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Alcohol and Drug tests

About Alcohol and Drug Tests

 

Los Angeles based Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc. offers Multi Panel Drug and Alcohol Tests for any combination of Amphetamin (AMP), Barbiturate (BAR), Benzodiazepine (BZD), Buprenorphine (BUP),  Cannabinoid (THC), Cocaine (COC), Ecstasy (MDMA), Fentanyl (FTYL), Ketamine, Methadone (MTD), Methamphetamine (MET), Methylphenidate (MPD), Opiate (OPI) (MOR), Opiate II (OPI) (MOR) (HER), Oxycodone (Oxy), Phencyclidine (PCP), Propoxyphene (PRP), Tramadol, Tricyclic antidepressant (TCA),  and ALCOHOL.  This multi drug test kit is designed for qualitative determination of drug and alcohol substances in human urine specimens.  These Drug and Alcohol Tests are highly accurate and cost effective.

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT ALCOHOL – ALCOHOL EDUCATION

 

Many private and public institutions ask about alcohol and drug tests.   Questions about alcohol and drug tests are frequently posed to our customer representatives.  Drug testing and alcohol testing is common in the workplace, at school, rehab facilities, and in the judicial courts.  Perhaps the largest legal, social, and economic issue in the workplace is the use of drugs and alcohol.  The reality for employers is that drug and alcohol use can affect employees’ health and productivity and impact safety in the workplace.  Starting with an Alcohol education is an important part of understanding the effects of combining alcohol and drugs by individuals, and many companies are finding the internet a good place to start getting information about alcohol, what is alcohol, alcohol and drug use, and alcohol and drug testing devices that are available.

 

The questions about alcohol and what is alcohol can be answered by looking at the effects of alcohol.  When a person drinks alcohol, the alcohol is absorbed by the stomach, enters the bloodstream, and goes to all the tissues.  When alcohol is ingested, it is absorbed directly from the proximal small intestine and distributed throughout the entire fluid space of the body.  After equilibrium is reached, alcohol will be found in all tissues of the body in proportion to their water content.  Urine is the most practical specimen for alcohol testing.  Peak urine alcohol levels are reached 45 to 60 minutes after alcohol ingestion.  At this time, urine alcohol levels are typical about 1.3 times greater than the corresponding blood alcohol concentration.  This ratio is only valid during the elimination phase, which occurs after the blood alcohol level has peaked and is decreasing.  Alcohol may be detected in the urine for 1 to 2 hours longer than it is detected in blood.

 

EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL

 

Effects of alcohol use depend on a variety of factors, including a person’s size, weight, age, sex, and the amount of food and alcohol consumed.  The effects of moderate alcohol consumption includes dizziness and talkativeness; large amounts of alcohol include slurred speech, insomnia, and nausea.  Alcohol impairs judgment and coordination required in the workplace and in driving a car.  Alcohol consumption at any level can cause aggressive or even violent behavior at home, school, or at the workplace.  Prolonged, heavy use of alcohol can lead to addiction, commonly known as alcoholism.  Withdrawal symptoms occur when alcohol intake is stopped.  Long-term effects of consuming large quantities of alcohol can lead to permanent damage to vital organs, such as the liver, causing cirrhosis of the liver.  Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome.  In addition, research shows that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other children of becoming alcoholics.  Acute alcohol intoxication can lead to loss of alertness, coma, and even death.

 

ABOUT ALCOHOL AND DRUG COMBINATIONS

 

Hundreds of studies show that combining alcohol and drugs is extremely dangerous.  The simple fact is that alcohol is a drug, and when alcohol consumption is combined with other drugs, it can be lethal.  For example, alcohol and depressants can slow down the central nervous system, produce loss of coordination, cause coma, and result in high risk of overdose and death.  Alcohol and anti-depressants increase central nervous system depression and cause massive blood pressure increases which can result in brain hemorrhage and death.  Alcohol and antibiotics decrease the effectiveness of antibiotics and cause other problems such as headaches, nausea, low blood pressure, or irregular heart beat.  Alcohol and opiates (heroin and morphine) can lead to serious nervous system depression and death.  Alcohol and marijuana (cannabis) more than doubles the effect of marijuana and increases the absorption of toxins.  Alcohol and cocaine can increase blood pressure and when alcohol and cocaine are mixed, the body converts their broken-down products into cocaethylene, a chemical more deadly than cocaine, which increases the risk of overdose.

 

ALCOHOL AND DRUG TESTING PRODUCTS

 

Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc. offers some of the most effective drug and alcohol testing devices available.  We offer various products which provide a definite way to determine the presence, or level of alcohol and drug in a person’s body.  Our alcohol and drug testing products are very easy to use and provide rapid, accurate, and reliable results.

