miércoles, 27 de mayo de 2015

How To Read the iScreen One Step Drug Card

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

You’ve collected the correct specimen amount and you are about to see the results. The good news is that you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample in a cup. Now you have to remove the cap from the dip card and allow the strips to soak up some of the sample. Administering this test really isn’t difficult at all, it’s important to know how to read the iScreen One Step Drug Card results.

The results should show up in about 5 minutes (or less) if everything has gone well. By that, I mean if no tampering of any kind has been done. No matter what the configurations you are testing for, the results panel should be displaying a line next to the letter “C” (which stands for control) to tell you the test is running fine. If a line does not appear next to the control, then you must presume the test as invalid and try a new drug test.

However, it’s a little different when you look at the drug results. Based on if the drugs you are testing for are in the sample, you want to see a line next to the drug abbreviation, as it means negative. If you do NOT see any lines appear next to the drug abbreviation on the test strip, that means the sample is non-negative (a.k.a. positive) for that drug.

Instant Results

Another question that may pop into your mind may be “does a faint line mean there is some drug present in the urine?” Yes it does! The presence of a test line, regardless of how faint, indicates a negative result. Even if there is some drug in the urine, if the line is present, the specimen does have the MINIMUM amount of drug needed, therefore it should be considered positive.

With that being said, it brings up another reminder that if you have a drug test device that detects a wide variety of drugs (more than four); please understand that some strips might display more than a single drug result. In other words, you might see three or four drugs per strip, depending on the configuration you are using.

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How To Read the Oralert Oral Fluid Screen

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

You’ve collected the correct specimen amount and you are about to see the results. Since you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample using the sponge applicator, you now need to insert the collector into the device, push it down into the chamber completely before turning it clockwise (a full 90 degree turn to lock it in place), and wait at least 9 minute before recording the results. Administering this test really isn’t difficult at all, it’s important to know how to read the Oralert Oral Fluid Screen results.

If everything has gone well up to this point, the results should start to show up in less than a few minutes. By that, I mean if no tampering of any kind has been done. No matter what the configurations you are testing for, the results panel should be displaying a line next to the letter “C” (which stands for control) to tell you the test is running fine. If a line does not appear next to the control, then you must presume the test as invalid and try a new drug test.

However, it’s a little different when you look at the drug results. Based on if the drugs you are testing for are in the sample, you want to see a line next to the drug abbreviation, as it means negative. If you do NOT see any lines appear next to the drug abbreviation on the test strip, that means the sample is non-negative (a.k.a. positive) for that drug.

 

Another question that may pop into your mind may be “does a faint line mean there is some drug present in the urine?” Yes it does! The presence of a test line, regardless of how faint, indicates a negative result. Even if there is some drug in the urine, if the line is present, the urine does have the MINIMUM amount of drug needed, therefore it should be considered positive. If you have any concern or doubts, try retesting to see if there is any better conclusion.

With that being said, it brings up another reminder that if you have a drug test device that detects a wide variety of drugs (more than four); please understand that some strips might display more than a single drug result. In other words, you might see three or four drugs per strip, depending on the configuration you are using.

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How To Read An iCup Drug Test

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

You’ve collected the correct specimen amount and you are about to see the results. The good news is that you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample. Now that the lid is screwed on tight, you placed the security seal over the lid along with signing your initials and date it; all that’s left is to pull open the label to reveal the results. Administering this test really isn’t difficult at all, it’s important to know how to read the iCup drug test cup results.

The results should show up in about 5 minutes (or less) if everything has gone well. By that, I mean if no tampering of any kind has been done. No matter what the configurations you are testing for, the results panel should be displaying a line next to the letter “C” (which stands for control) to tell you the test is running fine. If a line does not appear next to the control, then you must presume the test as invalid and try a new iCup drug test.

However, it’s a little different when you look at the drug results. Based on if the drugs you are testing for are in the sample, you want to see a line next to the drug abbreviation, as it means negative. If you do NOT see any lines appear next to the drug abbreviation on the test strip, that means the sample is non-negative (a.k.a. positive) for that drug.

Another question that may pop into your mind may be “Does a faint line mean there is some drug present in the urine?” Yes it does! The presence of a test line, regardless of how faint, indicates a negative result. Even if there is some drug in the urine, if the line is present, the urine does have the MINIMUM amount of drug needed, therefore it should be considered positive. To settle any confusion, try performing the test again.

Instant Results

When you perform an icup drug test, a minimum amount of a drug substance is needed to be present in the specimen for the drug test considers a positive result. With some drugs, a minimum amount could very well be high, like amphetamines (1000ng/mL). On the other hand, other drugs that possess the minimum amount may end up relatively low, like marijuana (50ng/mL). Therefore creating the confusing result.

