1. Some donors try to cheat urine drug tests.

While it is the most common drug testing method, urine testing is not foolproof. Donors may try to beat a urine drug test diluting their sample, adding contaminants, or even trying to substitute another person’s urine for their own during the collection. Specimen validity testing completed by a laboratory ensures the integrity of a urine specimen and filter out cheating attempts. Protocols like measuring pH, creatinine, and specific gravity (when indicated) and help to identify results not consistent with human urine.

2. Urine testing can detect a wide range of drugs.

Center for Wellness and Pain Care laboratory tests for the following drugs: amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, MDMA (ecstasy), methadone, opiates, oxycodone, Carisoprodol and Tapentadol. Our most commonly requested urine drug test is an 8-panel test that screens for the presence of the amphetamines, cocaine, methadone, opiates, oxycodone, barbiturates, benzodiazepines and ethyl alcohol. Our confirmation panel contains more than 38 drug classes and their metabolites.

3. Urine testing detects recent drug use.

Urine drug testing detects recent drug use in the previous 24 to 72 hours. Keep in mind that drug detection in urine can vary depending on the drug, the amount of the drug ingested, and an individual’s biology.

4. Urine drug testing can be used for a wide variety of testing situations.

Urine drug testing is a flexible and reliable solution for most testing reasons, whether testing is for follow up of medication, pre-employment or random.

5. A urine drug test can be completed at a collection site such as in our clinic

Urine drug testing requires a minimum of 30 mL of urine collected in the privacy of a restroom. A collector then pours the urine specimen into a bottle that is sealed with tamper-evident tape.

6. Urine testing is the most frequently used method of drug testing.

Urine drug testing is the most commonly used drug test specimen type because of its proven methodology and broad range of drug panels. While all drug test specimen types: urine, oral fluid, and hair have their advantages, urine drug testing is the most flexible and customizable to detect recent drug use.

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