Examining the wide assortment of drug testing options available and exploring the potential pros and cons of each method
There are several reasons or circumstances that can lead to the necessity of a drug test.
10-Panel Lab Based Drug Test: Analyzes the sample for the evidence of 10 different drugs or drug metabolites, all in one test. Tests for AMP, THC, COC, OPI, PCP, BAR, BZO, MTD, MTQ, PPX Lab Confirmation/MRO Included. Specimen Type: Urine
Whether someone has used drugs by smoking, snorting, eating, or injecting drugs via an IV, traces of drug use may be picked up in the urine. A urine drug screen (UDS) is a very common, safe, and painless form of drug testing. It’s a quick and affordable test used by many businesses, schools, courts, social services, and DOT organizations – which is why it’s often seen as a gold standard in the drug testing industry.
At Test Smartly Labs, you can trust our collection procedures, and we’re very aware of the tactics many use to cheat the test. Our collection sites, professionals and systems meet the most strict regulations (DOT regulations) to deter cheating and tampering with the samples.
We also can do Observed Collections to offer 100% certainty no cheating took place.
(It’s important to note – the DOT requires that an abnormality like temperature irregularity of the sample receive follow-up with an observed collection.)
A common 10-panel urine test
This is a basic urine test that will look for the most commonly abused illegal and prescription drugs. They are:
Cotinine Testing for Nicotine/Tobacco Use – a molecule called cotinine is a byproduct of tobacco use and we can test it to see if someone has used it recently or not.
If you need help deciding which test you need or if you’re looking for pricing information, contact us.
Prescription drug abuse implies taking prescription medication was not given to you by the doctor, or taking your prescription medication in a manner that differs from the instructions. While taking prescription medication is not perceived as equivalent to taking illegal street drugs, the consequences can be equally harsh.
Do you remember the last time you applied for a new job? Or perhaps you are a hiring manager at the business who has accepted many applications and interviewed potential hires. One common part of the hiring process is the pre-employment drug test. No matter what side of the process you are on, this drug test is designed to ensure that the company ends up with the best employees possible who will be able to perform their duties safely and successfully.
Are urine drug screens instant?
Instant drug screens are not drug tests.
They are an appealing and attractive option because they can provide negative results very quickly. They’re a good option if you do not need to use the results in court. These screens do not confirm a positive result, but instead provide either “negative” or “non-negative” results. The screen’s only value is to rule out certain drugs with a “negative” reading. If the urine screen reads as non-negative, further testing needs to be done by diagnostic lab testing.
This process involves evaluating the collection through a scientific process.
A medical review officer will get involved to gather the person’s prescription information to see if any substances identified in the urine were legally prescribed, and if the prescription instructions were followed. Only after this evaluation can a test result be used and communicated with confidence.
For this reason, we mostly recommend lab-based drug tests combined with lab confirmations to get a defensible, reliable test result.
Be prepared for your drug test:
What Are Your Hours?
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
Observed collection involves a tester (of the same gender as the person being tested) observing the direct collection of urine as it passes from the donor’s body into the container. This system is in accordance with the Department of Transportation's most strict standards to minimize the abuse of drugs by any DOT-related person, from truck drivers to the Coast Guard. At Test Smartly Labs we test by these gold standards even when the DOT isn’t involved to ensure maximum accuracy, minimized risk of cheating, and reliability of every test we administer. For a DOT observed collection the donor must raise his or her shirt to just above the navel, lower their pants and underwear, and complete a full rotation in view of the tester to ensure a substitution device is not being hidden.
Observed collections are necessary in circumstances where the accuracy of the test can result in a safer or more dangerous life for those related to the person being tested, such as for late-night truck drivers or pilots. Test Smartly Labs takes everyone’s life seriously, including the person being tested, and we will make every effort to reduce discomfort and maintain professionalism without sacrificing security.
The 10-panel urine test looks for everything included in our 5-panel but evaluates the urine to find traces of additional substances commonly abused: