What Is Urine Drug Testing?
Urine drug testing is the most frequently used method for drug testing services and is by far the most flexible and customizable. There are hundreds of different combinations of detectable drugs and cutoff levels, there is a urine test panel for almost any scenario to help your business maintain a drug-free workplace.
Urine drug testing detects recent drug use which makes it excellent for post-accident, and substance abuse testing. Businesses can rely on onsite testing for its cost-effectiveness, the capacity to screen for a variety of different drugs, and the ability to withstand most legal challenges.
There are variations of the urine drug test but all involve the subject urinating directly into a cup with a temperature strip to verify that the sample is in an acceptable temperature range. A POCT (point of contact test) often referred to as an instant test can register negative or non-negative for the presence of specific drugs being tested. All non-negative test results from a POCT must be confirmed at the lab so it is defensible in court.
Any drugs present in the bloodstream are metabolized in the liver, except for THC which metabolizes in the fat cells, before being excreted in the urine. Drugs are detectable for a significantly longer time in urine than in oral fluid. The actual time a drug will remain detectable in a sample will depend on some of the following:
- The number of drugs used
- Frequency of use
- The nature of the drug itself
- An individual’s metabolism and general health
- The number of fluids taken since taking the drug
- The amount of exercise since taking the drug
How long does it take to do a urine drug test?
How long does it take to get results for a urine drug test?
1 Min. Or Less
POCT instant tests will give results in less than one minute.
Detection Window Period
12 hrs. to 5 days
12 hours to 5 days for most drugs.
The subject is asked to wash hands and the urine drug test is explained, with the steps printed on the back of the donor copy of the Chain of Custody Form.
Things To Know About Urine Drug Tests
We test for a wide variety of drugs such as amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, marijuana, MDMA (Ecstasy) and its metabolite, methadone, opiates, oxycodone, phencyclidine (PCP and propoxyphene, synthetic cannabinoids (K2, “Spice”), and synthetic stimulants (“Bath Salts”).
Additionally, specialized panels such as Medical Professional Panels test for a broad range of prescription drugs more accessible in the healthcare industry, and there are also steroid panels to detect performance-enhancing drugs and anabolic steroid use.
Depending on the employer’s protocols the time of the specimen collection may or may not be monitored. We offer clinic and onsite drug testing utilizing urine testing.
To learn more about the guidelines and laws on medical or recreational use of marijuana and THC testing click here.