The First Sign Saliva Test has been specifically designed to detect the 6 illicit drugs under the Australian Standard including THC, Cocaine, Methamphetamines and amphetamines. With the rising use of illicit drugs in the workplace and the repercussions it has on the businesses, more and more employers are creating their “no tolerance to drug policies within the workforce” and will often pre-screen new employees and Randomly test employees. By implementing such practices it protects the business from liability.
The drugs that can be detected by the First Sign Saliva Test include marijuana (THC), cocaine (COC), amphetamines (AMP), methamphetamines (METH), opiates (OPI), Benzodiazepine (BZO) as well as creatinine, nitrites, bleach, pH and specific gravity. By detecting an illicit drug it enables the employer to be proactive and prevent any possible harm to their employees, equipment and the public.
Tetrahydrocannabinol THC – is a chemical found in the plant marijuana. THC stimulates the cells in the brain to release dopamine which in turn creates euphoria. It can induce hallucinations, change thinking and cause delusions. The effect can last about two hours and will start affecting a person within 10 to 30 minutes of ingestion. However, psychomotor impairment may continue after the perceived high has stopped. A few side effects include elation, anxiety, tachycardia, short-term memory recall issues, sedation, relaxation, pain relief and more. Marijuana has many “street names” such as pot, weed, grass, and dope (plus much more).
Cocaine COC – is derived from the plant Coca and is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug. It was widely used in the early 1900’s as an ingredient of their many tonics and elixirs. Over time, research showed that cocaine was not only highly addictive but it was also altering the brain structure of repeat user. The user can feel euphoria, invincibility, wellbeing, paranoia, and aggression to name just a few side effects. Long-term effects can include insomnia, exhaustion, depression, weight loss, and sexual dysfunction to name a few. Cocaine is also known as coke, powder, snow, and blow.
Amphetamines AMP – is a synthetic drug which is an addictive stimulant drug. A combination of chemicals are combined to create amphetamines. Some types of amphetamines are legally prescribed to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and narcolepsy (uncontrollable urge to sleep). Effects include staying awake, lessen inhibitions, anxiety, paranoia, aggression, and depression to name a few. Amphetamines go by a number of names such as ICE, speed, crystal meth, upper, and meth to name a few.
Methamphetamines METH – similar to amphetamines, methamphetamines are a synthetic drug which is an addictive stimulant drug. Methamphetamine increases the amount of the natural chemical dopamine in the brain which is involved in the body movement, motivation, and reinforcement of rewarding behaviours. The effects methamphetamines include increased wakefulness, decreased appetite, increased blood pressure, dental problems, and intense itching and skin sores to name a few. Methamphetamine also is known as chalk, crank, crystal, ice, and speed.
Opiates OPI – are highly addictive depressants which means they slow down your central nervous system. There are synthetic opiates such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl and plant based opiates derived from the poppy plant called heroine. Opiates are used as a pain relief and induce sleep. The effects of prolonged opiate use includes, respiratory depression, lethargy, depression, anxiety, itching, insomnia, and much more. Opiates are also known as H, hammer, gear, smack, and horse, to name a few.
Benzodiazepine BZO – are an addictive depressant that slows down your central nervous system. Benzodiazepine are a group of drugs called tranquillizers. Tranquilizers are known to make a person feel relaxed, drowsy, no energy, dizzy, and even affect their memory. Commonly known benzodiazepines include Valium, Rohypnol, and Rivotril. Long-term effects include no energy, headaches, skin rashes, weight gain, and depression to include a few. Benzodiazepines are also known as benzos, rowies, vals, downers, and sleepers.