What is the difference between the DOT and NON-DOT 5-panels?

Let’s start with what DOT stands for, that is , the Department of Transportation.  They are the government agency residing over truck drivers, pilots, heavy equipment operators and other individuals who are deemed to be performing “safety-sensitive” duties.  The Department of Transportation is currently the only Federally Regulated entity in terms of drug testing.  The DOT requires that 5 specific drugs be included in a DOT test. They are:  Marijuana, Cocaine, Amphetamine, Opiates and PCP, often labeled DOT 5-Panel.  They also require that strict guidelines be followed in terms of the collection process.  Aside from the DOT 5-Panel, we identify another test as the NON-DOT 5-Panel because it is often chosen by facilities who are not mandated to perform DOT testing but want to “mirror” the DOT protocol while including a more heavily abused drug besides PCP.  PCP has been on the decline for many years while Methamphetamine use has skyrocketed.  This panel tests for Marijuana, Cocaine, Amphetamine, Opiates and Methamphetamine.  Typically referred to as the NON-DOT 5-Panel.  I hope this sheds some light on the difference between the two.

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2 Responses to “What is the difference between the DOT and NON-DOT 5-panels?”

  1. Sandi says:

    What if you don’t smoke but others you live with do? Will that effect my results?? (marijana only)

  2. Admin says:

    Sandi, this is an entry from another post on the blog that I believe explains it well:

    Second-hand exposure to Marijuana has been a point of discussion and research for some time. The latest data shows that a second-hand smoke argument does not hold up in a court of law. This is due in part because of the established cut-offs set in place to determine if a person has consumed the drug first hand. For ease of understanding, let’s use the number 50 as the cutoff level (I won’t include values or measurement). Recent data shows that a level of 50 cannot be achieved by simply inhaling Marijuana smoke second-hand. Assume that you could only reach a level of 15-20. This would not allow a valid screening test to flag you Positive. This is also assuming that the test is FDA approved and utilizes the SAMHSA cutoffs, which are set to allow for these instances.

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