With that being said, it brings up another reminder that if you have a drug test device that detects a wide variety of drugs (more than four); please understand that some strips might display more than a single drug result. In other words, you might see three or four drugs per strip, depending on the configuration you are using.

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How To Read Integrated E-Z Split Key Cup

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

You’ve collected the specimen amount required and you are about to see the results. The good news is that you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample. Now that the lid is snapped on tight, you removed the key from the top and placed the security seal over it along with signing your initials; all that’s left is to pull open the label to reveal the results. Administering this test really isn’t difficult at all, it’s important to know how to read the E-Z key cup drug test results.

The results should show up in about 5 minutes (or less) if everything has gone well. By that, I mean if no tampering of any kind has been done. No matter what the configurations you are testing for, the results panel should be displaying a line next to the letter “C” (which stands for control) to tell you the test is running fine. If a line does not appear next to the control, then you must presume the test as invalid and try a new drug test.

However, it’s a little different when you look at the drug results. Based on if the drugs you are testing for are in the sample, you want to see a line next to the drug abbreviation, as it means negative. If you do NOT see any lines appear next to the drug abbreviation on the test strip, that means the sample is non-negative (a.k.a. positive) for that drug.

Instant Results

Another question that may pop into your mind may be “does a faint line mean there is some drug present in the urine?” Yes it does! The presence of a test line, regardless of how faint, indicates a negative result. Even if there is some drug in the urine, if the line is present, the urine does have the MINIMUM amount of drug needed, therefore it should be considered positive. If you should have any doubts, a new test should be performed.

With that being said, it brings up another reminder that if you have a drug test device that detects a wide variety of drugs (more than four); please understand that some strips might display more than a single drug result. In other words, you might see three or four drugs per strip, depending on the configuration you are using.

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How To Read the Rapid Detect Drug Test Dip Card

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

You’ve collected the correct specimen amount and you are about to see the results. The good news is that you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample in a cup. Now you have to remove the cap from the dip card and allow the strips to soak up some of the sample for at least 10 to 15 seconds. Administering this test really isn’t difficult at all, it’s important to know how to read the Rapid Detect drug test dip card results.

The results should show up in about 5 minutes (or less) if everything has gone well. By that, I mean if no tampering of any kind has been done. No matter what the configurations you are testing for, the results panel should be displaying a line next to the letter “C” (which stands for control) to tell you the test is running fine. If a line does not appear next to the control, then you must presume the test as invalid and try a new drug test.

However, it’s a little different when you look at the drug results. Based on if the drugs you are testing for are in the sample, you want to see a line next to the drug abbreviation, as it means negative. If you do NOT see any lines appear next to the drug abbreviation on the test strip, that means the sample is non-negative (a.k.a. positive) for that drug.

Instant Results

Another question that may pop into your mind may be “does a faint line mean there is some drug present in the urine?” Yes it does! The presence of a test line, regardless of how faint, indicates a negative result. Even if there is some drug in the urine, if the line is present, the specimen does have the MINIMUM amount of drug needed, therefore it should be considered positive. Should you be unsure, it’s recommended that you try again with a new test.

With that being said, it brings up another reminder that if you have a drug test device that detects a wide variety of drugs (more than four); please understand that some strips might display more than a single drug result. In other words, you might see three or four drugs per strip, depending on the configuration you are using.

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How To Read the Rapid Detect Dip Tests

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

You’ve collected the correct specimen amount needed to perform the test and now ready to see the results in motion. The good news is that you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample in a cup. Now you have to remove the cap from the dip card and allow the strips to soak up some of the sample inside the collection cup for at least 10 to 15 seconds. Administering this test really isn’t difficult, it’s important to know how to read the Rapid Detect dip test results.

The results should show up in about 5 minutes (or less) if everything has gone well. By that, I mean if no tampering of any kind has been done. No matter what the configurations you are testing for, the results panel should be displaying a line next to the letter “C” (which stands for control) to tell you the test is running fine. If a line does not appear next to the control, then you must presume the test as invalid and try a new drug test.

However, it’s a little different when you look at the drug results. Based on if the drugs you are testing for are in the sample, you want to see a line next to the drug abbreviation, as it means negative. If you do NOT see any lines appear next to the drug abbreviation on the test strip, that means the sample is non-negative (a.k.a. positive) for that drug.

Instant Results

Another question that may pop into your mind may be “does a faint line mean there is some drug present in the urine?” Yes it does! The presence of a test line, regardless of how faint, indicates a negative result. Even if there is some drug in the urine, if the line is present, the specimen does have the MINIMUM amount of drug needed, therefore it should be considered positive. If you have confusion, just perform the test again with a new device.

