Hair Drug Test vs Urine Drug Test

Which One is Better For You?

Urine Drug Testing

There are many pros and cons of urine drug testing, however urine drug tests are by far the most common test that dates back to 1966 invented by Germen biochemist Manfred Donike. Urine drug tests are one of the least inexpensive drug tests and you are able to get your results back quickly usually between 3-5 business days. This test is noninvasive and can detect for a variety of different substances.

Some of the most common use of a urine drug test today is for pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, post accident and many more. As mentioned, different substances can be detected in urine and at different times. Here is a guide of some of the substances and detection times urine can discover: (This is a guide only)

  • Alcohol: 3-5 days in urine
  • Amphetamines: 1-3 days in urine
  • Barbiturates: 2-4 days in urine
  • Benzodiazepines: 3-6 weeks in urine
  • Cannabis: 7-30 days in urine
  • Cocaine: 3-4 days in urine
  • Codeine: 1 day in urine
  • Heroin: 3-4 days in urine
  • LSD: 1-3 days in urine
  • MDMA (ecstasy): 3-4 days in urine
  • Methamphetamine (crystal meth): 3-6 days in urine
  • Methadone: 3-4 days in urine
  • Morphine: 2-3 days in urine

Despite the pros of urine tests there are some cons. To begin with, urine tests can be easier to alter the results and, in some ways, cheat the test. For example, certain substances can only be detected between 1-5 days, it is feasible to be able to “flush” out the substance(s) from your system.

However, an over consumption of water to flush out the toxins in your body can cause a “Diluted” result on your test that will show up. Along with other ways individuals might try to skew urine test results, some may administer monitored urine tests and randomized tests to obtain the most effective results.

Hair Follicle Test

A hair follicle test or more commonly known as a “Hair drug test” also has some pros and cons. One of the primary advantages of a hair test is that substance(s) can be detected on a larger time scale going back as far as 90 days. This is because the chemical in the drugs gets into the blood stream becoming part of the hair cells as your hair grows. Another advantage of a hair test is that it illuminates essentially all possibilities to cheat. Hair tests are slightly more costly than urine tests, however the results can’t be altered or can’t be “flushed” out of your system. Many people prefer a hair test because the accuracy compared to a urine test is substantially higher.

Although, hair tests have many pros there are a few disadvantages. Hair tests can take up to 7-10 business days to get the results back. Also, in order to do a hair test you must have at least 1.5-inch of hair to be cut off in person and sent to the lab. Due to the rate of hair growth, drugs won’t be able to be detected until 5-7 days after use. The hair follicle is taken from the root of the scalp and a 1.5-inch follicle can date back up to 3 months. Over all a hair test can offer a cheat-proof alternative to a urine test to get the most effective results.

Which test is better for you?

Always keep in mind that all non-negative tests that are sent to the lab go under further review and confirmation tests are done before given a confirmed result. The end result is given by the MRO (Medical Review Officer) who evaluates drug test results and confirms what the final result is. If you are looking for a faster result and want to detect drugs in a short time period, a urine test might be better for you. However, always keep in mind of all the possibilities someone can alter the results in a urine test. If you are looking for more accurate results that can detect drugs dating back months at a time and are able to provide a hair sample of 1.5-inch, a hair follicle test is better for you.

If you need a urine test or hair follicle test for any reason occupation, personal, medical or legal, we can provide that for you nationwide! If you want more information or would like to schedule a Urine test click here or if you would like more information or would like to schedule on a Hair Drug Test click here.

