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Commonly Abused Drugs

The first step in preventing your teen or loved one from going further into suspected drug abuse is to identify what, if any, drugs they may be abusing. ARCpoint Labs of Columbia, SC offers drug testing for the most commonly abused drugs, so you can have peace-of-mind and develop a plan.


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

  • 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’s definition of binge drinking is “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 and women who drink 4 or more.
  • See more information about Alcohol Abuse from the CDC.

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

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A recent survey revealed that marijuana, a commonly abused drug by both adults and teens, could be easily obtained by 82% of 12th graders. (Monitoring the Future 2012 study.) Despite its legalization in some states, marijuana is still considered an illegal substance by the federal government.


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, and the drug’s presence varies across America. ARCpoint Labs of Columbia, SC offers testing solutions for both marijuana and meth: urine testing, fingernail drug tests, hair 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 those who obtain them illegally.

People who have sought appropriate care for chronic pain or anxiety conditions 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. Adderall and Ritalin are commonly used by college and high school students 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, professional capacity and performance, and personal relationships. If you are concerned that a loved one is abusing prescription drugs, contact ARCpoint Labs of Columbia, SC for help in determining the facts.

Synthetic Drugs and Bath Salts

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

Trust ARCpoint Labs of Columbia, SC for accurate synthetic drug testing.

Testing for commonly abused drugs available at ARCpoint Labs of Columbia, SC.

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