Common Drugs of Abuse

Worried your teen, loved one or employee is using drugs? The key to drug and alcohol testing knows what to test for.

Below are some of the most commonly abused drugs.


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.

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  • For men, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming an average of more than 2 drinks per day. For women, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming an average of more than 1 drink per day.

  • According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, binge drinking is defined as a pattern of alcohol consumption that brings the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to 0.08% or more. This pattern of drinking usually corresponds to 5 or more drinks on a single occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on a single occasion for women, generally within about 2 hours.

See more information about Alcohol Abuse from the CDC.

At ARCpoint Labs of Seattle West, we can test for alcohol abuse by using oral fluids,  breath alcohol and blood.


Many teens and adults use marijuana. In fact, 82% of 12th graders report marijuana as being fairly or very easy to get. (Monitoring the Future 2012 study)

Despite the marijuana laws that make it legal to smoke in certain areas in some states, marijuana is still federally outlawed and considered an illegal substance. ARCpoint Labs of Seattle West tests for marijuana through urine testing, hair drug tests, fingernail drug tests, sweat patch testing and oral fluid tests.


Methamphetamine is a larger problem in some areas of the country than others. It’s a growing problem in small-town America. Because of the accessibility of over-the-counter drugs and other “drug store” items used to make meth, our country faces a growing problem of this homemade drug.

ARCpoint Labs of Seattle West tests for meth through urine testing, hair testing, nail testing, sweat patch and oral fluid tests.

Prescription Drugs

The war on drugs has turned to those controlled substances often prescribed by physicians. Although celebrities have given prescription pill overdoses a broad spotlight over the years, it’s a problem in every community across the United States.

Teens and adults can all abuse prescription drugs, whether their name is on the pill bottle or not.

Synthetic Drugs and Bath Salts

“Fake” drugs are one of the latest ways many teens and some adults abuse drugs. Although the DEA has outlawed the over-the-counter sale of synthetic drugs like synthetic marijuana (“fake pot”) and bath salts, easy access to synthetic drugs continues to be a major problem. Learn more about synthetic drugs by calling or stopping by your local ARCpoint Labs of Seattle West.

ARCpoint Labs of Seattle West is a trusted resource for all drug testing needs, including synthetic drugs.