Methamphetamine, which is best known as meth, ice or speed, is a stimulant drug that targets the central nervous system. If you have watched ‘Breaking Bad’, you probably have an idea that meth is created in illegal laboratories and offered to abusers who swallow, snort, inject or smoke this addictive substance. If you’re suspecting that an employee or a loved one has started using Methamphetamine and show symptoms like insomnia and aggression, it is best that you get them tested first.
Testing for Methamphetamine is important since it will help you decide if the suspected addict needs an intervention along the line. However, you will need to decide what method of testing you should go for.
Methods for Testing for Meth
Urine testing is the most reliable and accurate Methamphetamine detection method. In addition, it is quite inexpensive, making it easier for employers to conduct it without burdening their companies’ funds. That aside, meth urine tests can detect the drug after 2-5 hours from ingestion and even 3-5 days after use.
Urine tests can come in three forms:
- Dip: A test sample is dipped to detect Meth abuse.
- Tape: Using an eyedropper, a few drops of urine are dropped onto tapes.
- Cup: The urine sample is collected in a sample cup and sent for testing.
The first two can be administered easily since they don’t need the help of a technician. However, you need to use a highly reliable drug detection kit to avoid getting false positives and negatives. Moreover, you can go for multiple drug detection kits to ensure that the cause of your employee’s or loved one’s change in behavior isn’t some other drug.
Hair testing is another simple yet highly accurate drug abuse detection method. It can help you discover traces of Methamphetamine for up to 90 days. To conduct this test, all you need is a small sample of the suspected addict’s hair. Once you obtain that, a specialized laboratory will analyze this sample.
However, as effective as hair drug testing may be, it takes longer time than the other two testing methods. In fact, lab technicians will have to wait a week for the drug to grow out of the hair roots. And this is only in the case of head hair. Body hair will grow more slowly and you’ll need to wait longer for accurate results. Yet, collecting body hair can be more effective in determining drug abuse since it can provide drug abuse history for up to a year.
The bottom line is that hair drug testing will require your patience since it takes more time. It is also more expensive for this reason and the fact that it requires more work. However, it is convenient for parents who don’t want to confront their children just yet and employers who need 99% accurate results.
Unlike the other two methods, saliva drug testing is quick, reliable and comfortable. It also comes with an additional advantage: it allows you to determine if the person tested is currently high on meth since saliva can hold traces of drugs 5-10 minutes after they’re orally consumed.
To conduct a saliva test, all you need is a saliva test kit which comes with a sponge or special swab. Rub the tool against the inside of the suspected addict’s cheek to collect saliva. You will get results within 10 minutes at most from the comforts of home or your office.
Saliva drug tests are non-intrusive and donor friendly, which is why they are most preferred by parents and employers alike. However, you should know that there’s a small detection window with these tests due to the small sample. In addition, smoking and low saliva production can affect the integrity of the sample you get.
Your Next Step
After conducting a Methamphetamine drug test and getting positive results, your next step should be a heart to heart talk with your loved one or employee. You need to suggest a rehab program and ensure that they go through it. Do not listen to their promises to stop abusing, since it’s very difficult to “dry out”, especially if their addiction started long ago. Finally, be supportive during and after the rehab program to ensure that the recovered addict never relapses.
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