How Far Back Can A Urine Test Detect Drugs?

Forget the details you read on typical blog posts about the duration drugs remain in your system and can be tested positive through a urine test. On a typical basis, the duration of time that a drug can be detected in the system depends on several factors such as:

• The type of test
• Tolerance
• Dose
• Metabolisms
• Potency, and
• The existence of medical conditions

Most online blog posts, in an order to promote drug detection and shampoos that remove drugs from hair follicles typically state that the presence of drugs in urine does not last for more than seven days. They then go on to scare the reader by stating that they should detoxify their hair and remove toxins in its follicles with their special shampoo, some of them containing aloe vera. Can you imagine the situation if an individual used such shampoos after taking Benzodiazepines, which can be detected through a urine test for up to six weeks (find a detailed list at the end of the article)? Forget the hair follicle test, which is typically used as a last resort. They will fail miserably in the urine detection test.

The number of pre-employment drug tests is typically limited to drugs that have the potential for abuse, which includes alcohol and some prescription drugs. Apart from this, drug testing for athletes may be needed for Olympic, professional, and college-level. Some of the performance boosting drugs and Illegal recreational drugs include:

• Alcohol
• Anabolic steroids
• Diuretics
• Recombinant HGF (human growth factors)
• Erythropoietin, and other drugs listed on the prohibited list of the WADA

These tests are required for persons interested in participating in competitive sports. In case WADA confirms the presence of banned substances in their urine, they will ban them from taking part in competitive sports for several years. In the case of a second offense, a lifetime ban will be imposed on them.

Employees too conduct drug tests on new employees before hiring them. They do so because individuals taking drugs do not have the focus or concentration required to carry our important office work. This rule is all the tougher when somebody applies for employment in positions such as hospitals, railways, federal transportation, airline industries, and in other industries where public safety is paramount. Can you imagine the scenario if a pilot lost control of his airplane when under the influence of drugs? It is the same when a surgeon is carrying out an intricate operation. You can be sure that you will not receive employment even in common workplaces if you test positive for drugs, as this impacts the overall productivity of the office, raises safety concerns and has the possibility to promote drug abuse to other coworkers.

If you seriously want to take part in competitive sports or want to successfully land up with a job, you should stop taking drugs immediately. Apart from ruining your career, they, in the long term, seriously ruin your health too.

For your information, the type of drug used determines the time they remain present in urine. Here is a comprehensive list of drugs and the duration they can be detected through urine tests:

• Amphetamines can be detected for one to three days
• Cannabis has a retention period of seven to 30 days
• Benzodiazepines remain for a whopping three to six weeks
• Barbiturates are traceable for two to four days
• Codeine remains for a maximum of 24 hours
• Cocaine remains in the urine for three to four days
• Heroin lasts for the same period as Cocaine
• Ecstasy stays for the same duration as Heroin
• Methadone can be detected for three to four days
• Methamphetamine can be detected for three to six days
• Morphine remains in the urine for two to three days