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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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Top Drugs Teens Use

There’s a lot for parents to be worried about these days, and teen drug use usually tops the list.

Here are the main substances that Worcester parents should be vigilant about.

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Are You Unknowingly Contributing to Your Child’s Teen Drug Use?

November 17, 2014 1 comment

You had the drug talk with your kids, but did you have the right one? If you only spoke to your children about the more common illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy, your talk may not have been enough.

In addition to the drugs listed above, there is another type of drug use that is becoming quite popular with teens: prescription drug abuse. Just like traditional teen drug use, prescription drug abuse involves teens using prescription drugs they find around their own houses and the houses of their friends in order to get high.
ARCpoint Labs of Worcester is sharing what you need to know about teens and prescription drug abuse.

More Workplace Drug Testing Mistakes to Avoid

In our last post, we outlined three major drug testing mistakes that businesses make. Now, we’re exploring three more errors we’ve seen companies commit, so that your drug testing program is done right.

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Breaking Down the Opiate Crisis in Massachusetts

In less than four months, 185 people have died in Massachusetts of  suspected opiate overdose. Massachusetts Governor Duval declared a public health emergency in March in an attempt to curtail the crisis, but there are major institutional obstacles blocking progress.

The problem runs deeper than opiate abuse. Today we’ll take a look at deeper issues involved in the opiate crisis in Massachusetts. Read more…

Manage Your Prescription Drug Addiction Risk with These Four Steps

With the instances of celebrity prescription drug addiction on rise, more and more people are becoming aware of the addiction risk that their prescription drugs may carry. Prescription drugs do not carry the same social stigma that street drugs do, but when abused, they can be harmful or even deadly.

If you have any reason to worry that you may be at risk for a prescription drug addiction, be sure to take these four action steps to manage your addiction risk.

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Massachusetts Challenging New FDA-Approved Prescription Drug Zohydro

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zohydro, an opiod-based painkiller with just one ingredient.

Zogenix Inc., the prescription drug manufacturer, hails Zohydro because it lacks acetaminophen, which causes acute liver failure when overdosed. Zohydro will supply pain relief without increasing the risk of liver toxicity.

Yet lawmakers and public health officials in many states are worried about the FDA’s approval of Zohydro, arguing it will exacerbate the already-dangerous prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Why are these concerns about Zohydro so prevalent? Here are the details!

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