A Message From Our President
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)
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.
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.
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.
In This Month’s Issue
U.S Supreme Court Still Debating On Colorado Marijuana Case
Earlier this month the Supreme Court decided to continue to debating on the lawsuit brought against Colorado concerning the legalization of marijuana. The case brought to the Supreme Court by neighboring states Nebraska and Oklahoma, is on how Colorado’s legislation impermissibly conflicts with federal law and creates burdens for them by increasing the amount of pot coming across their borders.
The case has been pending for more than a year, and the courts will continue to host private meetings on the matter.
New Training Requirements for Bus and Truck Drivers Proposed. The Obama Administration has proposed new standards this month for commercial truck and bus drivers. The proposal sets new rules for obtaining a Class A and B CDL.
To obtain a Class A CDL, which is required to drive a tractor-trailer type vehicle that weighs 26,001 pounds or more, a driver would have to complete 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training with and instructional program that meets FMCSA standards. Of the 30 hours, 10 must be on a practice driving range.
For a Class B CDL, which is required to operate a heavy straight trucks like a dump truck or box truck, and a school bus, city transit bus or motor coach, drivers would have to log a minimum of 15 hours of behind-the-wheel training. Of the 15 hours, seven hours would have to be on a practice driving range.
The new rules would apply to first-time CDL applications, current CDL holders that want to upgrade their license and previously disqualified drivers now looking to re-acquire a CDL license.
Lawmaker calls for drug testing Legislative members after welfare drug testing bill passed
A McDowell County lawmaker is calling for the implementation of a random drug testing program for members of the West Virginia Legislature. Read More
DATIA 2016 Annual Conference and Exposition
In April 2016, a three-day event will be held that is expected to be the single largest gathering of professionals involved in drug and alcohol testing ever assembled. Read More
President/CEO Nominated For Board of Directors
Please join us and congratulating our President/CEO Mr. James Greer on being nominated to the Board of Directors of the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA). DATIA was founded in 1995 and has grown to represent over 1500 member companies, and expanded its scope. DATIA now represents the entire spectrum of drug and alcohol service providers including collection sites, laboratories, consortiums/TPAs, MROs, and testing equipment manufacturers.
Did You Know?
Making Your Workplace a Certified Drug Free Work Place Is Easier Than You Think. Workers that abuse drugs and alcohol on or off the job endanger not only themselves, but those around them. Make sure your employees know what your company’s drug and alcohol policy is. Accredited Drug Testing Inc. can help make your work place a drug free workplace. Read More
Our Team Is Growing! Please join us in welcoming Andrew, Adrian, and Adam to our team!
Andrew, our new Marketing/Industry Relations Assistant, comes to us from Washington D.C. He graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in legal studies. Andrew has spent the past few years working on the Hill for various Congressman and public affairs firms.
Adrian, our new Customer Service Specialist, hails from Miami, Florida. Adrian is an Air Force Veteran. Adrian will assist in responding to inquiries on drug and alcohol screenings.
Adam, our new Customer Service Specialist, is originally from Queens, New York. Adam will assist in scheduling drug and alcohol screenings, and with implementing Drug Free Workplace policies.
Accredited Drug Testing Inc. Monthly Newsletter: March 2016
Marketing/Industry Relations Assistant