With that being said, it brings up another reminder that if you have a drug test device that detects a wide variety of drugs (more than four); please understand that some strips might display more than a single drug result. In other words, you might see three or four drugs per strip, depending on the configuration you are using.

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How To Read the Rapid Detect K2 Test

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

You’ve collected the correct specimen amount and you are about to see the results. The good news is that you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample in a cup. Now you have to remove the cap from the dip card and allow the single strip to soak up some of the sample for at least 15 seconds. Administering this test really isn’t difficult at all, it’s important to know how to read the Rapid Detect K2 test results.

The results should start showing up in about 5 minutes (if not less) if everything has gone well. By that, I mean if no tampering of any kind has been done. One thing you should pay close attention to is if there is a line next to the letter “C” (which stands for control) to tell you the test is running fine. If a line does not appear next to the control, then you must presume the test as invalid and try a new drug test.

However, it’s a little different when you look at the drug results because you want to see a line next to the drug abbreviation, as it means negative. If you do NOT see a line appear next to the drug abbreviation on the test strip, that means the sample is non-negative (a.k.a. positive) for K2.

Instant Results

Another question that may pop into your mind may be “does a faint line mean there is some amount of K2 present in the urine?” Yes it does! The presence of a test line, regardless of how faint, indicates a negative result. Even if there is some drug in the urine, if the line is present, the specimen does have the MINIMUM amount of drug needed, therefore it should be considered positive. If you have any doubts, you should consider performing the test again.

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How To Read The AmediCheck Instant Test Cup

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

You’ve collected the specimen amount required and you are about to see the results. The good news is that you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample. Now that the lid is snapped on tight, you removed the key from the top and placed the security seal over it along with signing your initials; all that’s left is to pull open the label to reveal the results. Administering this test really isn’t difficult at all, it’s important to know how to read the AmediCheck instant test cup results.

The results should show up in about 4 to 5 minutes if everything has gone well. We advise with this cup that you do not read the results after 5 minutes because the colored lines may change. No matter what, the results panel should be displaying a rose pink colored line next to the letter “C” (which stands for control) to tell you the test is running fine. If a line does not appear next to the control, then you must presume the test as invalid and try a new drug test.

However, it’s a little different when you look at the drug results. Based on if the drugs you are testing for are in the sample, you want to see a line next to the drug abbreviation, as it means negative. If you do NOT see any lines appear next to the drug abbreviation on the test strip, that means the sample is non-negative (a.k.a. positive) for that drug.

Instant Results

Another question that may pop into your mind may be “does a faint line mean there is some drug present in the urine?” Yes it does! The presence of a test line, regardless of how faint, indicates a negative result. Even if there is some drug in the urine, if the line is present, the urine does have the MINIMUM amount of drug needed, therefore it should be considered positive.

With that being said, it brings up another reminder that if you have a drug test device that detects a wide variety of drugs (more than four); please understand that some strips might display more than a single drug result. In other words, you might see three or four drugs per strip, depending on the configuration you are using.

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How To Read The One Step 12 Panel Split Specimen Cup

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

You’ve collected the specimen amount required and you are about to see the results. The good news is that you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample. Now that the lid is screwed on tight, all that’s left is to place the cup on its side to activate. The results will be located on the top of the lid. We can’t stress enough how important it is to know how to read the One Step 12 panel split specimen cup results.

The results should show up in about 5 minutes (or less) if everything has gone well. You do not want to interpret the results after 10 minutes. No matter what the configurations you are testing for, the results panel should be displaying a line next to the letter “C” (which stands for control) to tell you the test is running fine. If a line does not appear next to the control, then you must presume the test as invalid and try a new drug test.

However, it’s a little different when you look at the drug results. Based on if the drugs you are testing for are in the sample, you want to see a line next to the drug abbreviation, as it means negative. If you do NOT see any lines appear next to the drug abbreviation on the test strip, that means the sample is non-negative (a.k.a. positive) for that drug.

Instant Results

Another question that may pop into your mind may be “does a faint line mean there is some drug present in the urine?” Yes it does! The presence of a test line, regardless of how faint, indicates a negative result. Even if there is some drug in the urine, if the line is present, the urine does have the MINIMUM amount of drug needed, therefore it should be considered positive.

With that being said, it brings up another reminder that if you have a drug test device that detects a wide variety of drugs (more than four); please understand that some strips might display more than a single drug result. In other words, you might see three or four drugs per strip, depending on the configuration you are using.

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How To Read The Alco-Screen

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

You’ve collected the specimen amount required and you are about to see the results. The good news is that you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample. Now it’s all down to actually dabbing the strip into the specimen, be it saliva or another liquid you want to test, and matching the color on the reactive pad. When it comes to administering this test, it’s really not difficult at all. It’s important to know how to read the Alco-Screen test results.

