What Are Different Urine Drug Test Panels?

What Are Different Urine Drug Test Panels?

There are many different types of urine drug test panels, which can accurately test for a multitude of different drugs. The term “panel” refers to how many drugs are being tested. The most common for employers to use is the five-panel test, which uses a urine sample to test for amphetamines, opiates, cocaine, cannabinoids, and phencyclidine (PCP). Anything more extensive than a five-panel test is typically used for those in safety professions: law enforcement, medical professionals, and governmental jobs. 

What Are 10-panel And 12-panel Drug Tests?

A 10-panel drug test tests for five illicit (illegal) drugs as well as five prescription drugs that are often misused. In addition to the five-panel, a ten-panel tests for:

  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Methadone
  • Propoxyphene 
  • Oxycodone

The 12-panel test adds on:

  • Meperidine 
  • Tramadol 

While none of those drugs listed above are illegal, they may be barred in certain professions and can be misused in a dangerous way. 

The most expansive urine drug test panel is the 17-panel, which you can view in the table below. Very few professions require a panel this thorough.

Source: https://www.usdtl.com/wp-content/uploads/UrinePanels-Blue.pdf

Turn-around Time

No matter what panel you are using, the turn-around time is 1-2 business days for negative results and 4-5 business days for positive results. The reason it will take longer to deliver you a positive result is due to the additional testing it undergoes, before heading to a Medical Review Officer for confirmation.

In Need Of A Drug Test?

Looking for a drug test for your office? Contact Blue Star Diagnostics at (469) 656-7999 to select which panel you want to use and schedule your test!