Factors that Impact Drug Tests

“Drugs” is a general term that defines a variety of foreign substances in the body that cause some kind of effect. Drugs may include illegal or illicit drugs. They might be correct or abusive use or prescription drugs. Some substances like cleaning supplies and gasoline can be used abusively for psychoactive effects.

There are many factors that impact a drug test. According to American Addiction Centers, some of these include:

  • The dose
  • Presence of other drugs in the body
  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Sex
  • Weight
  • Incidence of medical conditions affecting drug elimination, like kidney problems

This means that two people consuming the same drug could have very different effects. Even prescription drugs have great variance in their dosage for the patient’s safety.

While it’s true that two different people consuming the same drug will metabolize and expel the drug differently, it’s also true that two people of similar age, weight, sex, and health will metabolize the same drugs similarly.

Once a drug is consumed, the body begins the process to metabolize the drug. This means it will break down the drug into specific molecules, chemically changing the substance to be expelled from the body. Each drug has a different timeline for how long the body takes to break down and expel the drug.

Even with different factors, illegal drugs stay in a person’s system generally the same amount of time:

  • Heroin: 1-3 days.
  • Cocaine: 2-3 days.
  • Marijuana/THC: 1-7 days.
  • Meth: 2-3 days.

If you suspect that one of your employees is using illegal drugs or abusing prescription drugs, you have the right to perform a random drug test.  At Nationwide Drug Testing Service, our staff is not only understanding and considerate, but knowledgeable as well. From the moment you contact us, you can expect to deal with a professional, well-trained Representative who will be with you throughout the entire process.

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