Drug Screening and Testing Services
FACT Labs offers a full line of drug testing options and services including hair, urine, saliva, blood, and fingernail analysis.
Urine is the most commonly used testing sample for drug tests. Our body breaks those substances into parts that we can use to affect our body processes. Metabolites are the substances left behind after the breakdown, and they are removed from the body with urine. Certain substances, including drugs, leave specific metabolite footprints in the urine for a period of time. If the urine is tested during that time, the urine drug test can reveal the presence of these metabolites and, therefore, the occurrence of drug use.
It takes approximately 5-10 days from the time of drug use for the hair containing drug to grow above the scalp where it can be collected. The typical length of head hair tested is 1½ inches from the root end. Since the average growth rate of human head hair is approximately ½ inch/month a hair analysis covers an approximate 90 day time frame.
Traces of recent drug use can be found by swabbing a testing subject’s inner cheek and analyzing the saliva. A major advantage of saliva drug testing is that it is ideal when you want quick results, as it can take minutes to complete. It’s also great for detecting very recent drug use, as saliva more quickly comes to contain drug traces than other potential test sampling fluids.
A fingernail drug test is probably the best way to obtain a deep history of past drug use. Drugs spread throughout the person’s body affecting almost every body system. As they are metabolized, they continue spreading throughout the body via the bloodstream. Trace indicators of drug use are left behind in a few places, even long after drug use. By analyzing a person’s fingernails for these trace indicators, it can be determined whether or not the person has used drugs within the last several months.
FACTLabs drug test panels have a broad range to screen for a full array of drugs:
- A standard 5 panel drug urine test is the drug test most frequently used by government agencies and private employers. A 5 panel drug test typically tests for commonly abused substances, including THC, Opiates, PCP, Cocaine, and Amphetamines.
- A standard 7 panel drug urine test typically looks for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, pcp, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, & barbiturates. A seven panel drug test is often administered by companies or individuals who are concerned an employee might be abusing prescription drugs.
- A standard 10 panel drug urine test typically looks for cocaine, marijuana, PCP, amphetamines, opiates, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, methadone, propoxyphene, & Quaaludes. A ten panel drug screen is often administered to test employees of law enforcement and occupational medicine, as well as to examine if a person on legal probation is violating the terms of that probation.
- A standard 12 panel drug urine test typically looks for cocaine, marijuana, PCP, amphetamines, opiates, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, methadone, propoxyphene, Quaaludes, Ecstasy/MDA, & Oxycodone/Percoset. A twelve panel drug is often administered as an extension to the 10 panel test and looks for either the presence of extended opiates and prescription painkillers, or can look for traces of other controlled substances if that is dangerous to the workplace.
Results for specimens that screen negative for all drugs are generally available within 24 hours after specimens are received at the testing laboratory. Results for confirmation testing of presumptive positive screens are usually available within an additional 72 hours.
Saliva drug testing is very difficult to adulterate and are best performed for water soluble drugs. Saliva Drug Testing is generally used to check if the person is under the influence at that very moment or was abusing substance within past several hours.
The disadvantages mostly relate to the short drug detection time limitation of saliva drug tests. Most drugs do not linger in saliva and disappear quickly. Because of this saliva testing is being considered for drug detection in situations where recent drug use must be detected including vehicle and equipment drivers, those involved in workplace or other accidents and not as a use to detect past drug use.