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New: Fentanyl Testing

New: Fentanyl Testing

SureHire is excited to announce that, effective August 29, we will begin offering lab-based fentanyl testing services. This change is in response to the recent nationwide spike in the sale and use of fentanyl, both over-the-counter and illicitly distributed.

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What is fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid (“narcotic”) medication estimated to be 50-100 times more potent than morphine. Although it has become a popular street drug, it is also available as a prescription used to treat chronic pain. Its use is on the rise nationwide, and has been declared a public health emergency in British Columbia as of June, 2016.

When prescribed by a physician, fentanyl (prescribed as Actiq, Duragesic and Sublimaze) is most commonly administered by injection, transdermal patch (applied to the skin) or in lozenges. When fentanyl is produced by an illicit laboratory, it is usually sold as powder, spiked blotter paper, or as tablets. Illicitly produced fentanyl is often mixed with heroin or cocaine, which amplifies its potency.

What effect does fentanyl have?

Similar to other opioids such as heroin and morphine, fentanyl binds to the opioid receptors in the brain, which control pain and emotion. Fentanyl use causes a rise in dopamine levels producing a state of euphoria and relaxation, which is why some choose to use it recreationally. When used under the supervision of a physician, opioids can effectively relieve pain and improve function.

Some side effects of fentanyl include drowsiness, confusion, nausea, and trouble breathing, all of which have the potential to negatively impact workplace safety. In extreme cases, fentanyl use can lead to coma or death.

About Fentanyl Testing

Fentanyl can escape detection on many standard drug tests. A person who has taken fentanyl will not test positive for opiates on most drug tests, since fentanyl is synthetic and has different chemical properties from most opiates. Quantitative results (exact levels) for fentanyl can only be provided through laboratory testing. The only way to ensure that your workplace is safe from fentanyl impairment is to specifically request that fentanyl be tested for in the lab. As of August 29, 2016, SureHire offers lab-based urine tests for fentanyl (express fentanyl tests are not available at this time).

Please ensure that, when providing directions for drug testing, you request fentanyl lab testing.

SureHire to offer Fentanyl Testing

We are excited to announce that effective August 29, 2016 we will begin offering fentanyl lab-based urine testing services. This change is in response to the recent nationwide spike in the sale and use of fentanyl, both over-the-counter and illicitly distributed. Although express testing for this substance is not available at this time, we encourage you to contact your account representative if this service interests you. SureHire will also be offering the option to test for EtG (Ethyl Glucuronide), a side product of metabolized alcohol, to our urine lab-based drug test selection. EtG can be tested for as an add-on to any other urine lab drug panel (5, 7, 10 or 12). Stand-alone urine lab based testing for EtG will also be made available as an alternative to breath alcohol testing.

About Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid (“narcotic”) medication estimated to be 50-100 times more potent than morphine. Similar to other opioids such as heroin, fentanyl binds to the opioid receptors in the brain. These receptors control pain and emotion. Fentanyl use causes a rise in dopamine levels, producing a state of euphoria and relaxation, which is why some choose to use it recreationally. When used under the supervision of a physician, opioids can effectively relieve pain and improve function. Some side effects of taking fentanyl include drowsiness, confusion, nausea, and trouble breathing. In extreme cases, fentanyl use can lead to coma or death.

Fentanyl Trends in Canada

Although fentanyl has legitimate use as a pain medication, its narcotic properties and relatively low cost have also made it a popular street drug. As its popularity has grown, it has caused a slew of fatal and near-fatal overdoses nationwide.

Recreational fentanyl use is on the rise across Canada, and has been declared a public health emergency in British Columbia as of June, 2016. In BC alone, fentanyl played a role in the death of around 200 people between January and April this year, and numbers across Canada have also been inching upwards. The health emergency has caused concerns for workplace safety across the country. In response, SureHire is taking steps to address this health concern by adding fentanyl testing to our repertoire of drug and alcohol services.

About Fentanyl Testing

Fentanyl can escape detection on many standard drug tests. A person who has taken fentanyl will not test positive for opiates on most drug tests, since fentanyl is synthetic and has different chemical properties from most opiates. Quantitative results (exact levels) for fentanyl can only be provided through laboratory testing.

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