What drug tests should you take to cover all the bases?
The essential mandatory requirement of any drug test is that it has to detect commonly abused illegal drugs. Fortunately, most drug tests in the market meet this need.
However, sometimes drug tests don’t detect all common illegal drugs in a single test. Therefore, a multi-panel drug test is recommended. It allows you to save money in the long run, and it only covers the drugs you need to test for.
Keep scrolling for all you need to know about an all-in-one drug test.
Why Test for Drugs?
There are multiple reasons one would administer a drug test. First, many companies are now implementing a drug-free working environment, and drug testing is one action that employers can take to attain this.
As a result, if employees know they could be drug tested spontaneously, they are far less likely to use drugs recreationally. Alternatively, if the employee has an addiction problem, the company can identify and assist the staffer in getting treatment.
Which Drug is Which?
Each drug test cup has a list of illicit substances they screen for, but which is which? These are the drugs people commonly abuse:
- Marijuana and extracts (THC oil, wax, and glass), and hashish
- Cocaine and drugs including cocaine such as crack or freebase
- Opioids in their many forms like heroin, oxycodone, codeine, morphine, and smoked opium
- Benzodiazepines, or benzos such as Valium, Xanax, and Ativan
- Amphetamines such as include speed, meth, or medications for ADHD (e.g., Ritalin and Adderall)
- Barbiturates including phenobarbital, amobarbital, secobarbital, and phenobarbital
- Phencyclidine or PCP
- Methadone, which is often medically prescribed to assist with quitting opioids
- Methaqualone or Quaaludes
Types of Tests
There are a wide variety of drug test kits available today, so it’s essential to know which test you need to purchase and what they test for. We’ll go over the types of tests here.
Drug test cups
Due to their simplicity and accuracy, drug test cups are increasing in popularity.
These drug test kits come with a secure, leak-proof lid and can detect up to 18 different kinds of illegal drugs. In addition, each test comes with a temperature strip to deter tampering with the sample.
These drug test kits are available in 6-, 8-, 10-, 12-, 14-, 16-, and 18-panel tests, and results can be read through the container itself within a few minutes. Test results are displayed as either negative, positive, or invalid.
This instant drug test screens for Amphetamines (AMP), morphine, methamphetamine, Benzodiazepines (BZO), Cocaine (COC), Methadone (MTD), Oxycodone (OXY), Buprenorphine (BUP), Ecstasy (MDMA), and Marijuana (THC).
This instant drug test screens for Amphetamines (AMP), Morphine (OPI), Methamphetamine (MET), Benzodiazepines (BZO), Cocaine (COC), Methadone (MTD), Oxycodone (OXY), Buprenorphine (BUP), Ecstasy (MDMA), and Marijuana (THC) with the addition of Barbiturates (BAR)and Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCA).
This instant drug test screens for Amphetamines (AMP), Morphine (OPI), Methamphetamine (MET), Benzodiazepines (BZO), Cocaine (COC), Methadone (MTD), Oxycodone (OXY), Buprenorphine (BUP), Ecstasy (MDMA), Marijuana (THC), Barbiturates (BAR), Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCA), and Fentanyl.
This instant drug test screens for Amphetamines (AMP), Morphine (OPI), Methamphetamine (MET), Benzodiazepines (BZO), Cocaine (COC), Methadone (MTD), Oxycodone (OXY), Buprenorphine (BUP), Ecstasy (MDMA), Marijuana (THC), Barbiturates (BAR), Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCA), Fentanyl (FYL), and Ethyl-glucuronide (ETG).
The downside to this type of test is that privacy is required in the form of a restroom, and they often will need to be scheduled ahead of time. Additionally, cup tests also come with the risk that the sample could be tampered with before the results can be returned.
Individual strips can test specifically for particular drugs if you don’t need an all in one drug test. With these, you will need a container for the urine specimen, gloves, and a timer. The following tests are available as test strips.
Fentanyl Test Strips
Fentanyl test strips test specifically for Fentanyl in the system. In addition, these tests can be used to detect the presence of Fentanyl in any solution, not just urine, and results can be seen within five minutes.
EtG Alcohol Strips
ETG test strips are a cost-effective way to screen for alcohol abuse as they test for the presence of Ethyl glucuronide in the body. ETG is a byproduct of ethanol, which is naturally formed in the body after ingesting alcoholic drinks.
Saliva oral swabs
Saliva oral swabs detect multiple substances, and results can be seen in under ten minutes. Therefore, saliva oral swabs are the preferred method of screening in the USA.
