A Methamphetamine Drug Test is available from Georgia On-Site Labs and is included in the standard 5-panel drug test. Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that produces similar effects to crack cocaine and if taken long-term, methamphetamine can cause psychosis and other unpleasant symptoms. Unlike cocaine, the metabolites produced from methamphetamine stay in the body for longer.
According to standard drug testing information, most 5-panel drug tests will be able to detect the presence of methamphetamine. The drug will show up in a methamphetamine urine drug test for between 3-7 days following drug use, so to avoid detection, you are advised to stay clean for between 2 and 5 days prior to a planned methamphetamine urine drug test.
Methamphetamine use is very common across the U.S., and it has side effects that are far worse than those of marijuana. Meth users can become paranoid, aggressive, and violent as a side effect of the drug. No employer wants to deal with an employee with attitude problems or one who is ready to argue or fight while on the job. Yet, meth is readily available everywhere. Recently, the largest bust ever occurred in Sacramento, California where $200 million dollars of crystal meth was found. Meth labs have been discovered all across the U.S.
Meth Labs are becoming a real nightmare problem
Signs of a methamphetamine lab include large quantities of common household products. Used as directed, these household products are generally safe. Mixed together or used improperly, they can become explosive and produce toxic fumes. One of the first indicators of a meth lab is the storing of large amounts of household items such as the following; Acetone, Alcohol (isopropyl or rubbing), Anhydrous ammonia and ammonium sulfate (fertilizer), Battery acid (sulfuric acid), Bleach, Coleman fuel, Drain cleaner (sulfuric acid or caustic soda), Drain openers such as Red Devil, lye, Heet, and Iso-Heet, gasoline additives (methanol/alcohol), Hydrogen peroxide, Iodine (both crystal and liquid,) Lithium batteries, Matches (red phosphorous), Mineral Spirits, Muriatic acid. Also over the counter cold pills containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, Salt (table or rock), Sodium and Lithium metal, Starting Fluid (organic ether), Toluene Trichloroethane (gun cleaning solvent).
Equipment commonly associated with meth labs:
Equipment, Aluminum foil, Bed sheets, Blenders, Bottles; such as pop, water and milk bottles, Chemistry glassware, Camp stoves, Cheesecloth, Coffee filters, Cotton balls, Duct tape, Electric portable hot plates, single and double, Funnels, Garden spray jugs, Gas cans, Jugs, Paper towels, pH test strips, Plastic tubing, Pressure cookers, Propane tanks and thermos Pyrex dishes, Rags, Rubber and latex gloves, Strainers, Swimming pool chemicals, Thermometers, and Turkey basting wands.
Unusual behavior by residential tenants / building occupants may be indicators of a meth lab:
- Access denied to landlords, neighbors, and other visitors
- Chemical staining on walls and floors
- A multitude of expensive home items such as stereos with no visible means of support
- Cash purchases and payments
- Covering or blacking-out of windows
- Security measures such as cameras or baby monitors outside of buildings
- Guard dogs
- Unusual traffic patterns, such as excessive night traffic or large numbers of visitors with short stays
- Burn pits, stained soil or dead vegetation indicating dumped chemicals or waste from a meth lab
- Abnormal chemical odors not normally associated with apartments, houses or buildings.
- These odors may be similar to sweet, bitter, ammonia or solvent smells.
- Large amounts of household chemicals found in odd places such as: Bathrooms, Kitchens, Laundry rooms, Motel rooms, Illegal dump sites, and unauthorized dumpster use: Waste cans or dumpsters emitting strong chemical odors.
- Trash or waste in pits or illegal dumps containing items such as:
- Rags with red and/or yellow stains
- Large number of pill blister packaging from over-the-counter cold, diet or allergy remedies
- Empty containers from white gas, ether, starting fluids, lye or drain openers, paint thinner, acetone, or alcohol
- Compressed gas cylinders, or camp stove (Coleman) fuel containers
- Packaging from Epsom salts or rock salt
- Propane tanks or coolers containing strong ammonia odors
- Pyrex/glass/Corning containers, with dried chemical deposits remaining
- Bottles or containers connected with rubber hosing and duct tape Coolers, thermos bottles, or other cold storage containers
- Respiratory masks and filters or dust masks
- Funnels, hosing and clamps
- Discarded rubber or latex gloves
- Coffee filters, pillow cases or bed sheets stained red (used to filter red phosphorous), or containing a white powdery residue
IF YOU SUSPECT A METH LAB:
Leave the site at once and report it Do not open any coolers, container or boxes Do not touch any items Don’t shut off any electrical supplies Limit time inside scene Handling meth chemicals and/or meth lab waste residue can burn your skin and eyes. Breathing the gases can cause respiratory damage Try not to alert the suspects of your suspicions, CALL 911
With all the associated problems, Methamphetamine drug testing is vital in the work place.