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Fall Newsletter

A Message From Our President

With the fall leaves changing and colder weather arriving, Accredited Drug Testing and our affiliated companies, Health Screenings USA, American Drug Testing and our newest acquisition Coastal Drug Testing, are appreciative for the tremendous growth we have experienced due to the hard work and dedication of our staff, but most importantly our clients and customers who have chosen us to serve their drug and alcohol testing needs.
As 2018 comes to a close, we are excited about our continued expansion and additional services coming in the new year including, clinical testing, live classroom training, webinars and continuing to meet the needs of small, medium and large employers Nationwide.
In addition, Accredited Drug Testing is pleased to support the National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA), a new and very much needed Association representing the Nation’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry. I am honored to have been appointed Chairman of the Association’s Governmental Affairs Committee and serve as an industry advisor to the Board of Directors. I encourage all industry partners to join this new and exciting Association.
There is a lot happening in the Nation’s drug testing industry including the opioid epidemic, new DOT testing rates, employer rights, marijuana related legislation and other issues that can affect business owners and testing providers throughout the Nation. Accredited Drug Testing, as always will keep our clients apprised of these important issues.


Happy Fall,




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Important DOT Notice!

The new DOT drug testing Custody and Control Form (CCF) is required to be used as of June 30, 2017.  It is important to note that utilizing the “old” CCF form will cause a significant delay in the issuance of your drug testing results.  Click here for the official DOT notice regarding this rule change which took effect on January 1, 2018.

What are the differences between the “new” revised CCF or the “old” CCF?

Since 2010, the old CCF has been in effect and is the current CCF used for all DOT regulated drug testing.

Below you will find some helpful changes/updates to the revised (new) CCF required as of June 30, 2018.

  • Step 1D-Removal of the DOT Check Box and hash line before the test “Specify DOT Agency”
  • Step 5A-  the new form now includes the 4 new analytes: (see picture below)
    • Oxycodone (OXY)
    • Oxymorphone (OXYM)
    • Hydrocodone (HYC) and
    • Hydromorphone (HYM)
  • The new rule has also removed the methylenedioxyethylamphetamine (MDEA) analyte.

Click here for the full version of the “New” Federal CCF

         If you need more information on the new CCF effective June 30, 2018 or to enroll in a random drug and alcohol testing program call us today 800-221-4291

Legal Vs. Non Legal DNA

Before understanding what makes a paternity test a legal version, we must discover what DNA Paternity Testing is. DNA testing for paternity helps determines the biological father of a child and is 99.9% accurate.

Each and every person inherits our DNA from our biological parents. 50% of our DNA comes from our Mother and 50% from our Father. Paternity DNA tests compares a child’s DNA pattern with that of the assumed father to determine if there is a match. It is important to remember that when you a requesting any DNA test to be performed, you research and utilize an experienced, accredited laboratory, which will provide the most definitive proof of a biological relationship.

When Should I Use A Legal DNA?

We recommend that individuals choose a legal DNA test when results are needed specifically for a court or legal related issues.

Common reason for a legal DNA Test can include:

  • Paternity Disputes,
  • Modifications to a Birth Certificate
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Adoption
  • Wills/Insurance
  • Immigration

Legal DNA testing requires specific chain of custody procedures to ensure that the results may be utilized in a legal proceeding.

Some examples include:

  • Legal Name
  • Date Of Birth
  • SS number (last 4)
  • Government Issued Photo ID**
  • Signed Chain of Custody Form (donors and collector)
  • Collector Statement
  • Collection Facility Information
  • Collection Process

Certified collectors complete all paperwork and ID Procedures at time of collection. All patients must be positively identified, and a Client Identification and Consent Form must be completed for each patient.

** For individuals under 18 years of age, a photograph (taken at close distance) is required. This may be taken either at the time of collection or provided by the individual or guardian as a recent photo suitable for identification. We also recommend that the birth certificate and/or social security card is provided as additional supporting information.

**Special Note: Collectors should take a Thumbprint (Child Support Collections Only)

Once your specimen has been properly collected following all chain of custody procedures, your DNA samples will be sent securely in tamper-proof packaging to our accredited laboratory in Fairfield, Ohio where the DNA testing begins.

The laboratory technicians will carefully handle and prepare your DNA samples for processing. Each and every paternity test utilizing a cheek swab is processed two separate times in the lab and the results are meticulously checked by our scientists.

What is a NON-Legal DNA Test

This method is best suited if you need accredited paternity answers fast, but do not require the results for legal reasons such as child support or custody. We offer out clients the option to order an at-home DNA paternity test kit from Accredited Drug Testing.

