Opiate/Opioid Testing

In 2015, over 52,000 Americans died of drug overdoses. An incredible ⅔ of these cases were directly caused by opioids, both prescription painkillers and heroin. It’s clear this is a growing and dangerous problem. Whether you’re an employer, judicial officer, or concerned parent, the staff here at Test Smartly Labs is here to match you with a solution that will provide the results you need.

What are Opioids?

It’s critical that you know what you’re looking for when you seek drug testing. If you suspect someone has been abusing opioids, just a few of the drugs this would include are as follows:

  • Hydrocodone
  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Oxycodone
  • Oxymorphone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Fentanyl

Signs to Look For

Drug abuse typically manifests in a number of ways that the educated person can learn to keep an eye out for. If you have an employee or child who’s exhibiting the following symptoms, the staff here at Test Smartly Labs is here to help you find the right testing method to get the answers you need:

  • Sweating
  • Small pupils
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Shallow breathing
  • Slurred speech
  • Disinterest in things they used to enjoy

Keeping You DOT-Compliant

Certain employers are required by the DOT to conduct random drug testing on a consistent basis. These include those in the following industries:

  • Aviation
  • Motor carrier
  • Railroad
  • Transit
  • Pipelines
  • Maritime

Due to the rise of opioid abuse, the DOT has upped the ante when it comes to drug testing requirements. Starting January 1, 2018, the following four semi-synthetic opioids will be required for inclusion in employers’ testing programs:

  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Oxymorphone

When you count on Test Smartly Labs, we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest changes. Every day counts when it comes to opioid abuse. Call today and schedule a consultation.