Benzodiazepines (Xanax/Valium) Hair Drug Test

Valium, Xanax


Specimen Type: Hair

Description:

Benzodiazepines (Xanax/Valium) Hair Drug Test

This test looks for Benzodiazepines in a hair sample.   Benzodiazepine medications such as Valium and Xanax are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the US.  They act on the central nervous system which makes them useful in the treatment of disorders such as anxiety, insomnia, and seizures.  Due to their lower risk of addiction and overdose, benzodiazepines have largely replaced barbiturates in recent decades.  Benzodiazepines are frequently abused for the relaxed euphoric high they can produce.  Benzos have also been linked to cases of sexual assault because they can lower inhibitions and act as a tranquilizer.  While safer than barbiturates, benzodiazepines can still be quite dangerous when taken improperly, especially when used in conjunction with other drugs or alcohol.  They can cause side effects such as drowsiness, confusion, blurred vision, slurred speech, loss of coordination, muscle weakness, and difficulty breathing.  Overdosing can result in coma or death.  

Hair drug testing has a detection period of about 90 days.  It may take up to 7-10 days after use for drugs to be detectable in a hair sample.

Blood testing and urine testing for benzodiazepines are also available.  Please see our Drug Testing Category for additional options.

Turnaround for this test is typically 4-7 business days for negative results.  Results will take longer if confirmatory testing is necessary.

At this time, Request A Test does not offer DOT (Department of Transportation) certified testing.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Requirements:

Hair must be at least 1.5-2 inches in length. Hair will be collected at the scalp.  The lab will be required to take a sample of at least 90-120 strands.  Due to the inconsistent rate of growth for body hair, samples will only be collected from the head. 

Please note that not all lab locations are able to perform the collections for hair drug testing.  When placing a testing order online you will only be able to select from lab locations that are able to perform this type of testing.

This test is intended to screen for drugs of abuse and is not appropriate for pain management or therapeutic monitoring.  Customers who require pain management testing should consult their prescribing physician.

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Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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