10 Panel Drug Test

Definition - What does 10 Panel Drug Test mean?

A 10 panel drug test refers to a drug test that looks for 10 substance groups. It can refer to an instant, or point of collection (POC) dipstick style test, or a more intensive laboratory based testing on samples such as hair instead of urine. The substances tested for may vary between 10 panel tests but often include amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, opioids (i.e., heroin and/or morphine), phencyclidine (PCP), barbiturates, benzodiazepines, methadone, propoxyphene, and methaqualone.

WorkplaceTesting explains 10 Panel Drug Test

Like 5 panel drug tests, 10 panel tests are identified by how many substances they can indicate. However, there is much more variance in what combination of substances are tested than in a 5 panel test and employers should make sure they are ordering the drug testing combination that best fits their needs.

POC testing includes collecting a urine specimen from a subject to identify specific drug metabolites that can remain in the system for several days. Marijuana is the longest detection window with the detection possibilities stretching up to 28 days in some circumstances. Alternative forms of 10 panel drug tests for laboratory testing are available for collecting blood, hair, and saliva samples at the requesting party’s discretion for selective drug test screening.

Custom 10 panel drug tests can also be created by some suppliers for employers who have specific drug testing needs.

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