Chemical Dependency


The length of time that a drug stays in the body or the length of time after a drug can be detected after use depends in part on the drug that is being abused (i.e., marijuana can be detected in the body a long time after use). The person may show no symptoms of having used marijuana, yet, it can be detected. However, the duration of detection depends upon such things as (1) frequency of use, (2) the way the drug was taken (i.e., smoked vs. injected vs. being eaten), (3) the purity of the drug, (4) if the person has a history and frequency of use of a certain drug, and (5) that person's diet. Also, the variation and answers to this type of question depends upon who is asking the question. For example, for most parents, the question is most likely asked to determine if the person tested is using drugs. For the person using drugs, (someone on probation or parole) the question is asked usually to determine whether or not their drug use can or will be detected. For parents and others concerned about the accuracy of detecting drug abuse, the best advice is to educate yourself about drug abuse. Talk to, know and observe your child's behavior and habits (i.e., sleep patterns, diet, medical prescription history, etc.). Your knowledge of your child is extremely important in helping to interpret drug test results and reaching accurate conclusions about drug abuse or other medical or mental health concerns . For persons who wish to know whether or not their drug use will be detected, the best way to assure that it will not be is to stop using drugs.

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