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Collection: Meth (MET) Drug Tests

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For the majority of us, the word “methamphetamine” is associated with the illicit drug otherwise known as crystal meth. 


And while crystal meth is a major concern, with nearly a half-million Americans using crystal meth each week, prescription medications containing methamphetamine also exist.


Medications like Desoxyn, Ritalin and Adderall all contain amphetamines that produce similar effects as the well-known street drug, including increased energy, heightened attentiveness, and feelings of euphoria.


These drugs can impair a person’s judgement if taken in high enough doses, and can also be addictive since a person’s tolerance will rise over time if the drug is abused regularly.


Thus, law enforcement officials, healthcare providers, employers, and other entities often need to screen for either prescription or illegal versions of methamphetamine (or both).


To accomplish this, a meth drug test is used.


What is MET on a Drug Test?


Many consumers become confused by the abbreviations and alternate labels that pharmaceutical supply companies use on their products.


The term “MET” is simply a shortened version of “methamphetamine” that is used to indicate that a particular screening device is capable of detecting methamphetamine in the human body.


These terms are often developed to make the identification process easier since most medications are titled using chemical nomenclature, which results in extremely long, hard-to-say names.


So, in conclusion, the term MET on drug tests indicates that methamphetamines are one of the substances the device screens for.

Why Administer a Methamphetamine Test?


There are a number of reasons why someone might want to administer a meth drug test.


Some of the most common motives include:

  1. Medical Treatment

Many healthcare providers require MET drug tests so they can determine if methamphetamines are responsible for the symptoms a patient is presenting. The accurate and conclusive detection of amphetamines in a patient’s body makes it possible for doctors, nurses, and other caregivers to provide the appropriate treatments and countermeasures, which ultimately protects the patient. This is extremely important in cases where the patient is incoherent or incapacitated since they would not be able to notify medical staff of their drug use.

  1. Legal Proceedings

In some cases, a drug test for meth may be ordered by a court of law as part of a probation sentence or to determine if a parent is legally fit to maintain, or regain, custody of their child(ren). In these cases, the individual may be mandated to submit to drug testing at a specific healthcare facility, or a probation officer may administer the MET drug personally.

  1. Participation in Professional Sports

Many sports organizations make it mandatory for their athletes to undergo routine drug screening in order for players to maintain their employment contracts. Since methamphetamines increase energy, focus, and alertness, they are classified as “performance enhancing” substances and are thus banned by most major sports associations. 


How Does a MET Drug Work?


A meth drug test can be completed using several different sample collection methods, including urine, hair, saliva and blood.


In a nutshell, any substances that are ingested or inhaled by the body are digested and absorbed. This process produces metabolites that are unique to the substance that has been used. Drug tests work by detecting the presence of these metabolites in urine, hair, saliva or blood.


Some drugs are metabolized by the body faster than others, so the type of drug test required will vary depending on what it is you are testing for.


At Countrywide Testing, we offer a full succession of panel drug tests, as well as medical devices; specific drug tests (i.e. alcohol tests, meth tests, nicotine tests); specialty products; and laboratory services for businesses, federal employees, and individuals.


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