To follow is an article from a government website on drug abuse:
Methamphetamine (also called meth, crystal, chalk, and ice, among other terms) is an extremely addictive stimulant drug that is chemically similar to amphetamine. It takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder.
How Is Methamphetamine Abused?
Methamphetamine is taken orally, smoked, snorted, or dissolved in water or alcohol and injected. Smoking or injecting the drug delivers it very quickly to the brain, where it produces an immediate, intense euphoria. Because the pleasure also fades quickly, users often take repeated doses, in a “binge and crash” pattern.
How Does Methamphetamine Affect the Brain?
Methamphetamine increases the amount of the neurotransmitter dopamine, leading to high levels of that chemical in the brain. Dopamine is involved in reward, motivation, the experience of pleasure, and motor function. Methamphetamine’s ability to release dopamine rapidly in reward regions of the brain produces the euphoric “rush” or “flash” that many users experience. Repeated methamphetamine use can easily lead to addiction—a chronic, relapsing disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use.
Is Meth a Prescription Drug?
Methamphetamine can be prescribed by a doctor to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other conditions, although it is rarely used medically, and only at doses much lower than those typically abused. It is classified as a Schedule II drug, meaning it has high potential for abuse and is available only through a prescription that cannot be refilled.
People who use methamphetamine long-term may experience anxiety, confusion, insomnia, and mood disturbances and display violent behavior. They may also show symptoms of psychosis, such as paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations, and delusions (for example, the sensation of insects crawling under the skin).
Chronic methamphetamine use is accompanied by chemical and molecular changes in the brain. Imaging studies have shown changes in the activity of the dopamine system that are associated with reduced motor skills and impaired verbal learning. In studies of chronic methamphetamine users, severe structural and functional changes have been found in areas of the brain associated with emotion and memory, which may account for many of the emotional and cognitive problems observed in these individuals.
Some of these brain changes persist long after methamphetamine use is stopped, although some may reverse after being off the drug for a sustained period (e.g., more than 1 year).
How is Meth Made?
Most of the methamphetamine abused in the United States is manufactured in “superlabs” here or, more often, in Mexico. But the drug is also easily made in small clandestine laboratories, with relatively inexpensive over-the-counter ingredients such as pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient in cold medicines. To curb production of methamphetamine, pharmacies and other retail stores are required by law to keep logs of purchases of products containing pseudoephedrine; individuals may only purchase a limited amount of those products on a single day.
Methamphetamine production also involves a number of other, very hazardous chemicals. Toxicity from these chemicals can remain in the environment around a methamphetamine production lab long after the lab has been shut down, causing a wide range of health problems for people living in the area.
What Are the Other Health Effects of Methamphetamine and is Methamphetamine drug testing important?
Taking even small amounts of methamphetamine can result in many of the same physical effects as those of other stimulants, such as cocaine or amphetamines. These include increased wakefulness, increased physical activity, decreased appetite, increased respiration, rapid heart rate, irregular heart-beat, increased blood pressure, and increased body temperature.
Long-term methamphetamine use has many negative consequences for physical health, including extreme weight loss, severe dental problems (“meth mouth”), and skin sores caused by scratching. Methamphetamine use also raises the risk of contracting infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis B and C. These can be contracted both by sharing contaminated drug injection equipment and through unsafe sex. Regardless of how it is taken, methamphetamine alters judgment and inhibition and can lead people to engage in these and other types of risky behavior.
Methamphetamine use may also worsen the progression of HIV/AIDS and its consequences. Studies indicate that HIV causes more injury to neurons and greater cognitive impairment in individuals who are HIV-positive and use methamphetamine than it does in HIV-positive people who do not use the drug.
Methamphetamine Drug Testing is available from Georgia On-Site Lab Testing.
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