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Amphetamine Drug Tests
A person may be asked to take a drug test after receiving an employment offer and before starting work. Drug tests may also be ordered by the court when parents are locked in a custody battle. In a case where there have been allegations of drug use, many judges will order a drug test as a matter of course. Other situations where drug tests may be conducted include:
- Random testing.
- Reasonable suspicion/cause testing.
- Post-accident testing.
- Return to duty testing.
- Follow-up testing.
People who are involved in rehab programs will also be asked to submit to drug tests as part of their treatment and recovery process. If they are under a court order to go to a drug treatment program, the tests and the results they indicate will be a part of their reality for some time.
Types of Drug Tests for Bennies
Drug tests that can detect the presence of amphetamines or methamphetamine include:
- Urine tests
- Hair analysis tests
- Saliva tests
Urine tests are commonly used to test for a number of illicit drugs, including speed. Versions of this test designed to screen for multiple drugs can detect the most commonly abused substances.
Hair analysis tests are conducted using a small sample of the subject's hair. Some tests only require a piece of hair the size of the tip of a shoelace for testing purposes. To obtain accurate results, the hair sample is taken at the scalp line.
Saliva tests can be used to detect the presence of methamphetamine. The collection process is simple and since the person being tested never leaves the tester's presence, the possibility of the sample being tampered with or switched is eliminated.
How Long Do Amphetamines Stay in Your System
If an individual has used bennies or meth, the drug be detected in the urine for 48-72 hours. Methamphetamine can be detected for between 48-96 hours after use.
The exact length of time that uppers can be detected is not an exact science. The exact length of time the drug can be detected using a standard test will depend on a number of factors, including:
- Amount of drug used
- Body size
- Fluid intake
- Length of usage
- Method of ingestion
- Percentage of body fat
Amphetamine users should keep in mind that simply because they have passed a drug test, it doesn't mean that the drug has left their system entirely. It only means that there wasn't a high enough level in his or her body to trigger a positive reading.
Limitations of Drug Tests for Uppers
A problem with submitting to a drug test is that the test cannot differentiate between prescribed medications, such as Ritalin or Adderall, and street drugs. An individual who has been asked to submit to a drug test should make a list of all the medications, both prescription and over the counter, that he or she has been taking within the past 30 days. The testing facility will likely ask for this information before conducting the test.
Amphetamines are tested for in standard drug tests, although they can be confused with a variety of everyday medicines. See here for a complete list.
False Positives on a Drug Test for Speed
No drug test is 100 percent accurate, and testing facilities report a false positive rate of between 5 and 14 percent. In a situation where the person undergoing the test believes that their results came up positive in error, the test should be repeated.
How to Pass an Amphetamine Urine Test
Many people who are faced with taking a urine test for amphetamines or methamphetamine are wondering if they can avoid getting a positive result by searching for tips and tricks online. While there are web sites suggesting that using someone else's urine, drinking a detox solution, drinking huge quantities of water or insisting that the test be conducted in the afternoon (to lower the concentration of the drug in the urine), none of these methods will guarantee a negative result.
If using uppers is getting in the way of someone getting (or keeping) a job, interfering with personal relationships or other significant consequences, it may be time to consider getting professional help to deal with the dependency they have developed. There are amphetamine rehabilitation programs and methamphetamine treatment centers that can help an addict break free from the cycle of addiction and move forward to sober living.
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