TYPES OF HEROIN DRUG TESTING
Heroin is a very dangerous and addictive drug. It belongs to the group of pain-relieving drugs known as narcotics. Although some narcotics such as morphine or codeine are generally prescribed by doctors for relief from pain, heroin is prohibited for the dangerous side effects that it could have on the patient and due it its highly addictive nature. The drug gives a sudden rush of good feelings. The user feels high and relaxed. This state is usually followed by drowsiness and a sick feeling in the stomach.
WHAT IS HEROIN AND HOW IS IT TAKEN?
Heroin is made from a flower called opium poppy. This flower grows in Asia, South America and Mexico. Pure heroin is black in color and tastes very bad. However, some forms of heroin are in dark brown. While the drug can be injected or smoked, the purer forms of the drug are usually inhaled. Most people, who are addicted to this drug, inject it into veins with the use of needles. When it is taken for long period of time, the needle marks, also referred to as, tracks turn into permanent scars.
HOW LONG DOES HEROIN STAY REMAIN IN THE BODY?
A period for which any drug stays in an individual’s body usually depends on several factors such as body mass, age, sex, physical activity, health conditions, amount of consumption, frequency of consumption and other such. However, according to the general estimates, heroin could stay in your blood for 6 hours, urine for 2-4 days and saliva for 1-4 days. Like most of the other drugs, it remains in your hair for about 3 months.
HEROINE DRUG TESTING METHODS
There are 4 ways to detect the presence of heroin in an individual’s body. They are – urine test, saliva test, blood test and hair test.
Standard urine tests can detect the presence of heroine in one’s body within 24-48 hours after the use. Urine test is the most commonly used test to know whether a person has taken heroin or not. This test is both affordable and easy to administer. There are two stages of test. The first stage involves the collection of urine sample from the suspect and the second stage is the testing process.
Saliva tests are increasingly becoming popular way of testing to detect the use of illicit drugs. This method of testing is non-invasive which involves the collection of a swab from the suspect’s mouth. Saliva tests are used to detect the use of heroin for long period as it stays in the saliva for 1-4 days.
Blood test is more expensive test to detect heroin use when compared to other tests. It is proved to give more accurate results than any other test. It needs trained medical personnel for the collection of sample. It is the most expensive test to administer.
Hair test reveals the use of heroin over a week ago. It is relatively less expensive than blood test. It gives accurate results and is a less invasive method than blood test. A sample of hair is taken for analysis.