Saliva oral swabs reduce the chance of sample tampering, as results are difficult to adulterate. In addition, these tests are much more convenient as they eliminate the need for a restroom.
Mouth Swab Drug Test
This instant drug test screens for Amphetamines (AMP), Morphine (OPI), Methamphetamine (MET), barbiturates, Benzodiazepines (BZO), Cocaine (COC), Methadone (MTD), Oxycodone (OXY), Buprenorphine (BUP), Ecstasy (MDMA), Phencyclidine (PCP), and Marijuana (THC).
Administering an All In One Drug Test
Should you need to administer an all-in-one drug test, the process is straightforward. Below we will take a look at the steps required to administer an all in one drug test successfully.
Drug Testing Instructions:
- Remove the drug test from its pouch
- Label the cup with donors information
- Collect the urine sample
- Close the lid securely
- Remove the peel-off label from the test cup.
- Wait five minutes for the results.
- Read the results.
How to Read a Drug test cup
Two colored bands appear on the membrane, with one band appearing in the control zone (C) and the other in the test zone (T).
Only one colored band appears on the membrane in the control zone (C). Nothing appears in the test zone (T).
The test should be declared invalid and disposed of if the control band fails to appear in the specified read time.
Cut-Off Levels for Screening
The cut-off level on a drug test is the minimum requirement of drugs present in the user’s system, and these results are shown as ng/ml (nanograms per milliliter).
Having a cut-off level assists in lessening the chance of a false-positive, which can occur if one has ingested a legal amount of coca, opium, or hemp.
Below we will list the cut-off levels in 12 Panel Now drug test kits.
- Amphetamines (AMP) 1000ng/ml
- Morphine (OPI) 300ng/ml
- Methamphetamine (MET) 1000ng/ml
- Benzodiazepines (BZO) 300ng/ml
- Cocaine (COC) 300ng/ml
- Methadone (MTD) 300ng/ml
- Oxycodone (OXY) 100ng/ml
- Buprenorphine (BUP) 10ng/ml
- Ecstasy (MDMA) 500ng/ml
- Marijuana (THC) 50ng/ml
- Barbiturates (BAR) 300ng/ml
- Phencyclidine (PCP) 25ng/ml
- Fentanyl (FYL) 200ng/ml
- Ethyl-glucuronide (ETG) 500ng/ml
- Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCA) 1000ng/ml
- Nortriptyline (TCA) 1000 ng/mL
- Kratom (KRA) 500 ng/mL
- Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) 20 ng/ml
- Hydrocodone (HCO) 300 ng/mL
In rare cases, eating something like a poppy seed bagel can produce a false positive for opium, even though the person being tested has not taken any form of opioid.
Second-hand smoke can also sometimes produce a false positive, depending on the exposure to the smoke.
How Far Back Can a Urine Test Detect Drugs?
Every substance metabolizes differently depending on a couple of factors. These factors include the person’s weight, metabolism, and how much and how frequently they use the specific substance.
While there are many variables that might affect the detection time, here is a list of general detection windows per drug.
- Amphetamines (AMP) 1-2 Days
- Barbiturates (BAR) 1-4 Days
- Benzodiazepines (BZO) 1-2 Days
- Buprenorphine (BUP) 2-6 Days
- Cocaine (COC) 2-4 Days
- Ecstasy (MDMA) 2-4 Days
- Marijuana (THC) 5+ Days
- Methadone (MTD) 1-3 Days
- Methamphetamine (mAMP or MET) 2-4 Days
- Morphine (OPI) 2-3 Days
- Oxycodone (OXY) 1-3 Days
- Tricyclic antidepressants (TCA) 2-7 Days
- Nortriptyline (TCA) 2-7 Days
- Kratom (KRA) 1-9 Days
- Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) 1-7 Days
- Hydrocodone (HCO) 1-7 Days
How Accurate Are Drug Tests?
Our urine drug test kits conform with SAMHSA cut-off levels, are CLIA-waived, and are FDA-approved.
All of our tests are 99% accurate, allowing you to rely on these drug test kits to produce accurate results each time you administer one.
The low cut-off levels make this the perfect urine analysis test for pain management and screening for addiction.
If you are concerned about the accuracy of a urine test result, you can send the urine test results to a lab for confirmation.
Where Can I Buy a Urine Drug Test?
If you’re looking to buy a drug test that tests for everything, have a look at our drug test cups category and select the test that best suits your needs – we have a test for everything. These all in one drug tests are also available in bulk, bringing the cost-per-test down significantly.
All our tests are CLIA and FDA approved, and pricing starts as low as $1,54 per drug test cup.