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Types of Substance (Drugs) Abuse Testing

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There are literally dozens of different types of substances (drugs) that people abuse. These drugs have varying effects on behavior and manifest themselves in a host of symptoms. Substances fall into several categories, such as uppers vs. downers and street vs. prescription. It is possible to detect nearly any of these with a substance abuse drug test. However, not all drug tests are the same. Each one is set up to look for a certain set of drugs. The drug in question must be included in the testing panel for it to be detected by the substance abuse screening.

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About Types of Substance (Drugs) Abuse Testing

Club Drugs

Club drugs is a term used to describe a variety of psychoactive drugs that tend to be abused by teens and young adults at nightclubs, parties and concerts. There has been increasing concern in recent years about the safety of these drugs, especially considering some high profile deaths as a result of using club drugs.

Street Drugs

Street drugs are readily available in our society. Millions of people use uppers, downers, and/or hallucinogens to alter their moods. Street drugs are sought out for their quick highs and false sense of escape, and then, once tolerance builds up, they are often sought just to feed an addiction.

Prescription Drugs

Prescription Drugs and their widespread abuse has been broadly discussed in the media in recent years and is on the rise, especially among teenagers. Young people often believe that prescription drugs are safer than street drugs, a myth that has no basis in reality.

Date Rape Drug Tests

Date rape drug tests should be given in the case of a suspected assault to confirm or rule out whether the drugs that are often used in sexual assault are in the possible victim's system.

Performance Enhancing Drugs

The use of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone is both dangerous and illegal in nearly all competitive sports, and the side effects are potentially gruesome.