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Drug Testing for Drug & Alcohol Addiction in Canada

Throughout Canada, a person can locate companies and organizations that provide drug testing kits, services, and information about drug testing. The drug-testing process can be an accurate way; depending on the method used, to help determine what drugs and alcohol content a person has within their body. Drug tests are used in many various ways utilized by law enforcement personnel, medical facilities, workplace environments, prisons, and within drug and alcohol treatment centers. Some of the methods include testing a person's blood within a lab setting, urine tests, and of course a breathalyzer. Other more detailed tests can be done through hair follicles, and other bodily fluids, but this is within a lab setting and sometimes more time-consuming.

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What are drug test kits?

Drug test kits can include such things as urine drug tests, oral fluid tests, hair follicle tests, steroid test kits, and substance identification test kits. There are many different suppliers throughout Canada that offer these kits for purchase, as well as locations within the country that are set up as labs where testing can be done or test samples can be sent off to. Drug test kits such as urine drug tests are the most commonly used within the private sector, as they can typically detect immediate usage or usage within a 24-hour period. Other drug test methods and kits are used to determine more precisely what drugs a person has taken, along with alcohol content.

Is drug testing done at rehabilitation programs?

Yes, this is a very common practice at drug treatment centers, whether they are a residential program or an outpatient center; random drug testing is done. The process helps eliminate the possibility of drugs entering a facility, and when it is done on the initial arrival of a patient, it can help the medical staff know what types of withdrawals to expect, and how best to treat a patient during their detox. Outpatient programs will commonly conduct more random drug testing than an inpatient program because the client is not staying at an outpatient center, they are relied upon to remain drug-free during their treatment. Of course, using drugs or alcohol during treatment defeats the purpose of attending a drug rehabilitation program.

How effective is the drug-testing process?

The whole process can be extremely precise; depending on what type of test is administered, most tests will detect everything a person has used within a specific time frame. Urine drug tests are not always the most exact, because the person has to be given one within a short time frame when suspicion of drug use is found. Breathalyzers can be fairly accurate when administered properly, and will immediately detect a person's blood-alcohol content. For more extensive accuracy with testing, it is best to go directly to a lab, which specializes in the drug-testing process and can administer a blood test or hair follicle test.

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Sylvain Fournier

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Across Canada, there are many different treatment options to choose from, private, government-funded, inpatient, and outpatient. See More