Difference Between 10 and 12 Panel Drug Test

At Health Street, we offer many kinds of panel drug tests, and it may be overwhelming. However, this allows our clients to choose a panel drug test that's customized to fit their needs or company requirements. There are various considerations, such as industry, occupation, and drug abuse trends in your region. Certain tests, such as our 10 panel and 12 panel drug tests, are especially popular among business owners wanting to maintain a drug-free workplace. We'll explain exactly what they are and how these two drug test screens differ.

Jared Rosenthal
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What Are Drug Panels?

The number of panels — for example, 5 panel or 10 panel — indicates the number of drug families that the test screens for. Our 5 panel drug test is the most basic we offer, and it can detect marijuana, cocaine, basic opiates (codeine, cocaine, and heroin), amphetamines, and PCP (angel dust). In each subsequent panel test, certain types of drugs are added, such as ecstasy, hydrocodone, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, methadone, and propoxyphene. Our 22 panel drug test detects many substances in addition to these.

A panel drug test can be done with urine testing or hair testing. Urine tests are more popular, as they are less expensive than hair tests and are just as accurate. However, while a urine drug test has a detection window of the prior week (5-7 days), hair testing can detect drug use within the last 90 days. This type of drug test is frequently used by law enforcement and the court system as well as government agencies.

What is Included in a 10 Panel Drug Screen?

This popular pre-employment panel drug test includes the five most frequently used drug families — marijuana, cocaine, basic opiates (cocaine, codeine, and heroin), amphetamines, and PCP (angel dust). It adds benzodiazepines, barbiturates, methadone, propoxyphene, and methaqualone (Quaaludes).

What is Included in a 12 Panel Drug Screen?

Our 12 panel drug test includes everything that the 10 panel does—marijuana, cocaine, codeine, heroin, amphetamines, PCP, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, methadone, propoxyphene, and methaqualone. It also screens for oxycodone and hydrocodone prescription drugs, as well as MDMA (Ecstasy, Molly), making it extremely cost-effective.

Is There a Difference Between a Drug Test and Drug Screen?

Though you will see drug screening and drug testing used interchangeably, they are different. A drug screening is fast and costs less, but is less accurate and may result in false-positives. Panel drug testing takes longer, but it is far more accurate and selective.

Why You Should Order Your Drug Test from Health Street

When you use our comprehensive drug and alcohol testing services, you have many panel options to choose from, including DOT drug testing services for DOT compliance. Results are delivered quickly and securely. You can customize a drug panel – for example, exclude marijuana in states where this substance is now legal for recreational use or add alcohol and/or nicotine.

Other Health Street advantages:

Register for tests online.
Many different substances detected.
More than 14,000 nationwide clinics to choose from.
All non-instant tests are analyzed by a SAMHSA certified lab.
GC/MS (gas chromatography/mass spectrometry) is used to confirm non-negative results.
If a result is positive upon GC/MS screening, a Medical Review Officer (MRO) will review the test and contact the person who was testing for more information.
Business clients get free access to our StaffGlass integrated platform for drug tests, background checks, and occupational health services.

These benefits help to ensure the convenience and accuracy of our testing, while making your drug testing procedures far more efficient.

StaffGlass Streamlines Drug Testing for Our Business Partners

As a business client, you'll be able to order, schedule and manage panel drug testing through our mobile-friendly StaffGlass platform. It is a complete recruitment and onboarding solution, incorporating remote ID verification, background checks, drug and alcohol testing, occupational health screenings, and e-sign document management.

The StaffGlass recruiting and onboarding process is as follows:

Create applicant ID. The individual scans in their government-issued ID using their phone. The system automatically reads in their information and verifies their identity.
Order a drug screening for your job candidate. Choose from urine or hair panel tests, alcohol tests or DOT testing. All ordering is done from within the platform.
Choose desired time and location. The candidate selects a convenient lab from our nationwide network.
Monitor test status. There are status notifications for every step, from ordering the test to receiving the results.
View drug test results. They are delivered securely and viewable from the person's record.
Order background checks and health assessments. Choose from various background screenings, such as criminal background checks, employment history verification and reference checks. We also offer health screenings and vaccinations if your business requires this.
Hire the new employee. Once you click "Hire," their applicant record becomes their employee record, so that you can order future screenings as part of your company's testing program. Results are maintained throughout their employment.
Obtain e-signed documents from new hire. Integrated document and e-sign management lets you store all essential consent forms, tax documents, waivers and other company documents in one platform.

Learn more about our panel drug test options. Contact us today to sign up with Health Street for all your drug testing needs.

Jared Rosenthal

Jared Rosenthal

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