analyzed.

What is the detection window for hair drug testing?

After 10 days of growth, a hair drug test can detect substances. On average, hair growth is 1/2 inch per month. Thus, drug use can be discovered through hair tests from 10 to 90 days.

What drugs do hair drug tests detect?

The most common hair drug tests are 5-panel, which include marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine, PCP, and opiates. Other options include 5-panel plus expanded opiates that tests for synthetic opiates and the 14-panel which adds prescription drugs.

Accurate Hair Drug TestING AT ARCpoint Labs of WORCESTER

When your company needs affordable, accurate drug tests, try the hair drug testing by ARCpoint Labs of Worcester. We can be your company’s resource for all your drug testing needs, including hair drug tests that reveal a longer period of substance abuse.

To learn more about hair drug testing or our services, call ARCpoint Labs of Worcester today at (774) 314-9551.

Massachusetts Facing a Heroin Epidemic? Heroin Use on the Rise

Take a cursory glance at any newspaper or the nightly news in Massachusetts, and you’ll see a trend emerging: more and more, heroin use appears to be on the rise in our state. Heroin-related overdoses, drug busts, and arrests have seemingly increased over the past year, and even in the past few months.

The problem isn’t unique to the Bay State — nationwide, heroin use is increasing — but public officials and law enforcement in Massachusetts are growing concerned about the drug and prescription opiates in our state specifically.

Just how prevalent is heroin use in Massachusetts, and why should we be worried? Here are the details.

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Drug-Free Workplace Policies Mandated in New Hampshire: Will Massachusetts Follow Suit?

New Hampshire recently made headlines for a drug testing law passed by the New Hampshire House of Representatives that would be the first of its kind in the United States. Passing with a vote of 289 to 48 on January 22, 2014, the measure — H.B. 597-FN — would mandate that all licensed health care providers and facilities would maintain a drug-free workplace through mandatory drug testing.

What exactly does the law entail, and what are its potential impacts on Massachusetts businesses? Here’s more on New Hampshire’s drug testing bill.

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5 Medical Effects of Drug Abuse

You might know that drug abuse can cause emotional volatility, unproductively, and overall increased health risks, but have you ever explored the more specific medical effects of drug abuse?

There are a number of diseases and medical conditions related to illegal and prescription drug abuse, and many of them might surprise you. Here are just a few medical effects of drug abuse:

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Massachusetts Senate Studying Statewide Drug Addiction

January 27, 2014 3 comments

Since 1999, Massachusetts has experienced a 47% increase in overdose deaths statewide. According to Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray of the Plymouth and Barnstable districts, this increase is indicative of an overall drug addiction epidemic in the state — particularly opiate addiction, including prescription drug abuse.

In response, the Massachusetts Senate announced the formation of a special committee focusing on drug addiction and treatment, to be chaired by Leominster representative Jennifer Flanagan. Here are some of the aspects of drug addiction in Massachusetts that the Senate plans to probe.

Drug Addiction in Massachusetts

Section 35 & Detox from Drug Addiction

Worcester | Massachusetts Senate Studying Statewide Drug AddictionThe goal of the committee’s investigation is to review the total cycle of drug addiction, including the detoxification and treatment process. Under Massachusetts’ current Section 35, courts are permitted to commit addicts to 90 days of treatment for drug addiction including a detox process.

The issue with Section 35, Murray says, is that it may not be as effective as lawmakers intended, partially because many of the patients admitted for drug addiction are released after only 30 days. Even after state-mandated treatment and detoxification, many people return to drug addiction. The committee hopes that they can find ways to improve drug addiction treatment in Massachusetts by studying the current process and making pointed recommendations.

Shortage of Treatment Beds

Another issue with Section 35 and drug addiction treatment in Massachusetts? The shortage of treatment beds for those enrolled in drug addiction and detoxification programs. At times, judges have even had to make emergency rooms provide detox beds due to the shortage, causing congestion at local hospitals.

Stopping Drug Suppliers

With the highest number of heroin users in all of New England, Massachusetts seems to be a hub for drug addiction, particularly opiates. Murray hopes that the Senate committee can identify ways to work with neighboring states like New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, and Rhode Island to stop the interstate flow of drugs. Limiting the supply of opiates should help stem Massachusetts’ drug addiction problem.

