Learn about the different drugs that are present in various configurations of our drug test kits. Each year, there are new drugs that get popular. Stay in the know about what is out there.

the original nida-5 configuration

The standard 5

The standard and most common drug category for screening drugs of abuse is generally called the
“Federal 5.” Over the years, they have also been called the “NIDA 5” and “SAMHSA 5.” NIDA is the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The substances included are cannabinoids, opiates, amphetamines, cocaine, and phencyclidine (PCP).

Amphetamines are psychostimulant drugs, which means they speed up the messages travelling between the brain and the body. Some types of amphetamines are prescribed by doctors. These medications include Adderall, Concerta, Dexedrine, Focalin, Metadate, Methylin, Ritalin.

These drugs can cause addiction if they are misused.

Illegal amphetamines come in different forms: Pills and capsules, Powder and paste, Crystal, and Liquid.


Cocaine is an addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. Cocaine is a white powder. It can be snorted up the nose or mixed with water and injected with a needle.

Cocaine can also be made into small white rocks, called crack. Crack cocaine is a highly addictive and powerful stimulant that is derived from powdered cocaine using a simple conversion process.  Crack is smoked in a small glass pipe.


Opiates are chemical compounds that are extracted or refined from natural plant matter. Medically, opiates are used primarily for relief of pain. Opiates are made from opium or have opium in them. Opiates bind to opioid receptors in the central nervous system. 

Opiates vs. opioids Although these terms are often used interchangeably they are different. Opiates refer to natural opioids such as heroin, morphine and codeine. Opioids refer to all natural, semisynthetic, and synthetic opioids.

marijuana / Cannabis

Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant. Native to Central and South Asia, the cannabis plant has been used as a drug for both recreational and entheogenic purposes and in various traditional medicines for centuries.

While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t approved the use of the marijuana plant as medicine, many states have legalized marijuana use.


Phencyclidine (PCP) is an illegal street drug that usually comes as a white powder, which can be dissolved in alcohol or water. It can be bought as a powder or liquid. Though it’s no longer approved for use in humans since 1965, it’s still sometimes used as a tranquilizer for animals.

PCP, also known as “Angel Dust”, may lead to hallucinations (a profound distortion in a person’s perception of reality). It is considered a dissociative drug, leading to a distortion of sights, colors, sounds, self, and one’s environment.

What is a drug test panel?

drug test panels

A drug test panel is a list (or menu) of drugs or drug classes that can be tested for in a specimen. These can be ordered to identify drugs of abuse or in pain management. No single drug panel is suitable for all clinical uses; many testing options exist that can be adapted to clinical needs.

What is the Purpose of Panels?

These panels are designed to monitor adherence to pain treatment plans, to detect use of nonprescribed pain medications, and to screen for use of illicit drugs. Clinical practitioners can order more comprehensive drug test panels to identify drugs or classes of drugs that go beyond the federally mandated drugs for testing. Which drugs are included in the testing menu vary greatly between and within laboratories; laboratories differ in the drugs or metabolites included in their comprehensive panel and have more than one type of panel.

other drugs

Other than the standard five drugs, there are more substances. They’re becoming more common and it’s important to screen for as many possible drug families and types.


Barbituates are depressant drugs used to help sleep, relieve anxiety and muscle spasms, prevent seizures. Prescribed names: Fiorina, Pentothal, Seconal, or Nembutal. 

They cause relaxation and sleepiness. 


Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist. It produces effects such as euphoria or respiratory depression at low to moderate doses. It is used to treat opioid use disorder, acute pain, and chronic pain.


Benzodiazepines, sometimes called “benzos”, are a class of psychoactive drugs whose core chemical structure is the fusion of a benzene ring and a diazepine ring. As depressants—drugs which lower brain activity—they are prescribed to treat conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, and seizures.

mamp / MET

Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Crystal methamphetamine is a form of the drug that looks like glass fragments or shiny, bluish-white rocks.

It is chemically similar to amphetamine, a drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, a sleep disorder.


Methadone is part of a category of drugs called opioids. German doctors created it during World War II. When it came to the United States, doctors used it to treat people with extreme pain. Today, you might also get it as part of a treatment program for an addiction to heroin or narcotic painkillers.

Morphine is a non-synthetic narcotic (opioid) made from opium. Morphine is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The extended-release form of morphine is for around-the-clock treatment of pain. Short-acting formulations are taken as needed for pain. Extended-release morphine is not for use on an as-needed basis for pain.
3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) is a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions). It is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens, producing feelings of increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth, and distorted sensory and time perception.
Oxycodone belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid analgesics. It is a schedule II narcotic analgesic and is widely used in clinical medicine. It is marketed either alone as controlled.
fen / FTY
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50-100 times stronger than morphine. Synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, are now the most common drugs involved in drug overdose deaths in the United States.
Tricyclic Antidepressants
Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) are a class of antidepressant medications that share a similar chemical structure and biological effects. Scientists believe that patients with depression may have an imbalance in neurotransmitters, chemicals that nerves make and use to communicate with other nerves.
Propoxyphene is an opioid pain reliever used to treat mild to moderate pain. It is sold under various names as a single-ingredient product (e.g., Darvon) and as part of a combination product with acetaminophen (e.g., Darvocet).