Saliva/Oral Fluid Testing
A popular new option for people needing drug testing is saliva testing – which involves testing oral fluids for traces of drug or alcohol use. This is becoming more and more popular over the standard urine test. It’s as easy as a blood test, but without the needles and bio-hazardous waste, and it’s also incredibly secure with every test being facilitated by an observed collection.
Detect Drug Use Sooner
If your issue is speed and timing, a saliva drug test is one of the quickest ways to determine drug use. You don’t have to wait until someone can provide a urine sample, and even the urine itself has a delay for detection (4 hours). The saliva test will let you know if someone has used drugs or alcohol within the past hour. Plus, the results from a saliva/oral drug test arrive sooner than the urine test.
Negative results can be returned within the same day. Non-negative tests will be sent off to the lab and results should be returned within a week.
24-48 hours – that is the window the oral/saliva test can pick up drug or alcohol use.
For this reason, this is a preferred testing option when there’s been an emergency – like in the case of a car accident involving DOT-regulated vehicles and equipment drivers. Our team can show up and perform oral drug testing on-site, letting you know if the people involved have used drugs within the past hour.
Not only this, but oral/saliva testing will let you know the level of impairment for the person. The test will look for a substance called “parent compound” – a psychoactive ingredient that if found in the saliva, it means it’s also in the bloodstream, which can indicate the level of drugs or alcohol in the blood. By contrast, the urine test doesn’t measure the “parent compound” but instead checks for “metabolites” which are by-products of the parent compound and do not determine the levels of impairment.
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Is it possible to cheat this test?
It’s much harder to cheat an oral drug test. Why?
For starters, the person providing the sample doesn’t require privacy and must offer the sample under direct supervision of the trained professional. Plus, you cannot add anything to your saliva to tamper a test.
Collecting saliva/oral fluids is much easier than collecting urine. It goes without saying, it’s less of a mess as well, for everyone involved. Plus, no observed collection needed, nor any bathrooms or privacy.
Why We Perform Observed Collections
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.
Be prepared for your drug test:
- Bring your Government Issued Picture ID
- Bring Drug Test Paperwork or Authorization
- Complete TSL Intake Form & HIPAA Disclosure
- Pay for your Test on the same day it happens
- Make sure you are hydrated if you are performing a Urine Test
- Expect to have your nail polish removed if getting a Nail Drug Test
- We do not need your prescription information but a Medical Review Officer (MRO) may contact you after collection to verify your medications.
- For urine testing, plan on arriving 3 hours before we close (1 hr minimum) to provide a cushion of time for a shy bladder situation.
- For hair testing, be sure to dry your hair completely before arriving.
- For nail testing, be sure to clean your nails with soap and water before arriving. Also, artificial nails and polish must be removed
What Are Your Hours?
- All Test Smartly Labs are open Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm
- The Overland Park Testing Center is also open from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
- No appointment is required to come into our labs, and all of our locations are on a walk-in basis. However, it is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. If your situation requires special time considerations, please call us to determine if it would be better to arrange an appointment time.
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
- No doctors’ orders needed, we are a Direct-Access Testing Center. You are encouraged to consult your medical professional with your lab test results.
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
- Average turnaround time is 2-5 business days depending on the complexity of the lab work. Most tests are available in 2-3 days.
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
- Per protocol, the lab techs are not allowed to receive or ask for your medications. A medical review officer or MRO, a licensed physician who specializes in toxicology, will call you and ask for your medications and your physician’s phone number if it’s detected in your sample during testing. The MRO will then call your physician to verify your medications.