What is the best drug test for Employers and Parents at Home?
Which one is right for me?
It all depends on what you need the test for; different devices are available depending on necessity. Below are the various options currently used for detecting drugs. The latest techniques make it possible to use urine and saliva to identify drug abuse and identify unknown powder and pills. A beneficial option because you may need to identify a suspect compound found before testing an individual. These can be used around the home or at your place of work, all without professional knowledge.
Before you get started, we recommend you read some questions below on what may suit your needs.
Questions to help you decide on the best drug test.
Please take a look at these questions below, and it should help narrow down the most appropriate screening device for your situation.
○ How many drugs should I be testing for?
If you are not sure what drug or drugs test for, then use a device that detects the major drug groups: Cocaine, Opiates, Amphetamines, Marijuana, and Methamphetamine. We call this a ‘five-panel drug test.’ The more panels a device has, the more drugs it analyzes. Some of the most abused substances include Cocaine, Oxycodone, Methamphetamine, Fentanyl, and opiates such as Heroin and Morphine. Take these into consideration when choosing the best test.
○ Should I use a urine or saliva test?
The answer to this one depends on many things. We recommend urine tests whenever possible; they are cheaper and have a wider detection window than a saliva test. Oral/saliva tests are useful when you need to test away from the home or workplace, or there are no convenient places for testing, for the workplace read ‘the best drug test for employers‘, below.
○ Should I test a specimen for adulterants?
We recommend a specimen/adulterant check before every urine drug test. Think about this. If an individual needs to pass their test, they will do whatever it takes to pass it—adding a chemical to neutralize the urine or using substitute urine is standard practice. After all, it’s their reputation that’s on the line. A specimen test will identify many aspects of urine to determine if it has been adulterated or not. Don’t be fooled by what they say or excuses; individuals will lie to pass and keep their job or appease their parents.
○ Can I test for prescription drugs?
The abuse of prescription drugs has reached epidemic proportions globally. The most common being synthetic opiates. Other abused drugs include Amphetamine and Benzodiazepine based drugs. The brand names for some of these are Adderall, Ambien, OxyContin, Zolpidem, Dilaudid, Seroquel, Xanax, Desoxyn, Tussionex, and Opana. Warning, prescription drugs are no safer than street drugs when abused and have far-reaching effects, physically and mentally. If you are not sure what they are taking, expand your testing to a twelve-panel drug test.
○ How often should I test?
It depends on the individual or the workplace. If the workplace is related to construction or has safety-sensitive issues like drivers, forklift operators, or heavy machinery operators, these should be performed randomly. New hires should always be tested before employment. If you observe unusual behavior, then test immediately. For parents testing their loved ones at home, it can be more complicated. Depending on the situation, then check them every week until you see an improvement. Never give advanced notice to your loved ones or an employee if you are about to test them.
○ What if I want to detect a particular drug or drugs?
Testing for only one drug can be dangerous unless you are confident this is the only drug they abuse. We have determined that a user may change their drug of choice to avoid detection. Our recommendation is to check for an array of commonly abused drugs using a ten-panel device.
○ How long does a drug stay in the body?
Detection of a drug will rely on the person’s metabolic rate, body mass, how pure the drug was, and how often ingested. Typically a drug can be detected in the body over to 72 hours from ingestion. The only sure way to establish abuse is to do the test and see the result. Here is a useful chart to inform on common drugs of abuse.
○ How many tests should I purchase?
Always have some tests in reserve. If you need to test ten or more people, then a box of twenty-five is perfect. These devices have a shelf life of over eighteen months, so they will last for the next round of testing or for unexpected tests you may need to do in the interim.
What is the best drug test for Employers?
The simplest and most popular method for testing employees is a urine Dip-card; they simultaneously detect up to thirteen drugs. The most common are five and ten-panel options. These kits are also available with a specimen validity check to determine urine integrity before testing for drugs, assuring the administrator the donor is not trying to cheat.
Features & Benefits: Long shelf life, low unit cost, 99% accurate, easy to use, and results appear in minutes.
The cup configuration has many benefits as all parts are integrated within the cup. This includes a cup, temperature check, analysis, and an optional specimen validity check. They are now available to analyze up to sixteen drugs simultaneously.
Features & Benefits: The cup design is a lot cleaner to handle and less prone to mistakes. The cup is for the donor’s urine sample, the temp strip on the cup is for monitoring sample temperature, and the results of the analysis are read directly on the cup. An optional specimen validity check checks the urine sample’s integrity, making it more difficult for a donor to cheat. Results appear in minutes for the whole process.
Oral fluid or saliva drug testing is a method for detecting drug metabolites from saliva in the mouth. An oral test is more convenient for on-site testing, especially when there are no bathroom facilities available. Now you can use FDA Exempt Oral/Saliva tests for any non-federal work environment.
Features & Benefits: The analysis only takes a few minutes, and the results are almost instant. They can be used anywhere that’s appropriate for testing. And it’s difficult for the donor to defeat the analysis and cheat the test.
A drug residue test detects trace amounts of illicit drugs from many sources and can positively identify the presence even when invisible. Testing the workplace for signs of drug residue is a simple process and can be used for testing surfaces, clothing, computer keyboards, bags, purses, automobiles, and more.
Features & Benefits: Results appear in seconds, detect many different narcotics drugs, simple to use, and easy to interpret.
What is the best drug test kit at home?
These are, by far, the most popular method of drug testing at home. Dip-card drug test kits are easy to administer in your bathroom. One device can detect up to thirteen drugs simultaneously. The most popular varieties come in 5 and 10-panels, identifying five or ten drugs simultaneously. These kits are also available with a specimen validity to check integrity, ensuring the urine sample was not contaminated or tampered with by the donor.
Features & Benefits: Low cost, accurate, easy to use and administer, results appear in minutes.
Features & Benefits: Ideal for simple, clean drug testing. Integrated cup with urine temperature check and drug analysis all in one. Accurate, easy to use, and administer with no exposure to urine. The results appear in minutes on the side of the cup.
Surface drug tests are often the first step to quickly identify drugs of abuse around the home. Trace amounts of illicit drugs from many sources can be positively identified before you start testing loved ones. You can use them around the house, including your teenager’s room or automobile. You can check almost any surface and clothing, plastic bags, worktops, computer keyboards, cars, and more.
Features & Benefits: Results appear in seconds, detects and identifies many different drugs, simple to use, and easy to interpret.
The best drug test for employers is the one that best suits your environment. If you need to test workers on-site, then an Oral/Saliva test is the best option. If you test in the workplace, then there is more choice. But most importantly, make sure it detects the right drugs of abuse. It seems obvious, but you may be surprised how many times a device is purchased that analyzes the wrong drugs wasting everybody’s time and money.
Buy the best test money can buy, make sure it’s of good quality, and able to demonstrate consistent results. Make sure the test is administered correctly, and follow the instructions precisely, catching the abusers as you go.
You may want to investigate buying from Amazon, Walmart, and CVS as another source for testing products. Be aware that you are getting the product you need and at the right price. Walmart and CVS are designed mainly for consumers who want to buy one test at a time. On the other hand, Amazon sells in bulk but does not have the backing or knowledge to offer the best product.
Finally, if you are still not sure what test to buy, use a twelve-panel drug test. A 12-panel detects twelve drugs at once and is more likely to catch the abuser. And as Oral/saliva tests are now available that are FDA Exempt, these can be safely used either at home or by employers.
We can’t help you with every aspect of testing, but our guides above are a good start in defining the best drug test to use and for what drugs. We hope you find this section helpful.