Our customer service team will ship the complete kit to you with collection instructions, then you may collect your DNA in the comfort of your own home with a simple cheek swab, and mail it directly to our CLIA-certified laboratory for processing.

Special Note: Home DNA testing is not regulated like Legal testing. Many online companies appear legitimate but farm out their tests to unregulated labs or ship your DNA samples out of the U.S. for cheaper processing. Be careful because cheap testing often means cheap testing methods—don’t take a chance on your life-changing paternity test.


Step 1: Call Accredited Drug Testing to Get Started, or Order Online.

We will explain the entire process, and make sure you get the RIGHT test for your personal situation.  Accredited Drug Testing will ship the DNA collection kit right to your door.

Step 2: Collect your DNA

It’s easy to collect a DNA sample with a simple cheek swab. Use the prepaid envelope included in your kit to submit your DNA or send it via first-class USPS or courier service.

Step 3: Receive Results Online

All specimens are processed two times to ensure accurate results. No other DNA testing laboratory takes this extra step for every paternity test. Once your results are released, Accredited Drug Testing will securely email your results electronically.

Fast, Convenient and Accurate answers in 3 easy steps.
Call us today at 800-221-4291.

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10 Reasons To Implement A Drug Free Workplace!

Drug Free Workplace

10 Reasons to Implement a Drug-Free Workplace Policy

Many employers, clients and individuals often ask us “what are the benefits of a drug free workplace?”

Often times employers are hesitant on implementing a Drug Free Workplace Program because they believe that if an employee tests positive the employee, must be terminated.  This may not be the case, consequences for a positive test result must reflect the companies Drug Free Workplace Policy.  One option is termination; however, employers may offer a second chance provision rather than termination if it is specified in their Drug Free Workplace Policy.

Why should I implement a Drug Free Workplace Program?

Employers often as what are the benefits of a drug free workplace program.  Below are the top 10 reasons or steps to implement a drug free workplace policy.

1. Create a written drug free workplace policy

Create and implement a written drug free workplace policy.  To create a drug-free policy at work, a business has several options. All policies should be in writing, effectively communicated and documented that is was delivered to all employees.

2.  Reduce Workplace Injuries

Implementing a drug free workplace will assist you in creating and maintaining clear rules and consequences of using drugs or alcohol during work.  This would help create a safe environment which would help reduce drug or alcohol related accidents and/or liability issues.

3.  Increase Productivity

Typical side effects of drug or alcohol use include absenteeism, tardiness or lack of productivity.  Furthermore, employees who use drugs are more likely to job hop three or more times in a year than non-users. Help prevent these behaviors by instituting a drug-free workplace policy, setting the company standard and holding workers accountable.

4.  Promote A Safe & Healthy Work Environment

By implementing a drug-free workplace program, employers will demonstrate a commitment to having a safe, healthy work environment.

5.  Lower Workers’ Compensation Claims

Studies have shown that drug users cost employers twice as much in workers’ compensation claims and medical expenses as non-users. By reducing drug use among employees, you can help lower workers’ compensation claims and save money.

6.  Lower Workers’ Compensation Premiums

Many states have instituted Laws that provide a discount on workman’s’ compensation premiums to encourage businesses to implement drug-free workplace programs.  States with such laws include Florida, Georgia, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.  Employers in these States have the ability to receive anywhere from 5% and in some cases as much as 10% credit if they qualify as a State Drug-Free Workplace Program under the statute.

7.  Employee Education

A proper drug-free workplace program should contain an educational component that notifies employees on the health and safety risks drug use imposes.  This education should be ongoing and documented.

8.  Demonstrate To Your Employees Your Vested In Them

A drug-free workplace program demonstrates to employees that you have a vested interest in their health and safety. By providing helpful resources, such as education, training, confidential hotline numbers or names of treatment centers, you demonstrate your commitment to seeing your employees get help and improve their quality of life.

