These are the tools that are used to check for illicit drugs. The drug test kits are used by employers, hospitals, law enforcement, and even homes. It is estimated around the world there are millions of people who are using these illicit drugs but most will are not honest about doing it because it is illegal and they do not want to get in trouble with the law. There are several different testing kits with the biggest difference between all of them is what illicit drugs they are designed to detect. Some can detect multiple drugs while others only detect a certain drug.

For example:

• 10-panel drug test kit-it has the ability to detect opiates, cannabinoids, PCP, amphetamines, cocaine, methamphetamines, methadone, barbiturates, and others.
• 5-panel drug test kit-it has the ability to detect opiates, cannabinoids, PCP, cocaine, and amphetamines.

Another difference in such kits is the method that is used to collect a sample to test. Three examples of bodily materials that can be used are urine, hair, and saliva with urine being the most common body fluid tested. It is usually the least expensive material to examine. There are also a number of limitations on these kits. One limitation is that even if the kit detects that drugs were used they cannot usually determine how long ago they were taken. Another limitation is the results may be different for two different people who have taken the same drug on the same day and identical drug test kits were used. One could test negative for drug use while the other tested positive. The reason that there are different results on the tests is numerous metabolic facts determine just how fast someone’s body eliminates the traces of the illicit drug they have taken. These drug test kits will generally not determine whether a person has or has ever taken drugs but will only determine if there are substances are present in the body when the drug test was administered.

The availability of these kits has increased because of the popularity of these tests. In times past it was rare to hear about a person have a drug test done outside of a medical laboratory or facility. Today many businesses are purchasing equipment so they can administer pre-employment drug screening on site as part of the job application process. When an employee is injured on the job the employer can administer such a kind of test to see if they had any illicit drugs in their system at the time of the accident. Today you can purchase these kits in drugstores, department stores, and on the internet. Some parents purchase them to see if their children are doing drugs.