Which Drugs are Tested?

 

The standard drug screen used in Canada is based upon the recommendations of a document called the Canadian Model for Providing a Safe Workplace.  This document was created by the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) and is updated every few years to stay relevant.  The Canadian Model, currently on it’s 5th version, recommends employers use a 5-panel drug screen which includes the following drugs:

  1. Marijuana (THC)
  2. Cocaine
  3. Phencyclidine (PCP)
  4. Amphetamines
  5. Opiates (Lab-based includes 6-Acetylmorphine, a derivative of heroin)

While the 5-panel drug screen is fine, it fails to screen for many of the prescription drugs that are often abused.  For that reason, HCC recommends using a 12-panel drug screen, which includes the following drugs:

  1. Marijuana (THC)
  2. Cocaine
  3. Phencyclidine (PCP)
  4. Amphetamines
  5. Opiates (Lab-based includes 6-Acetylmorphine, a derivative of heroin)
  6. Methamphetamine
  7. Methadone
  8. Barbiturates
  9. Benzodiazepines
  10. Oxycodone (Oxycontin)
  11. Ecstasy (MDMA)
  12. Propoxyphene

Stand alone drug panels can be added to either the 5-panel or 12-panel drug test or can be tested as a single drug.  Any of the above mentioned drugs can be tested as a stand-alone drug in addition to:

  1. Fentanyl
  2. Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB)

If you require a drug test that is not listed above, please contact us and we will check and see if testing is available for said drug.  Custom drug panels may be available in some situations.

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