9.  Overall Cost Savings Improve The Bottom Line

Benefits from implementing a drug-free workplace program include lower absenteeism, increased productivity, reduced workers’ compensation filings, and fewer accidents. Additional savings include improved employee morale, creativity and emotional stability.

10.  Potential for Federal Government Contracts

If your business wants to be eligible to qualify for a Government contract, you must have a drug-free policy in place. Under the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998, companies seeking contracts with the government must maintain a drug-free workplace. Additionally, the Department of Transportation requires anyone working in a “Safety Sensitive” position be actively enrolled in a random testing program and in many cases have a drug-free workplace policy

For more information on the benefits of implementing a Drug Free Workplace, call us today! (800)-221-4291 or click here to submit your request.

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FMCSA New Entrant Audit

As one of the Nation’s leading service providers for DOT, NON-DOT Drug Testing, Background Checks and full service TPA Services, Accredited Drug Testing, Inc. receives numerous inquiries from single operators, employers and DER’s Nationwide in regard to their New Entrant Safety Audit for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  This audit typically occurs within 12 months of beginning safety sensitive operations.

We have provided a brief summary of the checklist as it pertains to the drug and alcohol program and driver qualification files.

What is required for the New Entrant Safety Audit?

Part 40 & 382 – Drug and Alcohol Program

Do you or your company have?

  • A DOT  Drug and Alcohol written policy and copies of driver’s acknowledgement of receipt (49 CFR382.601)
  • Proof of enrollment in 3rd party consortium and consortium roster showing all CDL drivers are enrolled in the random selection pool. (49 CFR 382.305 and 382.403)
  • Annual MIS Summary for previous calendar year indicating the total drivers in the selection pool, the number tested for controlled substance and the number selected for alcohol tests.
  • Negative Pre-employment drug test for each CDL driver also to include the Federal Custody and Control Form AND Negative test result signed by MRO (49 CFR 382.301)
  • ALL Positive or driver refusals for controlled substance and/or alcohol tests.
  • If the employer/carrier is using a driver who has tested positive for controlled substance or alcohol, provide evidence of the return to duty process and associated paperwork. (49 CFR 40 subpart O)
  • Proof of successful completion of supervisor reasonable suspicion training (49 CFR 382.603)
  • Documentation of ALL Post-accident controlled substance and alcohol test, if applicable (49 CFR 382.303)
  • Proof the employer has asked driver if they have ever tested positive, or refused to test, on any pre-employment-controlled substance or alcohol test, which they did not obtain safety sensitive transportation work covered by DOT testing rules. (CFR 49 40.25 j)

Part 391 – Do Your Driver Qualification Files contain the following?

  • Driver’s application for employment must meet requirements of 49 CFR 391.21
  • Inquiry to all previous employers within the past 3yrs – background check of safety sensitive functions. (49 CFR 391. 23a 2 & c)
  • Inquiry to state motor vehicle records (MVR) covering 3yrs dated within 30 days of hire (49 CFR 391.23a 1 & b)
  • Annual driver certificate of violation, if the driver has been with the carrier over 365 days (49 CFR 391.27)
  • Annual MVR, if the driver has been with carrier over 365 days (49 CFR 391.25)
  • Carrier’s annual review of MVR, if the driver has been with the carrier over 365 days (49 CFR 391.25)

Click here for the FMCSA New Entrant Safety Audit Resource Guide

Click here to download the FMCSA New Entrant Safety Program Brochure

For more information on implementing a DOT Drug Policy, MVR Reports or to enroll in a DOT random drug and alcohol testing pool, click the button below or call us at 800-221-4291

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How To Avoid Negative Dilute Drug Test

What happens if my drug test result is a negative dilute?

When your drug test result comes back as negative dilute, your employer may ask you to go in for another drug in accordance with their Drug Free Workplace Policy.   This will certainly be inconvenient for you.

How do I avoid a Negative Dilute Drug Test Result?

