Drug Screening

Panorama City Urgent Care

Family Practice and Urgent Care located in Panorama City, CA

Drug screening is a standard requirement in many situations including pre-employment, certifications, and during addiction recovery programs. Panorama City Urgent Care in Panorama City, California, offers a full-service laboratory for drug screening and knowledgeable staff to support you during your visit. To schedule a drug screening, call Panorama City Urgent Care or book an appointment online today.

Drug Screening Q & A

Panorama City Urgent Care

What is a drug screening?

Drug testing and screenings are done to check your system for controlled substances. There are several types of drug screening methods, including:

  • Hair
  • Urine
  • Blood
  • Breath
  • Saliva
  • Sweat

The most common drug screening method uses a urine sample provided during your visit. Panorama City Urgent Care offers convenient on-site laboratory services to simplify the drug screening process so you can have fast results.

Why are drug screenings done?

Drug screenings are a common requirement for many employers. This might be done to eliminate job candidates who have dependency issues and also ensure safety on the job. Your employer might also implement routine drug testing for several reasons, including:

  • Protecting the general public
  • Instilling consumer confidence
  • Deterring alcohol and drug use
  • Compliance with state or federal regulations
  • Workers’ Compensation Premium Discount programs

Regular drug screening is often a part of addiction recovery programs. If you’re being treated for opioid addiction associated with heroin, morphine, or oxycodone, you might be receiving Suboxone® to relieve your symptoms. This medication doesn’t show up on standard drug panels.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a combination of drugs that mimic some of the effects of opioids, or opiates. Its primary use is preventing opioid cravings and easing withdrawal symptoms. Because of the chemical makeup of Suboxone, it never produces the “high” associated with other opioid medications.

When you receive Suboxone, it's essential to work closely with your doctor and take your medication as directed. Stopping suddenly or without your doctor's approval can lead to withdrawal symptoms and negatively impact your dependency treatment.

What substances show up on a drug test?

A standard drug screening is a 5-panel drug test. This type of testing screens for several substances, including:

  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Opiates like heroin and morphine
  • Amphetamines and methamphetamines

More extensive drug screenings include a 10-panel test. This test also looks for benzodiazepines, methadone, barbiturates, methaqualone, and propoxyphene.

The length of time substances can be detected in a drug screening varies based on their type and the method of testing used.

Call Panorama City Urgent Care or schedule your drug screening online today.