Ketamine Drug Tests

Ketamine is not tested for in standard or advanced drug tests. It is not included on the list of drugs the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) uses for employee drug testing purposes. The SAMHSA 5 includes the following drugs:

  • Marijuana, Hash
  • Cocaine (including crack)
  • Amphetamines
  • Opiates (heroin, opium, morphine, codeine)
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)

This list of drugs is commonly known as the SAMHSA 5. Companies that employ commercial drivers are required to set up a drug testing program. Federal regulations in the United States require these employers to test for the five drugs listed above, and Special K is not something that would be tested for, unless there was reason to suspect that an individual was using it.

Specific Drug Tests for Special K

However if a specific test was requested, norketamine, the breakdown product of Ketamine, is detectable in blood and urine for 7-14 days and "sometimes far longer" in heavy users.

A blood test is the most expensive form of drug testing available. But it's also the most accurate one. Ketamine is difficult to detect in its true form; the body starts to break it down quickly. Since testing for cat valium isn't part of a standard tox screen, it must be ordered by a health care professional.

Urine tests are relatively inexpensive for drug testing purposes. They are non-invasive, and only require the subject to provide a sample after arriving at the testing facility. Once the urine sample has been obtained, it can be tested for ketamine. Some testing kits only require the tester to dip a specially treated strip into the urine to determine whether someone has been taking ketamine.

K can also be detected in a hair sample. When this type of test is ordered, it can show a history of drug use. Depending on where the norketamine is detected on the hair sample, the results will indicate a time frame for when the drug was used.

How to Beat a Ketamine Drug Test

Many people who have taken Special K are wondering how long the drug will stay in their system and if there are things they can do to beat a ketamine test by looking for a solution to the problem on the Internet. There is plenty of misinformation online, and it doesn't take long to find web sites offering hints and tricks to beat the test.

Some of the more common suggestions offered to beat a ketamine drug test include having a clean friend provide a urine sample that can be used for testing purposes or one of the following:

  • Special mouthwash
  • Cleansing shampoos
  • Detoxifying tea
  • Detoxifying drinks
  • Capsules
  • Softgels

These types of products are readily available online, and even though some web sites guarantee that a customer who uses one of them will pass a drug test, none of these methods are foolproof. The only way that a person can guarantee that they will be able to pass a drug test is to avoid using or being exposed to drugs in any way. (A person who inhales smoke from a controlled substance may potentially test positive, even though he or she didn't use it themselves.)

If ketamine use is causing someone to have concerns about their job (either about getting hired or hanging onto it), it may be time to take a good, long look at whether using the drug is worth it. There are ketamine rehabilitation programs and ketamine treatment centers located around the country that are staffed by people who can help people to break free from the psychological hold this drug has on them and move on to a more positive future.

Learn more about ketamine rehab centers. Here is a list of addiction recovery programs such as Narcotics Anonymous. Or call 1-866-675-4912 to find out more about treatment options.

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