Drug Testing for Athletes

Drug use and abuse are common in all sports and at all levels of competition. An athlete’s life is not easy. The pressure and expectations in his performance may push him to use drugs and alcohol. The wear and tear of his body might be the stressors that make him reach for the painkiller. Majority of athletes try drugs for a number of reasons that is why drug testing among sports team is required.

Prevalence of Drug Users

An articles in the August 2013 issue of The Daily Mail, reported that the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) conducted over 260,000 drug tests to athletes from different countries in 2012. Out of this number, about 1.2% or 3,200 athletes read positive for illicit drugs. The positive results of drug tests disqualified guilty athletes from competitions and/or resulted in forfeitures of medals or wins. Drug testing procedures for sports teams are also strict. Athletes (and their coaches) are responsible for knowing which drugs are banned from the WADA list; and this is on top of the usual illicit substances.

Rates of Substance use among different populations of athletes based on recent research studies

Any substances banned by WADA Elite athletes across sports (positive drug tests) 2% over past year
Alcohol College athletes (self report) 75%–93% for male athletes;

71%–93% for female athletes over past year

85% over past year

Anabolic steroids High school students (self report)

College athletes (self report)

Professional football players (self report)

Competitive power lifters (self report)

0.7%–6.6% over past year

0.2%–5% for males depending on sport; 0.0%–1.6% for females depending on sport over past year

9% used at some point in career

67% used at some point in career

Cannabis College athletes (self report) 28% over past year
Opiates Professional football players (self report) 52% used at some point in career (71% of those misused at some point in career)
Smokeless tobacco College athletes (self report)

College baseball players (self report)

Professional baseball players (self report)

Professional football players (self report)

23% over past year

40%–50% over past year

35%–40% over past year

20%–30% over past year

Stimulants College athletes (self report) 3% over past year

source: http://www.theathlete.org/Drug-Testing-In-Sports.htm

Drug abuse in sports team (high school, collegiate or professional) is a significant problem that is rooted in various underlying causes. Aside from digging into the root cause of drug and/or alcohol abuse, drug testing for sports team and individual athletes is necessary.

Recommended Drug Tests

Drug testing in the national and international levels calls for the collection of specimen in an approved laboratory. The samples are then shipped to a WADA-certified and approved laboratory for testing. Drug testing for school sport teams is not required to adhere to the aforementioned process. In both instances, initial drug testing such as instant urine test, may be done and if the result is positive, further analysis in a laboratory is necessary.

Urine drug testing kits detects the drugs in the urine for up to 3-4 days after drug use. There are quick urine drug test kits that can test up to 10 different drugs in one go. The Multi Drug 10 Panel T Cup will detect:

• Methadone (MTD)

• Marijuana (THC)

• Tricyclic antidepressants (TCA)

• Cocaine (COC)

• Benzodiazepines (BZO)

• Buprenorphine (BUP)

• Opiates (OPI, including heroin)

• Methamphetamines (mAMP)

• OxyContin (OXY)

• Barbiturates (BAR)

Saliva drug testing kits is a quick, easy and impossible-to-cheat drug test. A saliva test kit provides accurate detection for up to 6 drugs. This is the best test for random drug testing for current drug and alcohol intake as metabolites do not stay long in the saliva.

To get an accurate reading of an athlete’s possible drug history spanning 90 days, a hair drug test is the best option. This drug test is a zero-tolerance test because even the smallest amount of drug will be detected in the hair. To be effectual in a hair analysis drug test, the hair must be cut from the root.

For random drug testing, drug identification kits and substance identification kits afford quick results in identifying drugs on site. Alcohol breath tests may be performed on the spot when alcohol use is suspected. It is available in 5 BAC levels from 0.02% to 0.10%.

Call us for more information on the best drug testing method for your sports team.





---Churches play an important role in the society. They have become bastions of spirituality, charity, humanity, sympathy and benevolence; often playing pivotal roles in helping people get back on their feet through the church’s numerous programs. These programs may be rooted to child ministries, young adult ministries, community outreach programs such as sober living, and offer guidance and support to those who need help.

In this connection, drug screening is imperative to ensure that church staff and volunteer workers in these programs are not using or abusing alcohol and drugs.

Why should churches do drug tests?

Surely those good people working for the church are “clean”! Never assume that church workers are free from illicit substance use. The most recent statistics show that 4% of workers in the community and social services (CSS) category use illicit drugs and 2.8% are into heavy alcohol use. Some 1.8% is illicit drug abusers while 6.9% abuse alcohol.

Based on the same statistics source, about 70% of CSS workers do not undergo pre employment drug test. It is not right to expose the congregation, specifically the children, to workers who are possible drug and alcohol abusers.

Child abuse in every form is prevalent and churches are one of the most likely places where this can happen. Based on independent studies, at least one convicted sex offender applies for a position in a youth-oriented NGO. About one in one hundred churches will be accused of sexual misconduct by a volunteer worker who did not undergo personal background screening. And that 50% of church-related abuses are perpetrated by volunteers yet only 5% of churches conduct basic background check.

Drug and alcohol drug tests and background checks must be part of a church’s program as these offer peace of mind and security among the congregation, church workers and volunteers.

Drug Tests

Instant urine test is not highly recommended as a drug test in churches as it is not feasible unless the church has the facility for the collection of specimen. In this case, recommended are instant drug testing dip cups and instant drug testing cups. These urine drug tests come in kits of 2-4 drugs to test up to 10+ drugs. A more plausible option if there is no area for the proper collection of specimen is a laboratory urine test where the sample is collected at a laboratory. Tampering with the specimen in this case is decreased.

Another good option is a saliva drug test. This drug test is very convenient as one can get/give the specimen anywhere, anytime. Oral fluids test is used to test for drugs such as:

• Marijuana (THC)

• Cocaine (COC)

• Opiated/Heroine (OPI)

• Amphetamine (AMP)

• Phencyclidine (PCP)

• Methamphetamine (mAMP)

• Benzodiazepines (BZO)

Saliva test kits include a sponge which could be used to collect the saliva inside the cheek of the person to be tested. The result is ready within 10 minutes.

As pre employment drug test, hair drug test is highly recommended as this test will indicate a person’s drug usage in the last 90 days. Random drug testing for employees should also be part of a church’s drug testing program. Basic background screening should not be passed over as this is very important in determining the character of an applicant or volunteer. One can never be too careful in deterring sex predators from penetrating the church and its ministries. An apt screening program should include personal background check, criminal background check and sexual predator registration if deemed necessary.

If you have questions on what type of drug testing and background check your church needs, give us a call now so we can discuss your options.





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