Alco-Screen 02

Alco-Screen 02 Saliva Alcohol Test

The results should show up in about 2 minutes (or less) if everything has gone well. By that, I mean if no tampering of any kind has been done. Just so you know, any results obtained after more than 2 minutes and 30 seconds may be erroneous and you may want to try a new test strip.

When interpreting, you should choose the closest color match to estimate the alcohol concentration within the first 15 seconds. A color change of green or blue indicates the presence of alcohol and a positive result. No color change on reactive pad would mean a negative.

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How To Read The iScreen OFD Cotinine Test

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

You’ve collected the correct specimen amount and you are about to see the results. Since you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample using the sponge applicator, you now need to insert the collector into the device, push it down into the chamber completely before turning it clockwise (a full 180 degree turn to lock it in place, matching the red arrow with the white mark). This test really isn’t difficult to operate, but it’s important to know how to read the iScreen OFD Cotinine test results.

After placing the device horizontally on a level surface, you should be able to see the results in about 10 minutes. The results will be stable for up to an hour (60 minutes). No matter what the configurations you are testing for, the results panel should be displaying a line next to the letter “C” (which stands for control) to tell you the test is running fine. If a line does not appear next to the control, then you must presume the test as invalid and try a new drug test.

However, it’s a little different when you look at the drug results. Based on if the drugs you are testing for are in the sample, you want to see a line next to the drug abbreviation, as it means negative. If you do NOT see any lines appear next to the drug abbreviation on the test strip, that means the sample is non-negative (a.k.a. positive) for that drug.

Instant Results

Another question that may pop into your mind may be “does a faint line mean there is some drug present in the urine?” Yes it does! The presence of a test line, regardless of how faint, indicates a negative result. Even if there is some drug in the urine, if the line is present, the urine does have the MINIMUM amount of drug needed, therefore it should be considered positive.

With that being said, it brings up another reminder that if you have a drug test device that detects a wide variety of drugs (more than four); please understand that some strips might display more than a single drug result. In other words, you might see three or four drugs per strip, depending on the configuration you are using.

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How To Read the QED Alcohol Test

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

You’ve collected the correct specimen amount and you are about to see the results. Since you have already done the hard part, collecting the saliva sample until the cotton swab is thoroughly saturated before inserting with gentle and steady pressure into the entry port of the device. The process is fairly easy to operate, but it’s important to know how to read the QED alcohol test results.

If everything has gone well, the results should start to show up in about 2 minutes, but do not pick up the device until the test is complete. The QA spot will turn purple to indicate that the test procedure was performed correctly.

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How To Read The Rapid Detect SDS

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

You’ve collected the correct specimen amount and you are about to see the results. Since you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample using the sponge applicator, you now need to insert the collector into the device, push it down into the chamber completely. This test really is easy to operate, but it’s important to know how to read the Rapid Detect SDS results.

If everything has gone well, the results can start to show up in about 2 minutes, but you should wait up to 10 minutes before recording them. No matter what the configurations you are testing for, the results panel should be displaying a line next to the letter “C” (which stands for control) to tell you the test is running fine. If a line does not appear next to the control, then you must presume the test as invalid and try a new drug test.

However, it’s a little different when you look at the drug results. Based on if the drugs you are testing for are in the sample, you want to see a line next to the drug abbreviation, as it means negative. If you do NOT see any lines appear next to the drug abbreviation on the test strip, that means the sample is non-negative (a.k.a. positive) for that drug.

Instant Results

Another question that may pop into your mind may be “does a faint line mean there is some drug present in the urine?” Yes it does! The presence of a test line, regardless of how faint, indicates a negative result. Even if there is some drug in the urine, if the line is present, the urine does have the MINIMUM amount of drug needed, therefore it should be considered positive.

With that being said, it brings up another reminder that if you have a drug test device that detects a wide variety of drugs (more than four); please understand that some strips might display more than a single drug result. In other words, you might see three or four drugs per strip, depending on the configuration you are using.

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How To Read The Oratect Saliva Drug Screen

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

You’ve collected the correct specimen amount and you are about to see the results. Since you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample using the collection pad, you just need to recap the device, and lay it on a flat surface so you can get the most accurate results, but it’s important to know how to read the Oratect Saliva Drug Screen results.

If everything has gone well, the results should start to show up in about 5 minutes after removing the device from the mouth. After that time, you should notice the results displaying a colored line next to the letter “C” (which stands for control) to tell you the test is running fine. If a line does not appear next to the control, then you must repeat the test with a new device.