Senate Recommendations

Though the committee is not dedicated to a particular timetable, Murray says its suggestions for drug addiction treatment in Massachusetts could be tacked onto May’s Senate budget or presented as stand-alone legislation. We will keep you updated on the committee’s findings and recommendations as they are released.

Drug Addiction in Your Workplace?

Are you worried about drug addiction in your workplace? ARCpoint Labs of Worcester, MA  provides quick, reliable workplace drug testing, including pre-employment screening, random testing, post-accident testing, and reasonable suspicion drug testing. We also specialize in developing and implementing workplace drug testing policies.

Call us today at (774) 314-9551 to get your workplace drug testing up and running!

The Physical & Mental Effects of Steroids

January 21, 2014 1 comment

With Alex Rodriguez‘s lawsuit against Major League Baseball filed on Monday, January 13, 2014, illegal steroid use is once again a topic of public conversation. If you’re an athlete who is taking steroids or considering starting, it’s important to understand the effects of steroids, both mental and physical.

What are Steroids?

Anabolic steroids are the type commonly abused by athletes and others. They are synthetic types of testosterone, the male hormone that both men and women (to a lesser extent) naturally produce. Anabolic steroids are prescribed as treatment for medical conditions like muscle wasting in AIDs, loss of testicular function, and delayed puberty. Doctors are not permitted to prescribe anabolic steroids for performance-enhancing purposes — and taking anabolic steroids without a prescription is illegal.

The Effects of Steroids

Our hormones control our body’s basic functions — which means that unnecessarily adding more testosterone to your system can throw off the balance of hormones and have a wide range of effects throughout your body. Some effects of steroids will be experienced by all steroid abusers, while others are specific to certain sexes and age groups.

Physical Effects of Steroids: MenWorcester, MA | The Physical & Mental Effects of Steroids

A man using performance-enhancing drugs may experience the following effects of steroids:

  • Impotence
  • Decreasing sperm count
  • Infertility
  • Painful erections
  • Development of breasts
  • Shrinking testicles

Physical Effects of Steroids: Women

The effects of steroids on women are as follows:

  • Reduced breast size
  • Rapid growth of face & body hair
  • Deepening of the voice
  • Irregularities in menstrual cycle
  • Enlarged clitoris

Physical Effects of Steroids: Men & Women

These physical effects of steroids may be experienced by both male and female abusers:

  • Balding
  • Oily skin & scalp
  • Heart attack
  • Yellowing of the skin (jaundice)
  • Acne
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Weakened immune system
  • High levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol
  • Enlarged heart
  • Increased risk of liver disease or cancer
  • Tendon rupture & less joint flexibility

Physical Effects of Steroids: Teenagers

In teens, the following physical effects of steroids may manifest:

  • Slowing bone growth, leading to short height
  • In girls: long-term masculinization

Mental Effects of Steroids

The effects of steroids aren’t just limited to the medical and physical — there are also mental repercussions to steroid abuse, such as:

  • Frequent, severe mood swings ranging from depression to intense rage
  • Violent behaviors
  • Feelings of paranoia, edginess, & impatience
  • Delusions
  • Obsessive behavior relating to body image, exercising, & dieting

Beyond these psychological effects of steroids, they can have a direct effect on a career, too — since the use of performance-enhancing drugs is illegal, athletes can be suspended and eventually terminated for anabolic steroid abuse.

Notice the Effects of Steroids in Someone?

If you have noticed a pattern of the above symptoms in someone you know, they could be abusing anabolic steroids. Recognizing the effects of steroids isn’t enough — when you suspect an athlete of steroid use, it’s important to have them tested for steroids, especially if they are a teenager. If you catch abuse early, you can prevent the physical and mental effects of steroids from fully taking hold.

You can get quick, reliable steroid testing in Worcester, MA at ARCpoint Labs. Call (774) 314-9551 or contact ARCpoint Labs of Worcester today to learn more about the effects of steroids or our steroid testing services.