Drugs of Abuse
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- Ethanol (Alcohol)
Amphetamines, cannabinoids (THC), cocaine, ethanol (alcohol, ethyl alcohol, ETOH), phencyclidine (PCP), opiates (heroin).
To assist in rapid identification of commonly abused drugs in suspected drug overdose or for workplace drug screening.
For ethanol, serum collected in a red-top tube; plasma collected in a gray-top (sodium fluoride/potassium oxalate) tube is also acceptable. For drug screen, urine collected in a clean plastic container. Gastric contents may also be submitted for testing.
Workplace drug-screening programs, because of the potential medicolegal consequences associated with them, require collection of urine and blood specimens using a chain of custody protocol. Analysis is performed in laboratories that are specially certified to perform workplace drug testing. The protocol provides securing the sample in a sealed transport device in the presence of the donor and a representative of the donor’s employer, such that tampering would be obvious. The protocol also provides a written document of specimen transfer from donor to specimen collection personnel, to storage, to analyst, and to disposal.
(Method: Spectrophotometry for ethanol; immunoassay for drugs of abuse)
Ethanol: None detected
Drug screen: None detected