Oral swab drug testing has the reliability of urine testing without the invasiveness of requiring a urine sample. In this guide, we’ll give you a complete overview of what oral swab drug tests are and how they can benefit your drug testing process.
Before you buy oral swab drug tests, you should know exactly what they are and how they work. Simply, an oral swab drug test consists of a swab and a test cube.
The collection stick contains a large absorbent collection swab at the end. The test cube contains several test strips, which come in contact with the saliva during the test and react to the chemicals within the saliva.
Accuracy of Oral Swab Drug Tests
When it comes to discussing the accuracy of oral swab drug tests, there are two common questions to answer: how accurate is a saliva drug test, and is it more accurate than a urine sample?
Saliva drug tests typically range between 90% and 99% accuracy, but you can take the guesswork out of the equation by purchasing a 10-panel saliva drug test that offers 99% accuracy.
When considering the accuracy of urine vs. saliva drug tests, the answer isn’t as straightforward. Both have their pros and cons when it comes to specific substances, detecting recent use, and the ability to tamper with results.
One of the benefits of oral swab drug tests is that there is very little scope for tampering. The same level of privacy that’s required for a urine sample isn’t necessary for a saliva test. This means that the supervisor can ensure that the individual follows the procedure exactly as instructed.
What Drugs Does a Mouth Swab Test For?
It depends on the number of panels of the mouth swab drug test.
For example, the 10-Panel Oral Drug Test screens for ten drugs of abuse. These are:
How to Use a Mouth Swab Drug Test
To use the mouth swab drug test, you must remove the entire kit from its package and tear off the collection stick package. In order for the results to be accurate, the subject must have not put anything in their mouth for ten minutes prior to the test.
Then, you should insert the collection stick into the test subject’s mouth. You must let the test stick sit in the subject’s mouth for three minutes to collect enough saliva. For those who don’t produce as much saliva, you can leave it in their mouth for a bit longer.
To express the saliva sample into the test cube, hold the test cup vertically and push the saturated collection swab into the cube. There is a guide rail with a groove to guide the stick in properly. Make sure that the collection stick is fit into the grove and then press fully.
There must be enough saliva to fill up the test cube to the line. If you don’t have enough saliva, you can collect more with a new collection stick.
Once the collection stick is in place, close the lid and keep the test cube verticle.
How to Read Oral Swab Drug Test Results
Different oral swab drug tests will show results in their own way. Oral swab drug tests come in either drug tests or alcohol tests.
Oral swab drug tests will show results in two minutes after the lid has been closed. For these tests, you should not wait longer than five minutes to read the results.
Alcohol swab tests come with a color chart, which you should compare to the drug test’s reactive pad. One of the five test sticks is black. If this stick shows a color change under the black, compare this new color to the chart.
- Any color change beyond yellow is a positive result, but the intensity of the color change will help you estimate blood alcohol levels.
- The color chart ranges from detecting 0 to 0.3 percent blood alcohol levels. The more alcohol in the bloodstream, the more the test strip will change from yellow to blue to green.
- For oral swab drug tests, you should check test results after ten minutes. You should not wait any longer than one hour after the test to check the results.
- Positive results are marked with the lack of a line on the strips under the control line. The control line will always appear, but a negative result will cause a second line to appear underneath. If you only see a test line and no control line, the test is invalid.
- In other words, one line is either positive or invalid, and two lines mean negative. No matter how faint the line, the appearance of a line under the control line is a negative result.
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