Ecstasy Drug Testing
Ecstasy drug testing is used to determine if an individual is using ecstasy. These tests can be done by private individuals as well as employers to find out if future or present employees are using ecstasy. Ecstasy drug testing varies a lot based on who is doing the testing, the company used to determine the test, expense, expectations, federal requirements, and so on.
Ecstasy drug testing is not a viable recovery solution for drug abuse. However, it can be a powerful deterrent for the child until real help such as drug abuse treatment takes place. There are several goals that can be achieved through ecstasy drug testing. The first is that it deters children from initially trying ecstasy and other drugs. Second, it is a method to help identify children who have just begun experimenting with ecstasy and other drugs. Lastly, it helps to identify children who have already developed an ecstasy drug addiction or have a serious drug abuse problem.
The government has guidelines regarding ecstasy drug testing. These were created by NIDA-The National Institute on Drug Abuse and SAMHSA-the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. They mandate that companies that use commercial class driver’s licenses for their employees must have a drug testing system. This test is required to test for five specific groups of drugs. Due to these standard requirements many drug abuse testing companies check for these five common categories.
The five most common drug groups that are tested for are cannabinoids (marijuana, hash), cocaine (cocaine, crack, benzoylecognine), amphetamines (amphetamines, methamphetamine, speed), opiates (heroin, opium, codeine, morphine), and phencyclidine (PCP). There are five main ways of drug abuse testing an individual: urine, blood, hair, saliva, and sweat. Testing the individual’s urine is the most common method. It is the less expensive and intrusive than taking blood.
Ecstasy drug testing: Is ecstasy tested for in standard drug tests? NO
Ecstasy drug testing: Can ecstasy use trigger tests for other substances? Yes: Amphetamines
Ecstasy drug testing: What is the detection period of ecstasy in urine
for a single use of the drug? Approximately one to three days after ingestion
for heavy use of the drug and approximately three to five days after ingestion
Ecstasy Drug Testing: Urine Testing
Though MDMA is not specifically tested for in the standard 'NIDA-5" drug tests, it is chemically closely enough related to amphetamines that recent MDMA users will test positive in both amphetamines (a common test) and methamphetamines (a somewhat newer and less common test). Because of this, the detection periods for MDMA are going to be very similar to those for amphetamines. Another important point is that many tablets of street ecstasy are not pure MDMA and frequently includes amphetamines (and may also contain DXM, caffeine, MDA, MDE, ephedrine etc).
Ecstasy Drug Testing: Detection Period
Amphetamines are typically detectable in urine for 24-96 hours after use (72 hours as an average). Methamphetamine stays in the system slightly longer: 24-120 hours.
Ecstasy Drug Testing: Hair Testing
MDMA is detectable with hair tests and there are at least two drug testing companies (Psychemedics and Quest Diagnostics) which include it in their standard hair test. Hair tests generally take the most recent 1.5 inches of growth and use those for testing. That provides a detection period of approximately 90 days. If an individual's hair is shorter than 1.5 inches, this detection period will be shorter.