A drug test is normally carried out by analyzing your urine for the occurrence of any illegal drugs/prescription medicines. Most drug tests screens for chemicals such as amphetamines, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, methamphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, methadone, and opioids to name a few. However, nowadays people can easily avail synthetic urine to misinterpret test results, although it is manufactured for laboratory purposes. Moreover, the steps on how to use your synthetic urine kit are also quite simple to follow.
Purposes of a Drug Test
- To identify if you have a drug/alcohol problem as a first measure in your health test
- As a screening process before the hiring of any new employee at reputed organizations
- To check the usage of drugs periodically in rehabilitation centers
- To screen athletes of foul play
Types of Drug Tests
- UDS or Urine Drug Screens – This is a cost-effective and quick process that gives results instantaneously. However, it does not screen out all drugs. Hence, it is not suitable for all purposes.
- Gas Chromatography (GC) or Mass Spectrometry (MS) tests – This is usually carried out as a follow-up test to the UDS. It is more expensive and takes more time to generate results. However, the test results are very accurate.
Formal Drug Test Procedures
You will need to collect your urine sample in a specially enclosed bathroom where the test is likely to be conducted. You will not be allowed to take in any personal belongings inside.
- For this first take the specimen cup for collecting the urine sample.
- Make sure that your genital areas are clean before taking the test.
- Urinate into the specimen cup up to the specified mark.
- Close the cup and place it on the collecting table.
- A lab technician generally measures the temperature of the urine sample to ensure if it is within the expected range.
- The sample is then sealed, packed, and sent for drug testing.
Test results are measured in nanograms per milliliter – ng/mL. Usually, there is a cutoff point for the test result, which means that a result that falls below the cutoff value indicates a negative result while a value higher than the cutoff point indicates a positive result.