What is a 7 panel drug test? A drug test that will be able to detect 7 different drugs and their metabolites. The word panel can be equally synonymous in meaning, as the words “drug” or “strip”.
A panel in reference to instant drug testing is a narrow piece of plastic housing that holds a test strip or a row of strips for the purpose of chemically reacting to the preferred specimen. The objective of the test is for the purpose of yielding a “yes” or “no”, “positive” or “negative” test result. The test method is normally urine or saliva.
Hair follicles can be collected in-house or really anywhere but then the cutting sample must be transported to a lab for examination. Before instant drug tests came on the market, in the late 1990s, labs did all of the toxicology screening including testing for drugs of abuse by means of electronic instrumentation.
Therefore, the terminology “panel” came from toxicology laboratories and now the term has been carried down and still being used as a means of describing test parameters. The Rapid Detect 7 panel kits have multiple testing options to chose from. Your choice of urine, saliva or hair depending on your particular needs or preference.