Essentially, when your urine specimen result for a drug test comes back as dilute, you have consumed too much water in advance of the test.  Individuals should be cautious not to over consume fluids prior to a drug test.  In general, an extra glass of water is about all you need.  Drinking too much fluids will more than likely end up with a dilute specimen result.

A positive dilute drug test result is always classified as a positive result.   However, when an individual has a negative dilute drug test result, many employers will require you to go back for another drug test typically within 24 hours of receiving the negative dilute result.

How is Dilution Caused?

Dilution is caused by adding fluid to the sample also known as adulteration or by drinking large amounts of fluids which may dilute the specimen.  Adding fluids to your specimen to influence the results of the test and generally is an indicator that an individual is trying to cheat the drug test.

What makes a specimen dilute?

A dilute specimen is defined as a urine specimen that has a creatine level of greater than 5 mg/dl or less than 20 g/dl and a specific gravity is less than 1.0010 (or greater than 1.0200).

These 2 integrity variable tests are routinely performed on every urine sample that is analyzed at one of our SAMHSA Certified Labs. If a specimen meets the above 2 criteria, the lab will report the result as a “Dilute specimen”. When a urine sample is reported as “Dilute” it is possible that drugs in their system may not be detected.

Don’t be alarmed if your employer informs you that your drug test result is a negative dilute result.  A negative dilute result should never be a reason for you to be terminated or not get the job.  If this does happen, call an attorney.  Individuals should never be fired because they consume a lot of water, but you do need to be able to produce normal human urine with the appropriate creatinine and specific gravity levels.  Failure to provide a valid sample many times may cause suspicion.

If you attempt to adulterate your specimen by adding fluids to your urine specimen, this should never be done and could be grounds for termination of employment or perhaps not getting the job.

In most cases, it is best if you go for the drug test first thing in the morning.  Drinking some coffee and a glass of water should suffice and try and remember to not overconsume water or other fluids.

How Can I Avoid A Dilute Specimen Result?

Follow these simple guidelines as a participant providing a urine sample to avoid a dilute urine specimen result.

  • Avoid all diuretics—including caffeine—the day of the drug test until AFTER the collection is done.
  • Go to the collection site while the first morning urine is still in your bladder to use this as the specimen.
  • If this is NOT possible than you should empty your bladder approximately 2 hours prior to your planned arrival at the collection site.
  • During that time, you should NOT consume more than 24 oz. of fluid and the fluid you do consume should be a substantial fluid—milk, smoothie, tomato juice—and/or you eat a protein high meal or snack—egg, cheese, meat.

By following these guidelines, you will help to avoid dilute and abnormal urines and ensure that the result of your test provides a valid indicator that you are drug free.

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Effects of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

What to expect when expecting-the effects of alcohol and drug abuse?

Using drugs or drinking alcohol any time in life but especially while pregnant can create several health issues for both the mother and unborn child.

Some examples are an increased risk of stillbirth and miscarriage which are just two of the harsher examples of the potential complications faced by pregnant women that may be already struggling with substance abuse.

Regardless of the negative consequences and all the research to substantiate theses harsh facts, many continue to use these harmful substances regardless. Here are some astonishing numbers to illustrate the ongoing issue:

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) from 2012-2013, approximately 10% of pregnant women in the U.S. reported drinking alcohol and, though much of it is done to manage other health conditions, it’s increasingly more common for women to continue using medications while carrying a child.

What are Side Effects of Taking Drugs While Pregnant


No matter how small the amount of alcohol consumed during pregnancy can cause a negative impact on the mother and unborn child.  According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism any amount of drinking is considered at risk alcohol use throughout pregnancy.

The consumption of alcohol may:

  • Increase your risk of miscarriage and
  • may result in several development issues in your child like fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) or
  • Alcohol related birth defects

It is important that society understands that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, however, many pregnant women continue to consume at least some amount alcohol with the belief that a small number of drinks will be safe. This is not the case, in fact, half a million children are exposed to alcohol in utero each year.1


Cigarettes contain harmful chemicals that can damage the health of the smoker and damage the brain of a developing fetus.  The chemicals can limit the amount of oxygen being received by the fetus and the impact of nicotine on a developing baby is greater than the impact on the mother. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nicotine concentration is up to 15% higher in the baby’s blood than the mother’s.5

Exposing your unborn child to the tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke can also result in many health issues after birth, including:

  • respiratory issues,
  • cerebral palsy,
  • problems with eyesight and
  • possible issues with hearing.


