Drug Testing Facts
- Employers prefer to use urine drug testing for testing employees.
- A blood test is used to detect the amount of drug present in a human’s system at that very moment. The person being tested cannot tamper with the sample during a blood drug test.
- Hair drug testing can be used to detect drugs in a human’s system over a longer period, usually over a 90-day period of time.
Drugs of Abuse Facts
- Drug addiction and abuse costs the American taxpayers an average of $484 billion a year which includes lost job wages, healthcare costs, crime and traffic accidents.
- More teens die from prescription drugs than heroin and cocaine combined
- Nearly 60 percent of American are taking prescription drugs.
- The most commonly used and abused drug, after alcohol, is marijuana.
- 120,000 Americans are hospitalized each year for overdosing on painkillers.
- Drugs that change the ways a person sees, feels and hears are called hallucinogens.
- Stimulants speed up the body’s nervous system and create a feeling of energy. Types of stimulants include: Cocaine, Methamphetamines, Amphetamines, Cylert, Ritalin, Adderall and Ecstasy.
- Depressants slow down activity in the central nervous system of your body. Types of depressants include: Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Alcohol, Morphine, Buprenorphine, Methadone, Flunitrazepines, Methaqualone, Marijuana, GHB, Opiods and Heroin.
- The chemical in marijuana that causes the high is THC.
- More people die each year in the U.S. as a result of tobacco.
- Most drug users make their first contact with illicit drugs through friends.
- Marijuana is much stronger today than it was 10 years ago.