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Drug testing is used prevalently in numerous markets today for various reasons. These markets include Pain Management Clinics, Correctional Facilities, Urgent Care, rehabilitation centers, Staffing, at home, the workplace, and the educational system. In the clinical markets, drug testing supplies are essential for monitoring patients and helping to prescribe them treatments accurately. Drug tests are used to ensure that inmates and parolees are not committing any violations within the markets using tests for forensic purposes, such as in correctional facilities.

At the same time, drug testing plays an integral part in maintaining a safe and productive workplace environment. Drug usage in the workplace is associated with decreased productivity, inventory loss due to theft, increased workplace accidents, lost time at work, serious health problems, dysfunctional communication, impaired judgment, and disregard for the safety of self and others.

At-Home drug tests are a kit that can detect different drugs in various bodily fluids. The most common types include urine and saliva. According to the FDA, while no drug tests are 100% accurate, this test is fairly sensitive to drugs. You will usually get a preliminary (or presumptive) positive test result if they are present. However, their limitation is that they will only indicate the presence of what drugs you are testing and cannot help assess addiction severity or recent usage patterns, something you can know with a laboratory test.

The most common substances that at-home drug tests can test for include:

• Marijuana
• Cocaine
• Opioids
• Amphetamines
• Benzodiazepine
• Barbiturates
• Ecstasy

If you get an initial positive result, you should send the sample to the laboratory for a second test because certain foods, food supplements, beverages, or medicines can affect the results of at-home tests. Things such as how you did the test, any other prescription or over-the-counter drugs the person may have taken before the test, what you ate or drank before taking the test, and how you stored the test can affect the accuracy of these tests.

Having an FDA-approved manufacturer is important because the FDA is responsible for the tests undergoing extensive product trials that ensure 99% accuracy in complying with regulations. Having an at-home drug test kit that is CLIA-waived means that it meets the FDA's requirements for home use, it is labeled as easy to use, and it ensures reliability.

Home drug testing kits are used more and more each day. At Halux Diagnostic, we continue to invest in research and development, the newest technologies in the market, exceptional customer service, and our people. All with the desire to provide the absolute industry-leading array of high-quality products and services to our valued customers. Our drug tests have undergone extensive product trials through our FDA-approved manufacturer to ensure that our products provide results at a 99% level of accuracy. Contact us at (407)-680-2209 for more information.