The use of cocaine at any time is harmful but imagine the impact you are having on your unborn child.  Women that use or abuse cocaine oftentimes have poor nutrition and inadequate prenatal care. Oftentimes, cocaine users tend to use the drug in combination with other substances such as alcohol, which makes it more difficult to determine precisely which substance is responsible for the harmful effects on the fetus.5


Using heroin while pregnant, will increase the chance of bleeding, especially during your third trimester, as well as preeclampsia (severe high blood pressure).1 This will also place your unborn child at risk for premature birth, dangerously low birth weight, and possibly death. Illicit drug use of any kind, specially heroin will also significantly increase your baby’s risk of developing neonatal abstinence syndrome shortly after birth as well as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), commonly referred to as crib death.


Marijuana can be harmful and should be avoided when trying to conceive, during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding.1,5 Although there is limited data on how marijuana can affect a developing fetus, several studies indicate that using marijuana may be associated with impaired fetal development, rare forms of cancer, premature birth, and low body weight at birth.

MDMA (Ecstasy)

Research has shown that  fetal MDMA exposure during the first trimester may lead to long-term memory problems and impaired learning along with movement and coordination problems in the child.5 There have also been cases where babies exposed to MDMA while in utero developed cardiovascular anomalies and musculoskeletal problems.

Methamphetamines (Meth)

If a fetus is exposed to meth, this can results in long term health issues which may include, increased depression, anxiety, and social isolation have been reported in children exposed to meth in the womb.5 Some studies also suggest that meth use during pregnancy may be associated with congenital abnormalities, such as gastroschisis—a structural defect that can result in a baby being born with their intestines outside of the abdominal wall.


Expectant mothers should be cautious when taking these medication during pregnancy, even if these medications were prescribed by your physician. Opioids are commonly  refereed to as painkillers can be harmful to your developing fetus. A fetus exposed to Opioid painkillers may be linked to excessive fluid in your baby’s brain, abdominal wall defects, glaucoma, and congenital heart defects.

Since many painkillers are chemically similar to heroin, the mother and child can experience many of the same risks. Children may be born with NAS, experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms after birth

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  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Medications and Pregnancy: Treating for Two.
  4. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2013). Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs, and Pregnancy.
  5. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Substance Use in Women.
  6. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2012). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide.
  7. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). DrugFacts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction.
  8. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment.

Which Drug Test Is Right For Me?

As one of the Nation’s leading providers of drug testing, for employers and individuals, Accredited Drug Testing is asked on a daily basis, what type of drug test should I order?  Drug testing for many employers or individual may vary and can include a 5 panel, 5 panel plus expanded opiates, 10 panel, 12 panel, 14 panel and customized tests.  Non DOT regulated employers, have the option of which type of test to use and what method such as urine or hair.

What is the New Federal 5 Panel Drug Test?

As you may be aware, the Department of Transportation(DOT) amended its rule on January 1, 2018 to now include expanded opioids to be tested under 5 panel DOT drug test.  The new DOT Panel consists of:

  • Marijuana metabolites
  • Cocaine metabolites
  • Phencyclidine
  • Opioids** – (codeine, heroin, morphine)
  • Amphetamines -amphetamine, methamphetamine, MDMA & MDA

** The new DOT Drug Panel also now includes hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone. Common names for these drugs include OxyContin®, Percodan®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, Lortab®, Norco®, Dilaudid®, and Exalgo®.

What Drugs Are Tested In A 5 Panel?

Prior to this change, the most common drug panel offered was a 5 panel which screened for the following drugs:

  • Amphetamines
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Opiates (Codeine, Morphine, Heroin)
  • PCP

With the current state of the opioid epidemic here in the United States many employers are amending their drug testing policies to mirror the current DOT drug panel.

