UKDT’s 13 Drug Test Cup

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Drug testing in the workplace is only effective if it can be done as rapidly as possible. This means that the collection method should be quick and shouldn’t require the use of complex equipment. The drug testing method should also be able to deliver the results in a short space of time. To avoid having to repeat the collection and testing process, the drug testing method should also be able to test for more than one drugs at a time.

In the recent past, the 10 drug test cups have been the industry’s standard but now 13 drug test cups have become available in the market. These new versions of the cup are able to screen for more drugs which is a very important factor. Much like other parts of the world, the UK has been faced with an influx of new illegal substances- many whose effects are not yet fully understood.

What do the testing cups offer?

  1. The 13 drug cup allows you to check for the presence of drugs in up to 13 drug groups. The groups in question are Cannabis, Cocaine, Opiates, Amphetamine, Ecstasy, Ketamine, Methamphetamine, Methadone, Barbiturates, Buprenorphine, Benzodiazepines, TCA and PCP.
  2. The cups have a 3 pad adulteration check plus a urine temperature strip.
  3. The additional functionality doesn’t come at an extra price and you can get the cups at the same price as the previous 10 drug test cups.

Significance of testing for new drugs

The increased range of drugs that can be tested using the 13 drug cup reflects a growing problem of new drugs that are being introduced to the market. Some of these drugs are derived from unknown sources while some of them are synthetically produced. Synthetic or designer drugs are becoming a problem since their effects are only understood and there aren’t enough tests available for them as yet.

Drugs in the sedative group such as methadone, barbiturates, Benzodiazepines and TCA’s are also becoming a problem. Many of these drugs are available as prescription medication but this doesn’t mean that their effects are any less dangerous. The sedatives have a tranquilizing effect and this may be dangerous in the workplace when a person is required to execute activities that require alertness, for example, driving.

Dealing with adulteration

Urine based drug testing has not been very effective in the past due to the problem of adulteration. Adulteration is the addition of a substance or substances that result in the urine sample giving a false negative result in certain tests. The adulterants can be as simple as table salt, lemon juice or vinegar. Sometimes, the urine samples may also be switched with a clean sample.

The new cup test attempts to provide more ways of quickly detecting whether or not a urine sample has been adulterated. Normally, it requires complex tests to detect adulteration of urine in a laboratory. There is also a temperature strip which can be used to check whether the urine is at the right temperature. A temperature that is too low or too high may indicate that the urine sample is not fresh.

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