Oral Fluid Laboratory drug testing will detect the presence of drugs of abuse in saliva. Also, it can confirm the exact type of drug found, using UKAS 17025 accredited methods.
This option is an effective way of determining recent drug use. For instance, it has an effective detection window for drugs for up to 48 hours. Initial screen results are available within 1 – 2 working days of sample collection. Also, confirmation testing of non-negative screens take only 3 working days.
The Standard panel of 5 drug groups we test for is below:
- Amphetamines, including Methamphetamine and Ecstasy (MDMA)
- Benzodiazepine (including Diazepam and Temazepam)
Also, we can combine this test with a Breath Alcohol Screen. As a result, providing evidential alcohol screen results at the same time.
At the appointment, we will request formal identification from the donor. Next, we collect the oral fluid sample, which is then sealed and bar coded. This is to strict Chain of Custody Protocols following EWDTS guidelines. Samples are then processed in our UKAS 17025 and ILAC accredited laboratory.
We compare results against predefined cut-off levels for all drugs tested. Again, this is following EWDTS guidelines.
Oral Fluid Laboratory Drug Testing Results
We generate and issue laboratory reports for all samples that screen negative. Initial screening takes 1 to 2 working days from the appointment. However, reports are usually available the day after sample collection.
For samples that screen non-negative, we issue an ‘Undergoing Further Analysis’ report. After this the sample will go on for confirmation testing. This will identify the drug or metabolite found in the sample and the quantity present. If we detect a drug above this cut off level, then we will issue a positive laboratory report.
The laboratory report may specify whether the drug and its quantity are therapeutic. For example, in line with medication already declared by the donor. Further investigation to confirm this can be undertaken using the Medical Review Service. Please ask a member of our team about this service.
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