As a lab assistant you may be tasked with testing for drugs on students, players or employees. Law enforcement officers in the drug-related departments also face this task. Many times, you will be faced with the dilemma of having to decide on which are the best test equipment to use. The testing kits used to test for drugs should give accurate and unchanged results. Failure to deliver accurate results or giving results that can be annulled reduces the reliability of the kits and the officer using them.
Different drugs being tested will determine the components of the drug testing kits. There is an exception for certain components that should be present in almost all kits. Alcohol, for example, can be tested using a urine or blood test or simply use a breath testing equipment. Collection cups to collect samples are some of the components of a complete drug testing kit. After collecting samples, the actual testing is done on test cups or cards. The final results of the tests will be defined by using adulteration strips and bluing tablets. These two as indicators for the chemical composition of a sample.
There are must-have requirements for the best drug testing kit. How easy it is to use a testing kit is the first thing to look into. It is very unrealistic for the test kit to be too bulky such that its mobility is hard. The kit should both be portable and not complicated. In this way, even the individuals being tested have no room for doubting your tests.
The speed of a professional drug testing kit is the other thing to be considered. Having a test equipment that delivers results within the shortest time possible is one thing every drug testing official seeks to have. The longer a drug test takes to give results, the more unreliable it becomes. Products used should, therefore, give results within a few minutes or if possible, instantly.
Everyone of us has heard of instances where drug test results were tampered with. Professional drug testing kits should provice proof of tampering. This is because the accuracy of the test is the most important aspect being sought when any test is ordered.
The applicability of the testing kit to work on a variety of samples is the last thing to look at. Depending on the case at hand, a variety of samples may be collected. Body fluids are the most commonly used samples for drug testing. Some scenarios like that of an airport setting where an official is not only expected to check the travelers but their luggage too, make it necessary to test other samples other than body fluids. The kit chosen for such scenarios should, therefore, be able to work for samples such as residues on surfaces, tablets, liquids and even powders.