Why oral fluid drug testing?
Drug abuse in the workplace puts employers at a risk of increased accidents, more absenteeism, lower productivity and higher insurance costs. Oral fluid testing, like all drug testing methodologies, helps to mitigate these risks by screening out applicants and employees who use drugs.
Drugs take time to metabolize and pass through the system in a urine test, and the same drugs are incorporated as hair grows and it takes time for the drug to be present in the hair above the scalp. But an oral fluid test will often detect drugs in a donor’s system immediately after use. This makes oral fluid testing ideal for a broad range of testing situations ranging from pre-employment, to reasonable suspicion, to post-accident testing where the employer is interested in assessing what’s in the donors system at the time of collection.
Why choose lab-based oral fluid drug testing?
Oral fluid testing offers confidential lab-based drug test results from a minimally-invasive, observed collection. It is excellent at detecting recent drug use because it can screen for drugs in a donor’s system soon after use. By using oral fluid instead of urine, donors can collect and cap their own oral fluid samples on-site and in the presence of a monitor, reducing the likelihood of tampering or a donor challenge later in the drug testing process. Oral fluid can be used for employment, random, reasonable suspicion, return-to-duty and post-accident drug testing.
What drugs are tested with oral fluid testing?
Quest Diagnostics tests for amphetamine, methamphetamines (including MDMA and its metabolite), opiates (codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, 6-AM), cocaine (metabolite), marijuana (THC), and phencyclidine (PCP).
What is the detection window for drugs in oral fluid?
While every drug and donor is different, oral fluid is widely regarded as the most reliable specimen type for detecting recent use. Oral fluid is able to detect most drugs starting soon after ingestion and extending out for 24-48 hours after use.
Can I see the oral fluid testing laboratory in process?
While there is no better way to learn about our processes than to take a live laboratory tour, our video is the next best thing as it details our commitment to quality and the procedures involved in oral fluid drug testing.
Read more in our oral fluid drug testing FAQs.
Download our Guide to Establishing a Workplace Drug Testing Program.
Download our white paper about oral fluid screening for marijuana.
Watch our oral fluid drug testing video.
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