Drugs Of Abuse General Information
April 4, 2019
COMMON QUESTIONS FROM EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES ABOUT MOUTH SWAB DRUG TESTS
April 22, 2019

Which drug test is best for me?

There is such a wide variety of drug testing products to choose from, which can be a bit overwhelming.  This guide will help you to decide the best drug test to use for your specific situation. We have a product for every scenario, whether it is for pre-employment testing, forensic testing, clinical testing, or testing at home. First, we will start with some broad questions to get you started in the correct direction.

Do I need CLIA-Waived Products?

If yes, then your options will be either the dip cards or
the integrated cups. If you will be consistently drug testing, we do recommend using the integrated cups due to them being more convenient than the dip cards. However, if having a low cost is the highest concern, then we would recommend viewing the dip cards. For further information on the products, please see them below in the reference guide.

Is a saliva drug test or urine drug test better for me?

Saliva tests are better if you would like to view the applicant as they are taking the drug test and would like the added convenience over dealing with urine samples.  If viewing the applicant isn’t necessary and having a further detection period is more beneficial, then using either a dip cardor integrated cup would be ideal. For further information on the products, please see them below in the reference guide.

Integrated Drug Test Cups

Cost – Mid Range. Depends on quantity ordered.

Bulk Discounts Available

CLIA Waived & FDA Approved– Yes

Drugs Tested – 5-14. Multiple configurations

offered

Procedure – See Graphic

Adulterants – 6 available

Results– 5 min or less

Quantity per box– 25

Additional Information

Integrated test cups are an ideal alternative to using a dip card due to the added convenience of it being an all-in-one testing device. No dipping is required. Drug test cups also have the ability to include a panel of 6 adulterants. For information about adulterants, please read under the MDC-6125 AD product description.  Integrated cups are typically a popular choice within the Healthcare Industry, since frequent testing is needed.

Drug Test Dips

 

Cost – Lowest Cost option. Depends on quantity ordered.

Bulk Discounts Available

CLIA Waived & FDA Approved– Yes

Drugs Tested – 5-12. Multiple configurations offered

Procedure – See Graphic

Adulterants – No

Results– 5 min or less

Quantity per box– 25

Additional Information

Drug test dip cards are a great low cost option if you don’t mind dipping the product into a collection cup to get the results. Dip cards are used frequently in all industries.

Saliva Drug Tests

Cost – Higher cost option. Depends on quantity

ordered. Bulk Discounts Available

Drugs Tested – 5-12. Multiple configurations offered

Procedure – See Graphic

Results– 7-10 min

Non-invasive- Yes

Tamper Resistant– Yes

CLIA-Waived or FDA Approved- No; for forensic use only

Quantity per box– 25

Additional Information

Saliva drug tests are a great option if you want the added convenience of not having to deal with urine, would like a closer detection period, and would like to watch the patient take the drug test. Saliva tests are a very difficult test to fake, making it a great alternative if suspected tampering with urine tests has happened in the past. The detection window period is also smaller, so you are able to detect more recent usage of an illicit substance.

 

Additional Information

After reading this guide, you should have a good idea on which type of drug test will best serve your needs. Still, you may have some questions or uncertainties. Please see below for additional guidance.

How do I get started?

You have already taken a great first step by reading this guide. The next best thing is to give us a call or reach us by email at our Contact us page.  We have product support specialists ready to assist you with any further questions and give you their best recommendations. If you feel certain on your product decision, then go ahead and set up a free account with us to get your first order in.

Do I need special training?

No-our tests are easy to use and it is highly unlikely for any errors to occur if the tests are performed according to the directions. Still, we definitely advise you ask us anything you are uncertain about and read the directions carefully. Our integrated cups and dip cards are both CLIA-Waived and FDA (510) k approved, meaning they are approved as safe to use for aiding in clinical diagnoses. Saliva tests however are not able to be CLIA-Waived or FDA (510) k approved, but still are easy to use. They are for forensic usage only.

How many drugs do I need to test for?

The answer to this question really is different for every situation.  We offer single drug tests all the way up to a 14-panel test. It is in your best interest to test only for drugs that are specific to the reasons you are drug testing in order to be as economical as possible. Costs go up considerably as you add additional drugs to the panel. For detailed information on drugs you are able to test for, see our resource on Drugs of Abuse.

How do I prevent the tampering of samples?

The best two options to eliminate people from tampering with results is by using a saliva drug test or using adulterants. By using a saliva drug test, you can be right in front of a person and watch them take it without it being invasive. This makes saliva tests almost impossible to fake. Adulterants help on integrated cups by giving a reading on the integrity of the sample, meaning that if something was added to tamper with the results such as Clorox, it will likely be detected. Further information on adulterants can be found under the product description of MDC-6125 AD.

Does a positive result mean the drug was used?

No-onsite drug testing devices are strictly qualitative and any presumptive positives must be confirmed at a registered laboratory such as Labcorp or Alere. Onsite UA’s are a tool that helps separate the positive results from the negative ones.

Additional resources

Onsite Drug Testing in the Healthcare Industry 

Workplace Drug Testing and its Benefits 

Drugs of Abuse General Information 

What is CLIA-Waived and Why is it Important 

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