Frequently asked questions about the 10-panel drug test

On Behalf of | Mar 9, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

Alabama has many methods to detect whether someone uses illegal drugs. One of the most often used testing methods is the 10-panel drug test. Often, companies or organizations use these tests to periodically drug test employees.

What can 10-panel drug tests detect?

The 10-panel test is often administered to people either seeking employment or those who have prior drug violations. Companies often use these tests because they can detect many substances, including marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine, PCP, opiates, methadone, propoxyphene, methaqualone, barbiturates and benzodiazepines.

How does someone take a 10-panel test?

A 10-panel drug test can analyze multiple bodily fluids, including urine or saliva. These tests can also analyze someone’s hair samples to check for prior drug use.

How far back can this test detect drugs?

There are a lot of variables as to how far back a 10-panel drug test can detect substance use. First, peoples’ bodies metabolize substances at different rates depending on their age, weight, body chemistry and more.

There’s also the fact that substances like opiates are only detectable for a few days. Substances such as barbiturates and marijuana can stay in your system for weeks. Besides that, hair sample tests can detect drugs in your system for up to 90 days.

Another variable is how often someone uses substances. For example, someone who smokes marijuana daily typically has a higher detection risk from testing than someone who smoked once three months ago.

While organizations use 10-panel drug tests on people, there’s no guarantee that they lawfully administer these tests. Targeting a specific person or type of person based on factors like race and gender is a violation of the Civil Rights Act and is therefore illegal.