 

The Drug and Alcohol Testing device is based on the principle of specific immunochemical reaction between antibodies and antigens to analyze particular compounds in human urine specimen. The assay relies on the competition for binding antibody between drug conjugate and free drug which may be present in the urine specimen being tested.  When any combination of drug or alcohol is present in the urine specimen, it competes with drug conjugate for the limited amount of antibody-dye conjugate. When the amount of the drug or alcohol is equal or more than the cut-off, it will prevent the binding of drug conjugate to the antibody. Therefore, a positive urine specimen on the drug and alcohol test will not show a colored band on the test line zone, indicating a positive result, while the presence of a colored band indicates a negative result.  A control line is present in the test window to work as procedural control. This colored band should always appear on the control line zone if the drug and alcohol drug testing device is stored in good condition and the drug and alcohol drug test is performed appropriately.

 

The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at which a person becomes impaired is variable. The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has established a BAC of 0.02% (0.02g/dL) as the cut-off level at which an individual is considered positive for the presence of alcohol.  Since urine alcohol concentration is normally higher than that in saliva and blood, the cutoff concentration for alcohol in urine is set at 0.04%.

 

This multi drug and alcohol test kit provides only a preliminary analytical test result. A more specific alternative chemical method must be used in order to obtain a confirmed analytical result.  Gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry (GC/MS) has been established as the preferred confirmatory method by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Clinical consideration and professional judgment should be applied to any drug of abuse test result, particularly when preliminary positive results are indicated.

 

The optional built-in Adulteration Test is for validation of urine specimen’s integrity and must not be used for In Vitro diagnostic use.  The cutoff level for this Drug and Alcohol Test is 0.04%  For customized cutoff level multi drug and alcohol drug tests, please contact Customer Service.  This multi panel drug and alcohol test is available as a Rapid Test strip format.

 

 


DRUG TESTING – MARIJUANA DRUG TEST (THC Drug Test)

MARIJUANA DRUG TEST (THC Drug Test)

 

According to a recent United Nations World Drug Report, Marijuana “remains the most widely produced and consumed illicit substance globally.”   The UN estimates that 210 million people, about 5% of the world’s population, used some kind of illicit drug last year at least once.  The most popular drug remains cannabis, with 170 million users.  In the U.S., The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMSHA) report on illicit drug use, showed an increase in marijuana consumption last year across all age groups.   Faced with such increase use of the marijuana drug, many health officials say that more drug-testing programs should be considered.

 

THC (∆9–tetrahydrocannabinol) is the primary active ingredient in cannabinoids (marijuana). When the marijuana drug is smoked or orally administered, it produces euphoric effects. Users of the marijuana drug have impaired short term memory and slowed learning. The marijuana drug user may also experience transient episodes of confusion and anxiety. Long term relatively heavy use of the marijuana drug may be associated with behavioral disorders.

 

There are many different kinds of drug tests available to measure marijuana on drug tests.  A popular choice for marijuana drug testing is to have the subject provide a urine sample on the drug test.  Urinalysis is the most common drug test type and is considered the Gold Standard of drug testing.  A urine drug test is inexpensive and can detect relatively recent (within the past seven days) use as well as long-term exposure to the the marijuana drug.  Urine drug test kits are available as on-site tests, or laboratory analysis.  The drug tests are drug metabolite specific.  Commonly ingested substances to pass a drug test will not affect the drug test nor interfere with the drug test results.  The marijuana  drug is detectable by standard drug tests on urine up to 72 hours after use.  However, drug tests may detect the marijuana drug with long-term, habitual users who may have traces of the marijuana drug in their system for longer than the standard three days.

Our Los Angeles based Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc., a company committed to making the best quality drug tests at fair and competitive prices worldwide and a leading provider of drug test services, offers top of the line urine drug test kits.  We offer a number of the most superior quality drug testing kits available on the market.  Our drug tests kits include everything you need to administer drug testing in your laboratory, medical office, business, hospital or educational organization.   The Marijuana Drug Test (THC Drug Test), or The Cortez Diagnostics, Inc. DOA (Drug of Abuse) test, is an immunochromatography based one step in vitro test. The Marijuana drug test is designed for qualitative determination of marijuana drug substances in human urine specimens. This assay may be used in the point of care setting.

The Marijuana Drug Testing device is based on the principle of specific immunochemical reaction between antibodies and antigens to analyze particular compounds in human urine specimen. The assay relies on the competition for binding antibody between drug conjugate and free drug which may be present in the urine specimen being tested. When the marijuana drug is present in the urine specimen, it competes with drug conjugate for the limited amount of antibody-dye conjugate. When the amount of the marijuana drug is equal or more than the cut-off, it will prevent the binding of drug conjugate to the antibody. Therefore, a positive urine specimen on the marijuana drug test will not show a colored band on the test line zone, indicating a positive result, while the presence of a colored band indicates a negative result. A control line is present in the test window to work as procedural control. This colored band should always appear on the control line zone if the Marijuana drug testing device is stored in good condition and the Marijuana drug test is performed appropriately.

 

This Marijuana Drug Test (THC Drug Test) provides only a preliminary analytical test result. A more specific alternative chemical method must be used in order to obtain a confirmed analytical result. Gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry (GC/MS) has been established as the preferred confirmatory method by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Clinical consideration and professional judgment should be applied to any drug of abuse test result, particularly when preliminary positive results are indicated.

