In recent years, the new technology called Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) has become the preferred method of drug testing in both industrial and pharmaceutical settings. The best part is that this technology is cost effective and most easily affordable.
In simple terms, GCMS is a multi-step process used to detect drugs in samples through a combination of mass spectrometry, spectroscopy and related techniques. Once the chemicals are used up in the initial stage, they are automatically carried out by GCMS equipment. Following this step, a post-analytical stage, called non-elution is required to remove the impurities and store the remaining samples for later analysis.
With the use of GCMS, drug testing and drug screening are much more convenient, accurate and systematic. Since the process does not require any invasive or highly hazardous procedures, especially those procedures which may cause patients suffering from drug side effects, you can concentrate on other important matters.
Due to the latest advancements of Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS), these equipments are also used for the evaluation of an entire class of chemicals and drugs. These include pesticides, fertilizers, biotechnological and medical drugs. They are also used in toxicology, laboratory, food safety, environmental, analytical, and forensic applications. However, some issues need to be addressed before you start using such methods.
For instance, before you choose the method of a drug test, you need to know about the standard that you are going to use. These standards have to be legally adopted by the different government agencies and other governmental organizations.
Moreover, you should also consider the options which you may take if you fail to pass the drug test. You may consider hiring an independent drug-testing facility to carry out your test.
You should also make sure that the government agency in charge of drug testing is recognized by all other drug regulatory bodies as well. This is so because if you fail to pass the test, you can always ask for a retest and request that the drugs in your system were tampered with. After all, it is your body after all.
Another thing to note before you start drug testing is the possibility of fail-safe levels of drugs. For instance, you can test in micrograms per liter. Even though it is quite cheap to do so, it is essential to know the dosage and also the method of elimination in order to determine the level of drugs in your system.
Lastly, you need to get your hands on the highly sophisticated drug test kit that may be needed. These kits can be acquired in a variety of ways. You may contact a distributor or you may go to a specialist lab in your area.
The important thing to remember is that the samples for your drug test will not be purified or diluted before you analyze them. So, you must be sure to collect only healthy and non-toxic samples. Apart from that, you will also need to get all the necessary lab equipment, materials and supplies before starting your drug test.
In fact, the laboratory equipment needed for a drug test can be rented. There are many health facilities and even drug retailers who offer such services. So, you don't need to fret about such expenses at all.