Sweat Patch Drug Testing
A sweat patch is a convenient way to test for drugs, especially amongst those who need heightened accountability. As an example, if you want to be sure someone didn’t use drugs within a week or two’s window of time, this method provides an effective and affordable way to do so. A sweat patch will test for the most commonly abused drugs (those usually tested in a 5-panel): marijuana, opiates, cocaine, amphetamines, and PCP.
How Does The Drug Sweat Patch Test Work?
Oftentimes court orders or high suspicions of drug-using employees (or even sometimes parents) will require someone to be monitored for drug use 24/7. The sweat patch is a great drug testing solution for this.
The individual will stick the patch onto their skin (most often their arm) and wear it for around a week. If it comes off, we can help issue a new drug test. After the duration of testing is over, our collectors will take the sweat patch off the skin and send it in for testing and analysis – just like we do the other drug tests we offer.
All of this is done under our supervision to ensure the test is reliable.
The patch collects the dead skin and sweat that’s naturally excreted from your body – substances that will contain traces of drugs if they were used when someone was wearing the patch.
To request a drug sweat patch test or to learn more information, contact us.
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What Are The Advantages Of A Drug Patch Test?
This isn’t a drug test for everyone, but it’s very useful in some circumstances and comes with a variety of advantages including:
- Tamper Proof
The drug patch cannot be removed, or the test won’t be accurate and a new patch will need to be put on by us in order for it to be valid. Plus, there’s nothing you can eat, drink, or do to cheat a sweat patch test.
- Non-Invasive & Ease
No bathrooms, no needle pokes, no swabs – it makes for a non-invasive, simple test for those who need routinely and continuously monitored.
- Longer Detection Window
One of the biggest benefits of a drug patch is that it detects the presence of drugs over a longer period of time than other tests. Someone will wear this patch all day, every day, for 7-14 days. If they use drugs within this timeframe, the patch will pick it up.
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.