Significant risks and dangers are involved with recreational drug use, and it is important to understand how these drugs work and why using them can be a hazard to your health.

The trends surrounding the use of cannabis edibles or nicotine vaping are more menacing than you may think, especially as alarming information continues to surface about these drugs being laced with uncontrolled levels of fentanyl.

Here are some common substances found in the most highly used recreational drugs:

Cannabis: Cannabis, also known as marijuana, contains the psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It has relaxing and euphoric effects. It is approved for recreational use in 22 states and Washington D.C., however, there are no safety standards in place by the FDA. Those in the market to purchase forms of cannabis will often go to dispensaries for purchase. But with no regulation in place, ingestion of products can be dangerous and even deadly. Recent news stories report that what appear to be alleged credible retailers of cannabis may unknowingly sell products laced with fentanyl, which can be dangerous and deadly. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) says fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 100 times stronger than morphine. It carries a high risk of overdose and can be lethal at the 2-milligram range.

Cocaine: Cocaine and other stimulants are resurfacing as popular drug choices. They produce short-lived intense euphoria and increased energy levels. Cocaine is illegal due to its highly addictive nature and potential for harmful health effects. Fentanyl is also commonly found concealed in cocaine.

Adderall: This is a commonly misused prescription drug. When prescribed by a physician, it is safe and effective. It’s typically prescribed for children and adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). When used non-medically and illegally, it can be dangerous. The DEA has categorized Adderall as a Schedule II controlled substance, which means it carries a high potential for abuse and addiction. Amphetamines like Adderall are a class of stimulant drugs that include substances like amphetamine and methamphetamine. They can increase alertness, focus, and energy levels.

Opioids: Opioids include substances like heroin, morphine, and prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and fentanyl. These drugs either come from the opium poppy or are synthetically produced. Opioids create a sense of euphoria and pain relief. Opioids have a high potential for addiction and can be dangerous if misused. One of the biggest concerns these days is fentanyl, which can come in liquid and powder form. According to the CDC, even the tiniest dose can be deadly. More than 150 people die every day from overdoses related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

At Any Lab Test Now®, we offer lab testing that includes a number of drug screenings.

The 10 PANEL DRUG TEST (URINE) or 10 PANEL DRUG TEST INCLUDING EXPANDED OPIATES (URINE) will identify the presence or absence of 10 different classes of commonly abused or misused drugs or their metabolites. This lab test is a routine screen for each drug class, as well as any necessary confirmation testing. On average, most drugs are detectable in urine for approximately three days after the most recent use or exposure. A confirmed positive result for a drug or drug metabolite is considered evidence of use or exposure in that time period. Collection takes place at one of our lab testing centers.  

The Concern about E-Cigarettes Usage

Another rising trend, especially for kids, teens, and young adults is vape use. Recent data from the CDC reveals 2.5 million young people in the U.S. are vaping. After investigating e-cigarettes, the CDC found that 99% of e-cigarettes sold in assessed venues in the U.S. contain nicotine—a highly addictive substance.

Vaping can pose potential health risks, like respiratory problems, lung damage, and cardiovascular issues. The e-cigarette industry is relatively new, and regulations on manufacturing, labeling, and quality control vary across jurisdictions.

If you are concerned that your child is vaping, you can bring them to your nearest Any Lab Test Now® for a  COTININE DRUG TEST (NICOTINE METABOLITE) (URINE). This urine test will determine the presence of cotinine/nicotine in the system.

Cotinine is the metabolite or what is left after nicotine consumption and is the test of choice to evaluate active tobacco use or exposure to tobacco in many forms. Cotinine is more stable and has a longer life in the body than nicotine.


We understand that being tested yourself or testing your child for the presence of drugs is a sensitive issue. We provide the utmost care and discretion with these matters and adhere to strict HIPAA regulations.

Any Lab Test Now® is Your Partner in Health

For parents reading this or if you are an adult with a recreational drug issue, know that Any Lab Test Now® is here to provide answers through lab testing. Call now to schedule an appointment at a testing center near you.

*If you are looking for help with substance abuse for yourself or a loved one, You can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).