Everyone knows drinking and driving is a serious epidemic, which is why there are various practices, devices, and regulations put in place to ensure the safety of all others on the road. These devices commonly include breathalyzers, which have been long used as a reliable source in determining one’s blood alcohol level.
However, we are all also aware of the horrific opioid epidemic sweeping our nation at a frightening pace. While marijuana is the 2nd most commonly detected drug in the blood of those who have been in a collision, nearly 50% of people who were involved in fatal car accidents tested positive for an opioid or prescription drug in the year 2010. We at FastestLabs® can only imagine this number has worsened through the years.
Types of Opioids
There are three main types of opioids: Natural Opiates, Semi-Synthetic Opioids, and Fully Synthetic Opioids. Natural opiates are made with a naturally occurring compound found in plants like the opium poppy. Semie-synthetic use parts of the natural compound and fully synthetic only use chemical compounds that were manmade.
List of Opioid Names:
Brand Names and Other Names for Opioids:
- Oramorph SR
- Cough Syrup
Opioid Drug Testing: Why Isn’t It More Simple?
While there is a sincere need in the market for a device to accurately test whether one is under the influence of drugs while driving, developing this kind of item is not yet possible. There are a number of obstacles, such as measuring the substance’s vapor pressure, as well as the fact that it would take too long to measure THC or other drug-inducing properties.
However, we at FastestLabs® are on the lookout for an innovative product. Our CEO, Dave Claflin, highlights Lifeloc Technologies for its current research of an accurate, reliable, and cost-effective breath test for drugs. Learn more about drug breathalyzers in our other blog post.
Contact Us for Testing Labs Results
The testing lab industry is in great demand. If you a company or business owner considering the health status of your employees, our team at FastestLabs® welcomes you.
Contact us today to learn more about our drug testing services and how we can assist your business during the current opioid crisis.