However, it’s a little different when you look at the drug results. Based on if the drugs you are testing for are in the sample, you want to see a line next to the drug abbreviation, as it means negative. If you do NOT see any lines appear next to the drug abbreviation on the test strip, that means the sample is non-negative (a.k.a. positive) for that drug.

Instant Results

Another question that may pop into your mind may be “does a faint line mean there is some drug present in the urine?” Yes it does! The presence of a test line, regardless of how faint, indicates a negative result. Even if there is some drug in the urine, if the line is present, the urine does have the MINIMUM amount of drug needed, therefore it should be considered positive. If you are unsure, you could try again with a new test.

With that being said, it brings up another reminder that if you have a drug test device that detects a wide variety of drugs (more than four); please understand that some strips might display more than a single drug result. In other words, you might see three or four drugs per strip, depending on the configuration you are using.

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martes, 26 de mayo de 2015

How To Read The iCassette Drug Screen

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

 You’ve collected the specimen amount required and you are about to see the results. The good news is that you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample. Now you get to use the pipette (dripper) that comes with the test to dab a few (no more than 3) drops into the devices well(s). Administering this test really isn’t difficult at all, it’s important to know how to read the iCassette drug screen results.

The results should show up in about 5 minutes if everything has gone well and will be good for up to 4 hours after the test starts. No matter what the configurations you are testing for, the results panel should be displaying a line next to the letter “C” (which stands for control) to tell you the test is running fine. If a line does not appear next to the control, then you must presume the test as invalid and try a new drug test.

However, it’s a little different when you look at the drug results. Based on if the drugs you are testing for are in the sample, you want to see a line next to the drug abbreviation, as it means negative. If you do NOT see any lines appear next to the drug abbreviation on the test strip, that means the sample is non-negative (a.k.a. positive) for that drug.

Instant Results

Another question that may pop into your mind may be “does a faint line mean there is some drug present in the urine?” Yes it does! The presence of a test line, regardless of how faint, indicates a negative result. Even if there is some drug in the urine, if the line is present, the urine does have the MINIMUM amount of drug needed, therefore it should be considered positive. If you can’t decide if there is a faint line or not, you may want to re-test.

With that being said, it brings up another reminder that if you have a drug test device that detects a wide variety of drugs (more than four); please understand that some strips might display more than a single drug result. In other words, you might see three or four drugs per strip, depending on the configuration you are using.

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How To Read The DrugCheck Cotinine Cassette Test

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

You’ve collected the correct specimen amount and you are about to see the results. The good news is that you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample in a cup. Now you have to remove the cap from the dip card and allow the strips to soak up some of the sample for at least 10 to 15 seconds. Administering this test really isn’t difficult at all, it’s important to know how to read the DrugCheck cotinine cassette test dip card results.

The results should show up in about 5 minutes (or less) if everything has gone well. By that, I mean if no tampering of any kind has been done. No matter what drug you are testing for, the results panel should be displaying a line next to the letter “C” (which stands for control) to tell you the test is running fine. If a line does not appear next to the control, then you must presume the test as invalid and try a new drug test.

However, it’s a little different when you look at the drug results. Based on if the drug you are testing for is in the sample, you want to see a line next to the drug abbreviation, as it means negative. If you do NOT see any lines appear next to the drug abbreviation on the test strip, that means the sample is non-negative (a.k.a. positive) for that drug.

Instant Results

Another question that may pop into your mind may be “does a faint line mean there is some of the drug present in the urine?” Yes it does! The presence of a test line, regardless of how faint, indicates a negative result. Even if there is some drug in the urine, if the line is present, the specimen does have the MINIMUM amount of drug needed, therefore it should be considered positive. Should you have any doubts, perhaps you might want to re-test.

With that being said, it brings up another reminder that if you have a drug test device that detects a wide variety of drugs (more than four); please understand that some strips might display more than a single drug result. In other words, you might see three or four drugs per strip, depending on the configuration you are using.

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How To Read The DrugCheck NxStep Cup

You’ve collected the specimen amount required and you are about to see the results. The good news is that you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample. Now that the lid is screwed on tight, all that’s left is to pull open the label to reveal the results. Administering this test really isn’t difficult at all, it’s important to know how to read the DrugCheck NxStep cup results.

The results start to show up in about 5 minutes (or less) if everything has gone well. Here’s the tricky part, you don’t want to interpret the results after 10 minutes. No matter what the configurations you are testing for, the results panel should be displaying a line next to the letter “C” (which stands for control) to tell you the test is running fine. If a line does not appear next to the control, then you must presume the test as invalid and try a new drug test.

However, it’s a little different when you look at the drug results. Based on if the drugs you are testing for are in the sample, you want to see a line next to the drug abbreviation, as it means negative. If you do NOT see any lines appear next to the drug abbreviation on the test strip, that means the sample is non-negative (a.k.a. positive) for that drug.

