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Pharmacy Drug Test Kits: Types of Tests & the Alternatives

01 April, 2024

A SureStep urine test kit and its packaging

Many individuals and organisations use pharmacy drug test kits for various reasons. They are convenient tools for tracing the presence of drugs in the biological samples of individuals. They can help with health monitoring, pre-employment screening, and roadside drug testing. The types of tests include saliva, urine, and hair test kits. In particular, urine and saliva kits are commonly used due to their convenience. Alternatively, people can also buy kits online or in specialty stores if needed.

Substance use disorders are a prevalent problem that causes many negative impacts on individuals and those around them. Testing kits enable people to screen themselves or their families for personal safety. Meanwhile, organisations also use this to reduce the risks of accidents and protect employees and the general public. However, there are several considerations to make before buying one. This article will present information on the types of pharmacy screening kits, factors to consider when looking for one, and alternatives.

Types of Pharmacy Drug Test Kits

There are several types of pharmacy drug test kits that people can purchase for initial screening. Firstly, urine drug testing kits are a popular choice for screening. They work well for the detection of drugs days to weeks after consumption. Moreover, they can identify a wide range of drug substances using one sample. Many companies use this for business drug testing.

Another option for personal and workplace drug testing is saliva drug testing kits. These are ideal for tracing recent use because of their shorter detection periods. Moreover, they are easy to use in various locations since they are non-invasive drug test kits that do not require special facilities. Law enforcement officers typically use roadside saliva drug testing kits to identify drug drivers.

Although less common, hair test kits can also be found in pharmacies. However, unlike urine or saliva kits, these are only for sample collection. Due to the complex process required, only laboratory analysis can trace substance classes in hair follicle specimens. Nevertheless, it remains helpful for individuals who want to acquire a history of consumption of drugs.

What Can be Detected?

  • Amphetamines: stimulants that can be prescription drugs or designer drugs. They are typically used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Cocaine: a powerful stimulant that has a high risk of causing drug addiction. It is made from the leaves of the coca plant.
  • Cannabis: a psychoactive drug that people use for medicine and recreational purposes. Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is its main psychoactive component.
  • Benzodiazepines: depressant drugs commonly used to help with insomnia and panic disorders.
  • Opiates: a class of drugs primarily used for pain relief. It includes morphine, heroin, and codeine.
  • Ethanol: an active ingredient in most alcoholic beverages.

Three ToxWipe 7 saliva drug test kits

What to Look For in a Pharmacy Drug Test Kit?

When choosing a pharmacy drug test kit, it is essential to consider multiple factors. Firstly, check whether the kit has panels for the drugs the tester needs to trace. Many kits have multiple panels, but it is best to check, especially if the substances are not among the common drugs of abuse.

Secondly, ensure the kit is accurate and reliable. One way to determine this is by checking the set cut-off levels in the product details. It should follow the set Australian standards for immunoassay screening for consistent results. Moreover, consider buying from reputable brands. Thirdly, consider the price of the kit compared to other options. It is worth noting that the price may be affected by the brand and the number of panels it has.

Fourthly, look for products approved or certified by relevant regulatory bodies. This can provide peace of mind regarding their effectiveness. Lastly, check the user-friendliness of the product. For recommendations, the individual may consult the pharmacist in the store.

Ease of Use

Ease of use is a critical factor when choosing a drug test kit. This is because complex directions may lead to improper and inaccurate screening results. The drug test kit instructions should be clear and easy to follow. This makes it easy for people without specialised training to administer the test.

Ideally, it should have features that can serve as safeguards. Many kits use control lines to indicate the validity of the test. Additionally, some urine drug testing kits also have built-in integrity tests for temperature to detect possible adulteration of the human urine samples.

The 'Oral Click' saliva drug test

Pharmacy Drug Test Kit Alternatives

Several options are available for people searching for alternatives to pharmacy drug test kits. Buying online is a popular choice for many due to its convenience. People can buy a test kit at any time and wait for it to arrive at their doorstep within a few days. This considerably reduces the hassle of travelling to a store.

Moreover, there are more options available online than in physical stores. Individuals can browse online platforms or directly go to the website of the manufacturer. They can even benefit from the deals the websites or platforms may offer. Furthermore, it is easier to compare prices between retailers online.

However, those seeking to use the kits immediately may prefer buying from physical stores. Besides pharmacies, medical supply stores or specialty shops may also offer drug screening kits. They may even have different brands and types of kits not found in pharmacies. This can be useful for people searching for ten or 12-panel kits for comprehensive screening.

Testing Kits Available at Breathalysers Australia

Breathalysers Australia is a reputable supplier of alcohol and drug testing products. For drug screening, they have three products. Firstly, the SureStep 6-in-1 EZ split urine drug test kit can trace the presence of drugs using urine samples. A key feature of this product is that it can separate the initial and confirmation samples.

Secondly, the ToxWipe 7 saliva drug test kit can detect seven of the most commonly abused substances from their drug metabolites. It is an all-in-one device that is compact with a buffered solution. Lastly, the ‘Oral Click’ saliva drug test can detect six substances using lateral flow chromatographic immunoassays.

Conclusion

Pharmacy drug test kits are devices that can detect illegal drug use. There are several types that people can use for many purposes, such as personal and workplace monitoring. Urine and saliva kits are popular since they are easy to use and enable onsite analysis using the testing device included in the kit. Meanwhile, hair test kits provide equipment for sample collection. Afterwards, they must send the specimen to the lab for analysis.

Besides the types, individuals must also consider other factors, such as the number of panels in the kit, certification from regulatory bodies, and cut-off levels of the drug. It may also help to buy from reputable brands to ensure the reliability of the product. As alternatives to pharmacies, people can also buy drug testing products online or from specialty stores. Breathalysers Australia offers three drug screening products such as the ToxWipe 7, ‘Oral Click’ and SureStep 6-in-1 EZ Split.

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