Urine Testing (Lab Based and Instant)
Urinalysis is the most common form of drug testing. Businesses rely on urine testing to detect drug use due to the test’s relative speed and affordability.
ARCpoint Labs of Southern Maryland can have urine test results within minutes. Our lab is designed to meet the most stringent urine collection procedures.
We take every required step to ensure the individual being tested is unable to tamper with or adulterate the specimen they provide to ARCpoint Labs of Southern Maryland.
5-Panel Urine Test
The following substances are identified with a standard 5-panel urine test:
- THC (Marijuana)
10-Panel Urine Test
The 10-panel urine test is broader in scope and typically used when prescription drug use detection is required. These panels are customizable depending on your needs. A typical 10-panel test might also test for the following drugs:
- (all substances from the 5-panel)
- Methaqualone *
- Propoxyphene *
*Other drugs often substituted – MDMA, Oxycodone and extended opiates
NOTE: Synthetic drug testing is a separate procedure; such drugs are not detected with either a standard 5-panel or 10-panel drug test.
Urine Testing Procedures
When an employer requests a drug test from an employee, the employee is typically directed to a collection site in the area. The employee’s urine is collected in a specially designed secure cup then sealed with a tamper-resistant tape. It is sent via express delivery to a testing laboratory for drug screening (typically SAMHSA 5-panel).
Because the efficacy of urine testing can be compromised by adulterating and/or substituting specimens, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) now require that specimens with temperature abnormalities or those that show signs of adulteration be admitted with a second specimen from the donor. The second specimen is collected under direct observation (DOT testing only).
Donor required to submit to additional testing produce a specimen in the collector or observer’s presence. Furthermore, the new DOT regulations require that the donor raise and lower clothing and make a 360-degree turn in front of the collector or observer to show that they do not possess any device or substance they can use to falsify the test.
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