Instant Results

Another question that may pop into your mind may be “does a faint line mean there is some drug present in the urine?” Yes it does! The presence of a test line, regardless of how faint, indicates a negative result. Even if there is some drug in the urine, if the line is present, the urine does have the MINIMUM amount of drug needed, therefore it should be considered positive. If you are unsure, you should consider performing another test.

With that being said, it brings up another reminder that if you have a drug test device that detects a wide variety of drugs (more than four); please understand that some strips might display more than a single drug result. In other words, you might see three or four drugs per strip, depending on the configuration you are using.

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How To Read A Noble Split-Specimen Cup

You’ve collected the specimen amount required and you are about to see the results. The good news is that you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample. Now that the lid is screwed on tight, you removed the key from the top and placed the security seal over it along with signing your initials; all that’s left is to pull open the label to reveal the results. This test really isn’t difficult to operate at all, but it’s important to know how to read the Noble Split-Specimen Cup results.

All of the results should show up in about 5 minutes (or less) if everything has gone well. By that, I mean if no tampering of any kind has been done. No matter what the configurations you are testing for, the results panel should be displaying a line next to the letter “C” (which stands for control) to tell you the test is running fine. If a line does not appear next to the control, then you must presume the test as invalid and try a new drug test.

However, it’s a little different when you look at the drug results. Based on if the drugs you are testing for are in the sample, you want to see a line next to the drug abbreviation, as it means negative. If you do NOT see any lines appear next to the drug abbreviation on the test strip, that means the sample is non-negative (a.k.a. positive) for that drug.

Instant Results

Another question that may pop into your mind may be “does a faint line mean there is some drug present in the urine?” Yes it does! The presence of a test line, regardless of how faint, indicates a negative result. Even if there is some drug in the urine, if the line is present, the urine does have the MINIMUM amount of drug needed, therefore it should be considered positive. If you are not sure, you may want to try again with a new test.

With that being said, it brings up another reminder that if you have a drug test device that detects a wide variety of drugs (more than four); please understand that some strips might display more than a single drug result. In other words, you might see three or four drugs per strip, depending on the configuration you are using. Afterwards, you can photocopy the results for record keeping purposes.

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jueves, 7 de mayo de 2015

Dietary Supplements And Stimulants

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

   People take all kinds of supplements to help fight against their vitamin deficiencies. If they feel they aren’t getting enough vitamin C, it’s easier to take a pill than to peel an orange. They’ll take vitamin A if they are not getting enough dairy, such as milk or cheese. Although, it’s not an exact science when it comes to taking supplements, still so many people try to keep that balance, but sometimes it could mean more harm than good, especially if a person is trying to lose weight or build up muscle tone. Sometimes, under the right circumstances and supervision of a medical professional, a little help may be needed.

Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had banned the use of ephedrine in 2005 as part of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 (incorporated into the Patriot Act), pharmaceutical companies that make dietary supplements have been scrambling around looking for the next best (if not better) thing to replace it. Technically, the rule was to ban the over-the-counter sales of medicines that contain the ingredient, pseudoephedrine, because drug abusers and other criminals were using it to manufacture methamphetamine, which is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that can be ingested by swallowing, inhaling, injecting, or smoking. The side effects include irritability, nervousness, insomnia, nausea, depression, and brain damage.

You can still buy medicines containing pseudoephedrine from behind-the-counter, but only a limited amount per individual each month and you are required to present photo ID. In addition, the stores are required to keep that personal information for at least two years. So basically, customers do not have direct access to the product before the sale is completed. If you were to try and go over the limit, you might want to expect a sudden visit from our friends at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

A similar action happened again in 2012, when the FDA warned 10 manufacturers to remove the stimulant known as Dimethylamylamine (DMAA) from their products after supplements containing the ingredient led to cases of liver failure so severe, some people who took them needed transplants. If you were to take DMAA in combination with other things such as caffeine, you can increase your chances of having a serious health risk. Ingestion of DMAA has been shown to elevate blood pressure and lead to other cardiovascular problems ranging from shortness of breath and tightening in the chest to heart attacks or worse yet, even death.

BMPEANow, it looks like we are seeing another action about to take place. According to a new study, there are popular weight-loss and workout supplements on the market today that contain a chemical nearly identical to amphetamine, a powerful stimulant that could cause serious harm to those using them. It’s actually an amphetamine isomer called Beta-methylphenylethylamine (BMPEA), and several of the big-named companies have been using it as an alternative to ephedrine in nearly a dozen supplements marketed for aiding workout and weight loss. Even with the spotlight on the issue now, the FDA had noticed BMPEA in supplements back in 2013. However, according to the researchers, no appropriate action to have it removed from all dietary supplements have been made.

So for more than two years after the FDA made their conclusion about the amphetamine-like substance, this new study led by Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and lead author on the study claims the FDA “should warn consumers immediately about BMPEA and take action to eliminate it from dietary supplements”. With all that being said, I guess you could say the old influential saying “buyers beware” could not have been more stressed in the past for these types of products. As of this moment under federal law, dietary supplements (with some exceptions) can only contain ingredients that are part of the food supply or that were already on the market before 1994.

The study’s finding, which was published in the journal “Drug Testing and Analysis,” revealed that the authors bought and analyzed 21 supplements that were marketed for weight loss and athletic performance labeled as containing Acacia Rigidula from online merchants from January through April 2014. With the help of mass spectrometry, BMPEA was detected in eleven of them, or 52% of the supplements were found to contain / test positive for BMPEA. To be clear, Acacia Rigidula does not naturally contain BMPEA. The Acacia Rigidula (blackbrush) is a shrub found growing on rocky ridges in southwest Texas and in the northern Mexico.

Acacia RigidulaSince the revelation, it has been classified as a doping agent by the World Anti-Doping Agency because it is closely related to amphetamine. Despite the fact that it was first synthesized in the 1930s as a replacement for amphetamine, it was never introduced as a pharmaceutical drug nor has the side effects ever studied in humans. However, there have been animal studies that found it increases heart rate and blood pressure. This issue is getting attention from members of Congress including U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D – New York) who said in a recent statement “The FDA has all the proof it needs to take these pills off shelves but consumers know none of the risks”.

However, we aren’t the only country that considers supplements as a serious risk. Britain officials had sent a letter in March of 2014 declaring that Acacia Rigidula does not meet European safety standards and could not be used as an ingredient. At the end of this past year, the Canadian government issued a recall for a product called JetFuel Superburn, which is distributed by company called Empire Health Distribution, because it contained “two undeclared amphetamine-like drug substances that pose serious health risks,” including BMPEA.

Nobody can say for sure what the real hazards are because there hasn’t been no real testing. All anybody can do is compare it with substances it replaced, like ephedra and DMAA. Honestly, you don’t know what to expect from a compound that is produced synthetically and added to the supplements without actual human clinical trial tests. With that type of production, consumers could be exposed to “pharmacological dosages of an amphetamine isomer that could cause an unknown / unlimited amount of dangers. What’s worse is if children were consuming the drug.

We, at Rapid Detect, aren’t saying that supplements are bad for you, we just asking you to be more aware of what you are putting into your body. Luckily, most of the supplements can be tested using a simple urine drug test, like the E-Z Integrated Key Cup. If you prefer the “Dip” method, we could recommend using one of our Rapid Detect Dip Cards. While we are on the subject, if you wanted to test for Anabolic Steroids, we offer the SteriodConfirm urine kit that can be used for home, school, & workplace testing!

If you or someone you know is taking any dietary supplements to aid in weight loss or for working out, there’s obviously a risk of danger if what is being used contains BMPEA. If you want to test or know someone who knowingly is abusing their supplements to get high due to the amphetamine, you may want to call and speak with one of our friendly knowledgeable sales consultants at (888) 404-0020 weekdays from 8am to 4pm CDT or send an email to them at sales@rapiddetect.com anytime. They will be able to answer your questions, consider your concerns, and help you with deciding which drug or alcohol test will be right for your needs within the respected boundaries of your budget. Rapid Detect is always here for you.

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Shake & Bake

By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

We’ve all heard the old phrase “try to build a better mouse trap”, when it comes to improving a product. How about “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”? Surely we all have used that phrase at some point or another. Here’s another one for you, “the only think constant is change”. That may be the cold hard truth when it comes to drug manufacturing. It’s like you’re “trying to outrun the wind” just to stay one step ahead of the drug labs. The funny thing is that these labs are getting smaller and harder to see. In fact, it’s starting to “shake things up” in the real world.

It’s not so new, but it is getting more common for drug abusers to use the “One Pot” Lab (a.k.a. “Shake & Bake”) method of methamphetamine manufacturing. No, it’s nothing to do with Kraft, but it does go to show that these users are getting more “crafty” with their work trying to hide it from the public. Here’s a question for you: would you know what it was if you saw it? Chances are, you may have already seen it and didn’t register in your mind that it was a miniature drug lab. This situation has gotten to the point that even the National Adopt-a-highway Program is requiring their volunteers to go through training that teach how to recognize the components of an abandoned mobile meth lab that someone threw away because they were done with it. Even after hours of being disposed of, the components could remain combustive making this a serious public health risk. That should be a wake-up call as scary as it may sound.

