8-Panel Drug Test

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An 8-panel drug test is a standard drug screen procedure that entails the collection of a urine specimen to analyze for drug metabolites including amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines, opiates, and phencyclidine (PCP). Drug testing is a policy guideline for many employers based on epidemic drug use of illicit and/or prescription drugs among applicants and/or employees.

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In some industries and occupations, a drug-free environment often dictates an applicant and/or employee’s candidacy to fill safety-sensitive positions that require the operation of heavy machinery and/or handling commercial vehicles (i.e. aircraft, buses, trucks). Urine testing is a preferable and economical method utilized by employers, covering the gamut of identifying both illicit and/or prescription drugs in the system.

Although pre-employment and post-incident drug testing is a general stipulation, many employers support random drug testing as a more viable solution in maintaining a drug-free culture. Employers continue to develop, introduce, and regulate health and safety guidelines that prevent or limit growing trends in drug abuse. 8-panel drug tests can serve as a cost-effective measure to deter drug use while fostering morale, bolstering productivity, and curtailing workplace liabilities.

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