 

The optional built-in Adulteration Test is for validation of urine specimen’s integrity and must not be used for In Vitro diagnostic use. The cutoff level for this Marijuana Drug Test (THC Drug Test) is 50 ng/ml of 11-nor-D9-THC-9-COOH. For customized cutoff level marijuana drug tests, please contact Customer Service. This Marijuana Drug Test (THC Drug Test) is available in multi-panel, cassette, strip, or cup format.

 

We also offer popular drug test kits for various other drugs:  ELISA drug test kits, CLIA Waved Drug Tests, Strip drug tests, 2 panel drug tests, multi panel drug tests, and cassette drug tests.  We are always improving our comprehensive line of drug test kits, thus offering to you the utmost in selection of the highest quality products available for drug testing worldwide.  Our Rapid Test Kit for urinalysis is one of the most popular drug test kits ordered by our customers.  These widely-used drug test kits are the most accurate and inexpensive drug tests in detecting adulterated urine specimens on drug tests.  These convenient and easy to use urine analysis drug test kits can immediately detect any drug adulteration that would falsely identify a pass drug test analysis.   The FDA, CE, and Health Canada approved Rapid Test Kits are thus the perfect worldwide drug testing devices in use today.

Drug Testing – Cocaine Drug Test – (COC Drug Test)

Drug Testing – Cocaine Drug Test – (COC Drug Test)

Mandatory drug testing in the United States became popular in the 1980s, led by gradually expanding federal government requirements.  The federal government first ordered drug testing in the military, then extended the requirement for drug testing to federal workers.  Meanwhile, private employers were persuaded on their own to drug test by statistics showing that drug users are more likely than other workers to file workers’ compensation claims, be involved in a workplace accident, or create various disciplinary problems.  Many diagnostic laboratories which conduct preemployment and random workplace drug testing, are seeing increased uses of cocaine and marijuana.  Therefore, faced with increased use of some drugs in the workplace, some health officials say more employers should consider implementing drug-testing programs.

 

There are many different kinds of drug tests available to measure cocaine on drug tests.  We offer a number of the most superior quality, top-of-the-line drug testing kits available on the market.  Our drug tests kits include everything you need to administer drug testing in your laboratory, medical office, business, hospital or educational organization.   We also offer popular drug test kits for various other drugs, ELISA drug test kits, CLIA Waved Drug Tests, Strip drug tests, 2 panel drug tests, multi panel drug tests, and cassette drug tests.  We are always improving our comprehensive line of drug test kits, thus offering to you the utmost in selection of the highest quality products available for drug testing.

A popular choice for cocaine drug testing is to have the subject provide a urine sample on the drug test.  A urine drug test is relatively inexpensive and can detect relatively recent (within the past seven days) use as well as long-term exposure to the drug.  Urine drug test kits are available as on-site tests, or laboratory analysis. Urinalysis is the most common drug test type and used by federally mandated drug testing programs and is considered the Gold Standard of drug testing.   The drug tests are drug metabolite specific.  Commonly ingested substances such as vitamins, penicillin, aspirin, caffeine, and acetaminophen will not affect the drug test nor interfere with the drug test results.  The cocaine drug is detectable by standard drug tests on urine up to 72 hours after use.  However, drug tests may detect the cocaine drug with long-term, habitual users who may have traces of the cocaine drug in their system for longer than the standard three days.

Our Cocaine Drug Test (COC Drug Test) is an immunochromatography based one step in vitro test. This drug test is designed for qualitative determination of cocaine drug substances in human urine specimens.

 

The Cocaine Drug Testing device is based on the principle of specific immunochemical reaction between antibodies and antigens to analyze particular compounds in human urine specimen. The assay relies on the competition for binding antibody between drug conjugate and free drug which may be present in the urine specimen being tested. When the cocaine drug is present in the urine specimen, it competes with drug conjugate for the limited amount of antibody-dye conjugate. When the amount of the cocaine drug is equal or more than the cut-off, it will prevent the binding of drug conjugate to the antibody. Therefore, a positive urine specimen on the Cocaine Drug Test will not show a colored band on the test line zone, indicating a positive result, while the presence of a colored band indicates a negative result. A control line is present in the test window to work as procedural control. This colored band should always appear on the control line zone if the Cocaine Drug testing device is stored in good condition and the Cocaine drug test is performed appropriately.

 

This Cocaine Drug Test (COC Drug Test) provides only a preliminary analytical test result. A more specific alternative chemical method must be used in order to obtain a confirmed analytical result. Gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry (GC/MS) has been established as the preferred confirmatory method by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Clinical consideration and professional judgment should be applied to any drug of abuse test result, particularly when preliminary positive results are indicated.

 

The optional built-in Adulteration Test is for validation of urine specimen’s integrity and must not be used for In Vitro diagnostic use. The cutoff level for this Cocaine Drug Test (COC Drug Test) is 300 ng/ml of benzoylecgonine. For customized cutoff level cocaine drug tests, please contact Customer Service. This Cocaine Drug Test (COC Drug Test) is available in multi-panel, cassette, strip, or cup format.