TEXAS — A Texas drug testing company has started offering drug testing in the state, in the latest sign that people are becoming more aware of drug testing and the need to have it done in the event of an overdose.
The company, Toxico, says it has about 30 to 50 customers in Texas, including people from out of state.
Toxico has been offering drug test kits to people since January.
Some of those who sign up to test will be required to pay for the drug testing.
A recent study found that about 20 percent of Texans over age 65 have tested positive for drugs, and more than 10 percent have tested negative.
This is a service that is being offered in addition to the statewide testing program, said John Fogleman, the company’s director of product development.
More than half of people tested for drug use in the United States in 2015 were tested at least once in the past year, according to a study published last month by the Drug Enforcement Administration. “
People need to know what their options are, what the cost is and what it takes to get tested and if there’s anything else they can do, Foglemans comments were made Monday.
More than half of people tested for drug use in the United States in 2015 were tested at least once in the past year, according to a study published last month by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Texas has been a testing hot spot since a recent spike in overdoses, with more than 3,400 people killed in 2015, more than double the number of people killed a decade earlier.
State law allows anyone over 21 to use drugs, but the testing must be done by a licensed physician.
Toxicos service has been offered since 2013 in the Houston area.
In addition to testing, customers can also get a free kit if they pay $25.