These prescription drugs are very common, dangerous and can lead to many safety concerns for your workplace. Have you updated your policy to include these new relevant drugs of abuse?

If opioids have not impacted your workplace as of yet,it’s only a matter of time. Whether you have any employees who must adhere to the DOT’s updated regulations or you are not regulated by DOT, this drug panel update is a sign that it’s time for all employers to update their policies and testing panels to include the most relevant drugs impacting the U.S. today.

What is in a 10 Panel Drug Test?

Opioid Epidemic

A 10-panel drug test is the second most common configuration of a general type of drug testing panel.  Panel drug tests are designed to screen for numerous types of drugs from only one sample, which makes them very efficient, cost effective and ensures that employers don’t have to lose too much time from workers repeatedly giving multiple samples, and the employees themselves do not experience as much of an imposition on their time.

The industry standard 10 panel drug test, includes:

  • AMP-Amphetamines (including MAMP-Methamphetamine, MDMA-Ecstasy);
  • COC-Cocaine:
  • OPI-Opiates (including codeine, morphine and heroin);
  • PCP-Phencyclidine;
  • THC-Marijuana;
  • BZO-Benzodiazepines
  • BAR-Barbiturates;
  • MTD-Methadone;
  • PPX-Propoxyphene; and
  • Meth – Methaqualone.

Accredited Drug Testing offers a 10-panel drug test along with customized panels depending on the professional requirements a company may have.

We offer drug free workplace policy development, amendments to your current policy, customized drug test panels, occupational health testing, Full TPA services and background checks.Schedule Drug Tests OnlineFor more information on your drug free workplace program please call us today at (800)-221-4291

Drug Test Do’s and Dont’s

New FRA Regulations Expand Drug and Alcohol Testing

What should I expect during a drug test collection?

When you walk into a collection facility, also known as a collection site, our trained and certified collectors follow strict protocol procedures to ensure that donors receive a consistent, high-quality experience.  Collectors are trained to follow a standardized process at every location to help control the integrity of the specimens and drug test results.  Oftentimes these rigorous protocols may take donors by surprise.

As a result, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published 10 helpful steps for collection site security and integrity. It is important that all parties involved have a basic understanding of what to expect during a drug test collection and  what is considered reasonable expectations of what will take place to complete a successful drug test collection.

Listed below are DOT’s top 10 Collection Site Security & Integrity steps of what individuals and employers should expect during a typical collection process.

It is important for employers/individuals to have a basic understanding/walk through of the proper collection steps throughout the specimen collection process to ensure successful completion of the specimen collection and drug testing process.

  1. Pay careful attention to employees throughout the collection process.
  2. Ensure that there is no unauthorized access into the collection areas and  that undetected access (e.g., through a door not in view) is not possible.
  3. Make sure that employees show proper picture ID.
  4. Make sure employees empty pockets; remove outer garments (e.g., coveralls, jacket, coat, and hat); leave briefcases, purses, and bags behind; and wash their hands.
  5. Maintain personal control of the specimen and Custody and Control form (CCF) at all times during the collection.
  6. Secure any water sources or otherwise make them unavailable to employees (e.g., turn off water inlet, tape handles to prevent opening faucets, secure tank lids).
  7. Ensure that the water in the toilet and tank (if applicable) has bluing (coloring) agent in it. Tape or otherwise secure shut any movable toilet tank top or put bluing in the tank.
  8. Ensure that no soap, disinfectants, cleaning agents, or other possible adulterants are present.
  9. Inspect the site to ensure that no foreign or unauthorized substances are present.
  10. Secure areas and items (e.g., ledges, trash receptacles, paper towel holders, under-sink areas, ceiling tiles) that appear suitable for concealing contaminants.

These 10 steps apply to all urine drug test collections handled by a collection site and are readily available for reference by both employees(donors), employers and collectors.

Listed Below are some common Drug Test Collections Do’s & Don’ts


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