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Lora Davis

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Every organization wants to create a drug-free workplace to ensure safe, healthy and productive working environment. In addition to the organizations’ personal interest, the federal laws compel employers to take action against drug usage at the workplace. One of the common and effective methods employed by employers to assure a drug-free environment is the use of workplace drug testing kits.

These 5 panel drug test kits are similar to the regular ones except for the fact that they can detect several drugs at a time using a single specimen. The various drugs which can be detected by these test kits and they are otherwise known as the SAMHSA 5 drugs which were previously called as NIDA 5 and are quite popular at workplaces. SAMHSA 5 drugs include Marijuana (THC), Cocaine (COC), Amphetamines (AMP), Opiates (OPI) and Phencyclidine (PCP).

When it comes to drug testing, the usage of drug test kits becomes imperative. It is not only because of their ease of use but also for accurate and quick results. You can easily use one to confirm the drug abuse, if you know the substance one used. But what if you are not sure of the drug you are validating, you may need to test for several drugs to discover the drug your employee has used; this is where the 5 panel drug test kits come into play. In contrast to the regular workplace testing kits, which can detect only single drug, the 5-panel drug test kit looks for various drugs using a single sample. Testing employees using single drug test kits is associated with some issues such as repeated procedures, employee privacy, higher testing costs, etc. The usage of the 5 panel drug test kits helps the employers cut down on all these problems; the most prominent benefits associated with these kits include:

Check for multiple drugs: The 5 panel drug test kits check for the most popularly used drugs, as well as some uncommon illicit drugs of abuse. This leaves no chance for the employee to escape from being identified for his drug abuse. Employees can rarely afford or use the drugs which are not detected by them.

Comfortable for employees: These drug test kits can detect many drugs of abuse using a single specimen. Hence, the employer need not approach the employee every time for sample collection. This makes the testing convenient and less invasive for the employees.

Save costs: Testing every employee for each and every drug, by using drug specific kits will increase the drug testing costs for the employers. Instead, opting for the 5 panel drug test kit will reduce the costs, by enabling the employer to use one single kit to test for a combination of various drugs.

Simple and easy to use: Employers can use the 5 panel drug test kits easily like any other drug test kits. Also, these simple to use kits do not require any professional assistance, which makes them perfect to be used at workplaces anytime. Moreover, these kits do not take more than 5 minutes to show the results, making it possible to take quick action against drug usage.


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