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Commonly Abused Drugs

When you suspect your teen or loved one of drug abuse, the first step in prevention is to identify what, if any, drugs they may be abusing. ARCpoint Labs of Worcester, MA offers drug testing for the most commonly abused drugs, so you can have peace of mind and develop a plan.


Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances. While many adults consume alcohol responsibly, there is a large group of teens and adults who over-consume and even binge drink.

  • Men who average 2 drinks or more and women who average 1 or more per day are defined as heavy or binge drinkers.
  • The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, defines binge drinking as repetitive alcohol consumption that elevates blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08% or more.
  • Men who binge drink typically consume 5 or more drinks in about two hours; for women the number is 4 or more drinks in a single sitting.

See more information about Alcohol Abuse from the CDC.

At ARCpoint Labs of Worcester, MA, we can test for alcohol abuse with oral fluid drug tests and breath alcohol tests.

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Marijuana is among the most commonly abused drugs, by both adults and teens. In a recent survey, 82% of 12th graders indicated it was fairly or very easy to obtain marijuana. (Monitoring the Future 2012 study. Some states have legalized marijuana in different contexts and uses, but it is still considered an illegal substance by the federal government.


Methamphetamine varies across the United States. Because some ingredients are available over the local drug store counter and the drug itself is homemade, small-town America is especially hard hit by methamphetamine use. ARCpoint Labs of Worcester, MA offers testing solutions for both marijuana and meth: urine testing, hair drug tests, fingernail drug tests, sweat patch drug tests and oral fluid drug tests.

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Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs can be abused by the person for whom they are prescribed and can also be sought after and illegally used by people not under a doctor’s care for whom they were not prescribed. Many examples abound.

People with chronic pain or anxiety conditions, who have sought appropriate care, may end up addicted to narcotic pain relievers or other medications. These addictions can be due to underlying factors not readily identified at the time of prescription. In colleges and high schools across the country, students routinely get access to and use Adderall and Ritalin as “study aids” when they have not been diagnosed with ADHD and have not been prescribed these drugs.

Over time, drug abuse of this nature can lead to long-term addiction and a ripple effect in terms of physical health, personal relationships, as well as professional capacity and performance. If you are concerned that a loved one is abusing prescription drugs, contact ARCpoint Labs of Worcester, MA for help in determining the facts.

Synthetic Drugs and Bath Salts

“Fake” drugs include synthetic versions of street drugs such as marijuana (fake pot) and household items that are misused for their druglike effects, such as bath salts. These substances are outlawed by the DEA, but their relative newness and over-the-counter availability make them a drug abuse target among teens and adults.

Trust ARCpoint Labs of Worcester, MA for accurate synthetic drug testing.

Testing for commonly abused drugs is available at ARCpoint Labs of Worcester, MA.

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