Shake & Bake ItemsThe setup allows methamphetamine makers to mix up the ingredients / chemicals in a single 2-liter soda pop bottle and setting it aside, or placing the bottle in a backpack and walking around with it. The movement will literally churn the ingredients and produce methamphetamine anywhere at almost any time, including while inside a vehicle when driving down the road. A dealer can have a product to sell in very little time. This process can make it difficult for police officers and federal agents to find.

It’s almost easier to make the drug than for the authorities to find where it is. Unfortunately, there are websites and videos that show (in great detail) how this method is done, hardware needed, and ingredients to manufacture this dangerous addicting drug. One website that I came across had the courtesy to offer an explicit warning before trying to make the drug, like it’s really going to matter. Unfortunately to a drug abuser, he or she probably won’t care to read the warning. It’s the drug manufacturing know-how that they’re after.

This method is designed to get around the laws that restrict selling of the ingredients needed to make it and officials are claiming the process is even more dangerous because if you make one wrong move, the bottle (along with chemicals) will explode into a large fireball when compared to the previous methamphetamine manufacturing labs. Anyone who uses the ‘shake and bake’ method basically has to mix unstable ingredients into a plastic bottle, but if the cap is removed too quickly or the plastic bottle is perforated, the mixture can be physically hazardous to anyone in close range. It’s just part of the risk they will go through to reach that “high” feeling.

However, if they were able to step outside the box, so to speak, and watch how it affects them, it might be a rude wake up call to reality. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, they say that people who abuse the drug, methamphetamine, in a long-term process may experience anxiety, confusion, insomnia, and mood disturbances and display violent behavior. They may also show symptoms of psychosis, such as paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations and delusions can occur at random. It can be much worse if consumed by someone who is already on prescription medicine, depending on the dosage.

That’s not the only health hazards one could face if he or she was inducing large amounts of methamphetamine into their bodies, it also raises the risk of contracting infectious diseases, such as HIV or Hepatitis B and C. Studies indicate that HIV causes more injury to neurons and greater cognitive impairment in individuals who are HIV-positive and use methamphetamine than it does in HIV-positive people who do not use the drug. Here’s another statistic that goes back to manufacturing, did you know that up to one-third of all burn patients in hospitals in the top meth-producing states are would-be meth makers.

Officer Holding Up Shake & Bake MethLet’s talk about what the other effects of methamphetamine usage can do, like threaten whole communities by causing more crime, unemployment, child neglect, or family member abuse to name a few social hinders. One thing that most people worry about is if someone they know or work with is using drugs. “Shake and Bake” can be made in a short time, such as during a lunch break, and consumed later. If you are a business owner or supervisor, this might be to your company’s drug testing program benefit to keep an eye and ear open for job performance or behavior changes. In fact, employers should look for signs of drug use in employees. Some signs of drug use include:

  • personality changes
  • bloodshot eyes
  • personal grooming and hygiene issues
  • unusual odors (methamphetamine vapors will percolate out of a person’s body)
  • open sores or is constantly scratching

 

Family members and employers may also need to pay attention to:

  • unexplained disappearances
  • avoiding friends and colleagues, or a sudden change of friends hanging around with different people
  • inconsistent work or loosing focus
  • increased absenteeism on the job or school
  • carelessness, mistakes or errors in judgment
  • needless risk taking
  • extended lunch periods and early departures
  • frequent financial problems
  • blaming others for their own shortcomings
  • complaints, excuses, and time off for vaguely-defined illnesses or family problems

Methamphetamine is nothing to play around with, both for the user and the person trying to help the user kick the habit. It’s a nasty drug that can take everything away from you, including your life, within a moment’s notice. Anytime addiction is in the mix, it’s a tricky situation. Users can overcome and with the right help, they can beat the habit. To get to that point, the user has to admit he or she has a problem. Next step is to get them some help or counseling. Helping them stay on the clean path is the right thing. Sometimes, it takes a situation or revelation to show the problem at hand. That’s why we, at Rapid Detect recommend drug testing those who fall under suspicion for drug abuse. You can’t afford to take any chances if you are the business owner.

Rapid Detect, INC is here for you weekdays from 8am to 4pm CDT at (888) 404-0020 or via email at sales@rapiddetect.com anytime. We offer several drug tests to choose from that will detect methamphetamine usage with lab-like accuracy, such as the iScreen Methamphetamine Drug Test that will screen a urine sample simply by dipping it, the iCassette Drug Screen Single Drug Test Pipette can check using a simple procedure, or if you want to go back up to 90 days prior to testing we could suggest using the HairConfirm Express 7 Panel Test. Any one of these tests will help you determine Methamphetamine use. If you have any questions about these or any other of our products, we invite you to see our website at www.rapiddetect.com anytime.

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