Instant drug testing FAQs

Quest Diagnostics

Why instant drug testing?

Man using a Express Results instant urine drug test
Drug abuse in the workplace puts employers at a risk of increased accidents, more absenteeism, lower productivity and higher insurance costs. Hair testing, like all drug testing methodologies, helps to mitigate these risks by screening out applicants and employees who use drugs. 
Instant drug testing yields rapid, reliable results. Compared with lab-based testing which can take hours or even days to provide a result, instant testing takes only minutes and enables faster decision making and greater program efficiency.

What factors should be considered when evaluating instant versus laboratory-based drug testing?
Convenience and fast turnaround times are important. Other key considerations include your company’s drug testing program and objectives, states laws in every state you conduct business, the value of an accurate test and a commitment to the added responsibility of collecting and overseeing an on-site drug testing program. In the case of instant drug testing, factor in whether or not your company/employees are in a position to bear the responsibility of interpreting and determining the test results.
Is instant drug testing legal in every state?
No. As such it’s important to check the state laws in every state that you do business. States that do permit instant drug testing may require that certain testing procedures to be followed in order to conduct instant testing. Examples include collection procedures, split specimens, chain of custody protocols, confirmation testing, drug cutoff levels, MRO verification, results reporting and the use of FDA-listed devices.
What workplace drug test products does Quest Diagnostics provide?
Quest Diagnostics offers Express Results™ Online, an instant, urine drug testing solution that screens for up to 11 drugs in minutes. Our most popular instant urine drug testing product is called Express Results™ which integrates the specimen collection and drug test into a single device. We also offer an instant alcohol test called Q.E.D®.
Is the laboratory testing available to verify the results of instant drug tests?
Yes. Actually the best practice for any instant drug testing program is to send non-negative initial screens into the laboratory for confirmatory testing.

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