Drug abuse is not a one age group affair instead it is an all age group problem. Instead of the abuse of drugs among people decreasing it is increasing on a daily basis. This increase has brought about the need for different sectors to work together to eradicate the vice.Law enforcement, schools, employers are all working together in this fight against drug abuse. Drug testing has become mandatory in many sectors.There are different methods used to test for presence of drug in a human’s body.First samples are collected then analyzed using the right procedures. after the samples are taken they are analyzed then the results sent to the relevant persons.
Hair samples ,breath ,urine, blood or even saliva are collected for these tests.
These are a tests conducted on the urine sample collected from a person. This method is the most common method for drug testing.It is a method preferred by many for it is inexpensive. There are several kits sold to do this tests that one can get over the counter. These kits have got simple usage method.
This method of drug test is easy for the sample is easily conducted. it is said to be more comfortable than collection of a urine sample. Its results are fast .These advantages make it gain its popularity in places where fast result and privacy should be considered.
Testing by using blood
This method is the most effective. It can show the percentage of drugs that were taken by a particular person.This method can detect for what period of time drugs have been used. However it is a costly method that can only be performed b a qualified person.Sample collection should be done in a specific and cautious way.
This method makes use of hair. A medical practitioner will collect 100 strands of hair and run tests on them. This method can detect even the smallest amount off drugs in one’s body. It can detect any drug use as late as 3 months ago.It is the most expensive method. Only scalp hair cannot be used in this method.
Testing ones breath
This method is mainly used in checking for the abuse of alcohol.This is mainly used to detect drivers who are drinking and driving under the influence. They use breathalyzers.When doing a drug test precaution has to be taken since any contamination of the sample may alter the results.
These tests being conducted on a regular basis will help us in fighting this war of drug abuse.