Instant urine drug testing indicates the presence of drugs using an instant screen analysis. After ingestion, drugs may be present in urine for up to 3 to 4 days*. As a result, this provides a sign that drugs may be present in the urine sample. This information also provides details on instant urine drug testing costs.
*Based on single use. This may vary from person to person. See time-frames below.
- How does Instant Urine Drug Testing work?
- Instant Urine Drug Test Process
- When to use Instant Urine Drug Testing?
- The pros and cons of instant urine drug testing
- Instant urine drug test costs
- Sample Collection Appointments
How does Instant Urine Drug Testing work?
After taking a drug, it enters a person’s blood-stream. Next, the drug transfers from the liver to the bladder. As a result, what remains of the drug gets excreted out of the body through urine.
First, we perform a screen of the sample in the lab. The screen is very accurate. As a result, it provides an advantage over the urine instant Point of Care (POC) Drug Test. The screen takes 1 to 2 working days from the appointment. If the lab detects nothing in the screen, we will issue a negative (Pass) report. But, if the sample screens non-negative, the sample will go on for further testing. As a result, we will issue an ‘Undergoing Further Analysis’ notification.
The screen analysis is undertaken against predetermined cut-off levels for all drugs tested.
The standard panel includes 6 drug groups:
Also, depending on your requirements, we can test more drugs if needed. These include:
Instant Urine Drug Test Process
We perform this test under strict chain of custody protocols. Also, the collection is undertaken by trained and certified sample collection officers. Additionally, identification takes place by obtaining official ID such as passport or driving licence. Also, we provide the drug test results at the appointment. Whereby, a copy goes to the donor with one going to donor’s organisation/employer, if applicable. Beforehand, the trained collection officer will interpret the analysis from the urine cup. Next, they make a decision on whether the sample needs further analysis at the lab. But, this is depending on authorisation being in place to do so.
The detection window for urine in the system is around 3-5 days depending on the drug. Also, alcohol testing is available in conjunction with this test. For example, a breathalyser screen provides evidential alcohol results.
In addition, the above process is compliant with ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and ISO 14001. As a result, GDPR compliance is assured.
When to use Instant Urine Drug Testing?
Instant urine drug testing is a cost effective and prompt method of determining recent drug use. Screening results are available within minutes of sample collection. Also, it is a popular testing method for private individuals and business. For instance, within industry and commercial organisations for random or pre-employment drug testing.
Many organisations choose this option as it provides the following benefits:
- Instant screen results providing an early sign of drug abuse. For example, when results are time sensitive and required for quick deployment of personnel
- Cost effective
- Suitable for mass screening of workforce
- Quality device providing reliable initial signs of drug abuse
The pros and cons of instant urine drug testing
There are many benefits in using this test. Yet, there are limitations that you must take into account before deciding if this is the right one for your circumstances.
- Accuracy of the test compared to urine laboratory screen and confirmation testing. The laboratory test has more stringent cut-off levels when analysing the samples.
- False positive and negatives can occur. We recommend lab analysis for all non-negative results from a POC screen. Only the confirmation testing at the laboratory is legally defensible.
- If there is a large amount of non-negative test results; as a result, the extra cost to confirm the results may outweigh any initial cost benefits.
- Taking disciplinary action based on POC Test results is not advisable. Instant urine drug testing is not legally defensible due to potential false negative or positives. Laboratory confirmation testing must be undertaken before making any disciplinary decisions.
- For on-site testing at your location or the workplace, the toilets must be secure.
- The detection period is only short (3-5 days). If you need a longer period of analysis, it may be worth considering hair drug testing.
So then, there are many things to consider for this option. But, this is an effective method for certain circumstances. Please speak to our team who will talk you through the pros and cons.
Instant urine drug test costs
For individual bookings, the instant urine drug test costs are:
- £130 for a clinic appointment
- £145 for a mobile collection
If required, non-negative samples will go for laboratory analysis. This may incur an extra charge.
Also, optional alcohol testing is available in conjunction with this test. There is no extra charge for this. In addition, alcohol samples include either breath or saliva, depending on your needs. All Crystal Health breath alcohol testing is undertaken using Home Office approved breathalysers.
For workplace drug testing, instant urine drug test costs are lower than those above. For instance, per person costs can be as low as £30. Please call to request an official quotation.
Appointments are available for both individuals and business.
If you are a private client, please call 0800 988 7107 and our team will talk you through the process. They will answer any technical questions you might have about this service.
If you are a business and considering implementing a random drug testing programme. Then please call to speak to our team who will outline the options available to you. These will include the option of utilising a drug testing clinic for off-site tests. Or, a mobile collection officer attending your location to perform on-site testing.
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