Category: Tomo Drug Testing Information

Drug Dictionary Series: Dexedrine

Dexedrine [dɛkstroʊæmˈfɛtəmiːn] What is it? Dexedrine is a brand name for Dextroamphetamine (D-AMP) which is a central nervous system stimulant and amphetamine enantiomer that is prescribed for the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy. It is also used as an athletic performance and cognitive enhancer, and recreationally as an aphrodisiac and euphoriant, and like other amphetamines is used as a club drug for its energetic and euphoric high. What does it look like? Dexedrine comes in an white tablets, orange three-sided tablets or brown/beige capsules What are some other names for Dextroamphetamine? Dexedrine, DextroStat, Metamina, Attentin, Zenzedi, ProCentra, Amfexa, Vyvanse How ... Read more

Drug Dictionary Series: Khat

Khat [qat] What is it? Khat is a psychoactive stimulant that comes from the Catha edulis plant found in Eastern Africa and Southern Arabia. Since the 1300s, khat has been chewed regularly as a communal act of the indigenous people groups of the area. Traditionally, the plant has been used to elevate mood and combat fatigue as a social tonic or tea similar to coffee or alcohol. However, the plant has a potency more related to cocaine and other amphetamines. Still today, many chew khat for its euphoric effects and cultural symbolism. What does it look like? Khat leaves are ... Read more

Guest Blog Post: Cheating on a Hair Follicle

One of the services that Tomo Drug Testing offers is hair follicle testing. Hair follicle testing is the preferred testing modality for many clients, due to its long window of detection and the difficulty a donor finds in “cheating” the test. A hair follicle test can be conducted using head hair or body hair. During a collection of head hair, our technician uses sterilized scissors to cut strands of hair from multiple places along the crown of the donor’s head. This is done to ensure that the missing hair is not noticeable. The hair collected from the donor’s head is ... Read more

Drug Dictionary Series: Kratom

Kratom [Kray tom] What is it? Kratom is a psychoactive substance that mimics opioid use. Kratom comes from the Mitragyna speciosa plant found in Southeast Asia. Traditionally, the leaves would be chewed or added to teas by Thai or Malaysian natives to increase energy, stamina, and limit their fatigue. Currently, kratom is ground to a fine green powder or the leaves are chewed or added to teas as an herbal supplement to treat addiction, anxiety, or other health issues. Kratom is not an illegal substance but in the United States is under FDA warning due to the illegally marketed herbal ... Read more

What does the MORE Act mean for safety-sensitive employees and marijuana?

What does the MORE Act mean for safety-sensitive employees and marijuana? December 4 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the MORE Act by a vote of 228-164. This act removes marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act. If the MORE Act becomes law, it would decriminalize marijuana but would not stop safety-sensitive employees such as FMCSA regulated drivers from being tested for marijuana. The language was added to the bill on Nov. 30 that would allow drug tests to be required for any Schedule I substance, which is defined as drugs with no currently accepted ... Read more

Do you know the difference? – Opiate vs. Opioid

Do you know the difference between an Opiate and an Opioid? Both groups of substances are narcotics and used medically for pain relief, anesthesia, and cough or diarrhea suppression. However, both are used illicitly by those with a substance use disorder. Read more below on the differences between Opiates and Opioids. Do you know the difference? – Opiate vs. Opioid The terms opiate and opioid can be confusing as they are often used interchangeably or incorrectly. The term opiate refers to any substance that is derived naturally from the opium poppy plant. The term opioid however is broader and refers ... Read more

Drug Dictionary Series: Oxycodone

Oxycodone [ox i KOE done] What is it? Oxycodone is a powerfully addictive narcotic. Oxycodone originates from opium, a highly addictive drug derived from the sap of the poppy plant. It was first discovered in 1916 by Martin Freud and Edmund Speyer in Frankfurt, Germany. The drug was introduced to the US market in May of 1939 after becoming known as the “miracle drug” of Europe. Oxycodone is an opioid that triggers rushes of dopamine to create an intense high. Today, oxycodone is available in the United States as a legal prescription painkiller. It is more commonly known as OxyContin® ... Read more

Legalizing Marijuana in 2020

Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans live in a state where recreational marijuana is legal? South Dakota made history when it became the first state to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana at the same time in the November 2020 election. Although you may hear different answers from different people, and we’re still learning more about the consequences all the time, today we’re exploring the states that have decriminalized marijuana in 2020. Legalizing Marijuana in 2020 During the 2020 election New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota, and Montana became the latest states to legalize marijuana. This addition raised the ... Read more

Schedule III Substances

Drugs, substances, and certain chemicals used to make drugs are classified into five distinct categories or schedules depending upon the drug’s acceptable medical use and the drug’s abuse or dependence potential. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) carefully considers the drugs and substances’ abuse rate before rating the scheduling. Read more below on Schedule III drugs and substances. Schedule III Substances The Controlled Substances Act is a law that was enacted in 1970 to regulate the production, distribution and use of many types of drugs. It classifies drugs into five different categories, called schedules. As the act explains, each ... Read more

Drug Dictionary Series: Cocaine

Cocaine [kəʊˈkeɪn] What is it? Cocaine is a powerfully addictive psychoactive, stimulant drug. Cocaine originates from coca leaves, and has been used for centuries in a variety of cultural applications. The pure drug is extracted from the erythroxylon coca bush, primarily found in South America. The purified chemical, cocaine hydrochloride, was isolated from the bush more than 100 years ago. In the 1900’s, cocaine was an active ingredient in many elixirs, tonics, and Coca-Cola products. Today, cocaine is available in the United States as a legal prescription for local anesthesia. It is more commonly known as Goprelto or Numbrino. What ... Read more