Cocaine Test Strips
Cocaine is an illegal stimulant drug that produces an intense but brief euphoric high. Cocaine directly affects the dopamine neurotransmitter system in the human brain and is classified as a Schedule I drug with no medicinal value and a high risk of abuse. This powerfully addictive stimulant can quickly cause increased tolerance and addiction in users, which in turn increases the risk for several adverse health issues such as organ damage, seizure, and stroke.
Although cocaine could, in theory, be used as a local anesthetic in surgical setting, its propensity for developing physical dependence and addiction in users has led to its scheduling as an illicit and illegal substance. Recreational cocaine use is not only illegal, but highly dangerous. Drug testing for cocaine is therefore commonplace in workplace drug testing programs, probation arrangements, and even as a prerequisite for acquiring insurance.
12 Panel Medical offers multi panel drug screen tests that test for cocaine in urine as well as urine test strips that test specifically for the use of this illicit drug and its metabolites. Cocaine drug test strips are 99% accurate, and urinalysis for cocaine use is one of the most common methods of testing due to a significantly small rate of false positives. Immunoassay urine drug testing for cocaine is effective, efficient, and easy enough for at home use but graded for clinical settings.
Cocaine is one of the most common drugs tested for. It appears on most standard multi screen drug panels tests. Cocaine drug tests may be used in:
- Workplace drug screening programs
- Approval for insurance applications
- Probation and parole terms
- Situation where driving under the influence is suspected
- Substance abuse monitoring
- An emergency room situation where drug abuse is suspected
With qualitative and definite results in five minutes, urine test strips can be operated without formal training. Individuals may consider testing for cocaine use to monitor substance abuse in someone in the home.
Drug testing for cocaine involves identifying both the parent drug as well as its metabolites. Approximately 40% of cocaine is hydrolyzed into benzoylecgonine. Another 40% of that cocaine is metabolized by the liver to form ecgonine methyl ester. These metabolites are both expelled through the liver and are detectable for varying periods, depending on the length of cocaine use.
Cocaine drug tests that identify cocaine in urine detect both of these metabolites and the parent drug in compliance with cutoff concentrations as set by SAMHSA. Cutoff concentrations are expressed in nanograms per milliliter and are set at 300 ng/ml to determine if cocaine is being abused.
A sample urine specimen must be collected from the donor for testing. When the urine specimen is ready for testing, the operator will remove the cocaine use test strip from the protective packaging.
The testing strip may be damaged by extended exposure to light and air. Do not remove the strip until ready to perform the test to ensure the most reliable results. If the testing strip was removed from packaging more than 1 hour prior to testing, the results should not be interpreted.
Do not touch the strip membrane. Bacteria from hands and surfaces may contaminate the testing strip and invalidate results.
Hold the cocaine drug test strip where the product name is printed. Carefully place the testing strip membrane into the cup, in a vertical position. Do not immerse the strip past the MAX line on the testing strip.
Allow the strip to absorb as much of the sample as possible, immersing the membrane in the specimen for at least 10 to 15 seconds. You might notice color moving across the strip, but the results cannot be read before five minutes. Do not interpret results after 10 minutes.
If the specimen contains more than the pre-determined cutoff levels, the result is positive. This is indicated by one colored band in the control region and no colored band in the test region. Positive results should be sent to a toxicology laboratory for confirmation.
A negative result is indicated by one colored band in the control region, and one colored band in the test region. A negative result indicates that the specimen does not reach the cutoff levels.
If no colored band appears in the control indicator of the test strip, the result is invalid. The test must be performed again. If the problem persists, you may contact your local distributor.