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Will Etizolam show up in a drug test?

What is Etizolam?

Etizolam is a drug that is considered by many to be a research chemical. It is related to the benzodiazepine class of drugs. Etizolam acts to reduce anxiety, however it is rarely prescribed.

Etizolam is technically not part of the benzo class of drugs. Benzos include drugs like alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium). Instead etizolam is classed as a thienodizepine.

Drugs that are classed under research chemicals like Etizolam, are less commonly tested for in traditional drugs tests.

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Drug Testing in the United States

In the United States more than 80% of employers will require a pre-employment drugs test. In addition 39 % of employers will carry out random screening of employees.

Workplace drug testing was introduced to America during the Regan Administration. During these years, federal employees were screened for drugs. US companies were not legally required to test their employees, however in this new culture; many of them took the cue from the Government and began mandatory testing as well.

Other companies largely followed suit, not wanting to be seen to condone drug use. Unfortunately drug testing as part of employment has become the norm since then. These developments of course gave rise to an entire industry of drug testing that turned out to be highly profitable – a typical employment test costs a company $40 per head. A nexus of consulting and law firms and drug testing manufacturers has conspired to maintain this culture of drug testing to this day.

What are the risks?

It is considered to be unlikely that Etizolam would show up as positive for Benzos if a blood, urine or saliva sample was tested using Gas Chromatography or Mass Spectrometry – two common techniques used in forensic chemistry.

Etizolam is not very common in the United States, with the traditional Benzos more likely to be used as drugs of abuse. For this reason it is not normally screened for by law enforcement and might not even show up in a full spectrum Benzo test.

It is thought that the metabolites, or break down products, of Etizolam are significantly different than those produced by benzos such as Xanax or Valium.

Etizolam and other thienodiazepines are more commonly prescribed in Japan rather than the USA. It is for this reason that drug enforcement bureaus and laboritories generally overlook it.

There is some evidence that Etizolam may show up on dip or strip tests which give rapid but less reliable results. These however are considered preliminary positives and real confirmation for the purpose of the law is found through Gas Chromatography or Mass Spectrometry. As stated, Etizolam is unlikely to generate a false positive peak with these particular tests, as drug agencies and testing labs will not have a record of it in their drug library.

How to deal with a positive result

If you are taking Etizolam and get a positive result during an employment drugs test, deny taking any Benzos and ask for confirmation by Mass Spectrometry or Gas Chromatography. This should test negative, letting you off the hook. Anyway, you hadn’t technically been taking Benzos at all!