Health

Oral Fluid Drug Testing

In the continuous strive of medicinal studies for accurate and foolproof results; a number of advancement has been made with the technology people use in drug testing.  From taking a sample of the piss in a cup to a more accurate blood taking and now more and more companies and laboratories are participating in the practice of oral drug testing.

How is an Oral Drug Test Done?

Oral drug tests are less invasive ways of screening for drug use. This type of drug test is administered by taking a sample of your saliva from your mouth. This testing makes use of a swab which is usually made with plastic and looks like a tiny brush. The swab will be swiped inside of your mouth usually against your cheeks or gums; the process of saliva collection lasts for a few seconds. The collected sample is then placed in a small container and it will be sealed until it reaches the laboratory for analysis.

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Testers will then screen the collected samples if they contain traces of drugs. Oral drug tests can detect the use of drugs from the moment of intake up to 72 hours after the drug has been used.

When and Where is Oral Drug Test Done?

Oral drug tests can be done practically anytime and basically anywhere. There is no need to schedule special facilities to conduct the tests. Taking samples of saliva wouldn’t require a private place or even a comfort room, unlike urine drug tests. The non-invasive process of collecting saliva samples are more convenient than urine and blood testing so more and more employers opt to conduct their drug screenings with this method.

Adulteration Possibility

Many testers and laboratory personnel believed that urine testing is incredibly easy to cheat, tampered with, and falsified. The simplest way is done when collecting the urine sample itself. The urine sample can be switched or be compromised within the doors of the comfort room where the subject will provide a sample of the urine. No one observes and knows exactly what happened inside the room. Unlike in oral drug testing, there can be a number of observers while the saliva sample is being taken from the subject. It wouldn’t cause any security or privacy issue.

Acknowledging its edge and advantages over the conventional drug testing methods, the medical community views oral drug tests, not a replacement for conventional methods but another technique used side by side with them.