Drug and Alcohol Screening Test

 

Cup urine drug test kit

Urine Drug Screening

Drug and alcohol screening tests have been available for over 20 years. There use in business screening as part of routine pre-employment tests is well established. Most drug tests where initially urine tests, requiring a fresh sample of urine to be collected at the point of testing. Where a full medical examination is being taken including urine testing for liver and kidney disease, this is still the best and most accurate add on drug test to include.

Saliva Drug Screening

Saliva Drug Screening

With the development of reliable saliva drug tests, many purchasers have moved to saliva drug screening as their preferred drug test. It gives direct chain of custody control of the sample collection, especially where the tests don’t form part of a clinical examination. Saliva drug screening can also be extended to alcohol screening. Saliva alcohol tests correlate directly to blood alcohol levels at the sample time. We advise against urine alcohol tests. Alcohol is excreted into urine over a long period, so its detection in urine is not a useful indicator of the level of consumption. All that it shows is that a legal drug (alcohol) has been consumed by the individual over the past 18-24hrs. An alcohol consumption history, while notoriously under reported is as much value. A saliva alcohol test showing high blood levels at the point of testing is a far more directive test, indicating an alcohol problem.

When making the choice of saliva or urine testing it is important to consider the drug and alcohol screening windows of detection offered by either mode. Urine drug testing will detect drug use far further back in time than saliva drug tests. Most urine drug test windows are 3-5 days after use. Comparative saliva drug test windows are much shorter at 12-36 hrs max, so expect to show less positive results if saliva testing is used. For critical employment roles we tend to advise purchasers to use urine based drug tests for this reason. For in role random drug & alcohol tests in non critical roles, saliva drug screening may be better as it will detect attendance while under the influence, but is less likely to detect social, domestic and pleasure recreational use over week ends and out of work alcohol consumption.

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Drug Testing Kits for Companies UK

UKDrugTesting established in 1998 possibly offers the largest range of drug testing kits and drug and alcohol testing solutions available in the UK. The web based drug testing company provides professional medical grade diagnostic drug screening tests all with professional CE, FDA, TUV and ISO certification. As one of the longest established point of care specialist drug testing companies they understand the importance of only offering the best quality and most accurate drug testing kits. Manufacturers drug testing products have been carefully selected from trusted and quality audited manufacturers. All drug testing kits are directly manufactured to order and imported using approved air freight handlers who understand the temperature and moisture parameters for these biotech products. UKDrugtesting then ensure the drug tests are stored in the correct conditions all of which are important in ensuring that when the drug testing kit reaches its end user, it meets the exacting standards for accuracy batch certified by the manufacturer for accuracy, sensitivity and specificity.

By specialising in immediate result, or point of care drug testing kits, the company has established a specialist knowledge of which drug testing kits offer the best solution for UK companies. Point of care drug testing kits are used as first line drug screening tests. They have accuracy of between 97-99% compared to a laboratory gas chromatography drug test, costing 10x more and are used internationally as first screening tests to exclude all the negative results in a fast and cost effective way. Performing these drug tests is no more complicated than doing a home pregnancy test. There is no complex interpretation, just a simple positive or negative result to a pre-set cut off. Saliva drug tests offer a way round the embarrassment of urine collection and handling and allow direct observation of the sample collection process. UK companies are increasingly opting for saliva drug tests, a drug testing solution which has massively expanded in the US following FDA approval of the route for medical and workplace, plus federal drug screening.

What to look for when choosing a drug testing kit.

  1. Professionally packaged established brand with a track record.
  2. Established master distributor offering full UK based customer support.
  3. A combination of drugs tested which covers the drugs of concern to you (get the right combination test for your demographic) UKdrugtesting can help advise you.
  4. Urine cup test or saliva test. Urine is cheaper and looks back in time further, but saliva is easy to perform. There is no difference in accuracy these days.
  5. Don’t forget about alcohol, add a digital breathalyser to your package or look at our complete testing drug and alcohol packs.

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Drug Testing In The Workplace In The UK

Drug testing in the workplace is now well established in most larger UK companies and has expanded rapidly in UK SME’s. Workplace drug testing benefits companies, reducing risk, and demonstrates an understanding of the health and employment risks of ignoring employees attending the workplace, under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Many large companies understand the benefits of immediate on-site drug & alcohol screening, and undertake this in house with point of care onsite drug testing kits. this also offers enormous cost benefits with instant drug testing kits such as the FirstSign 6 drug saliva drug testing kit costing as little as £6 per test.

In house screening for drugs is simple to do, responsive and 100% adequate to exclude all negative test results. Companies considering workplace drug testing for the first time are sometimes anxious that an in-house solution will not be adequate legally and be messy and difficult to operate. Workplace drug testing kits have been designed to be easy to use and accurate. They are used internationally by some of the worlds largest companies as front line employee drug screening tests, excluding millions of negative screens from expensive and slow laboratory drug testing.

Pre-employment drug testing, random workplace drug testing, targeted on-suspicion workplace drug testing, and any other targeted role specific (high employment risk) employee drug screening, and post incident or accident workplace drug screening, are all suitable for on-site point of care workplace drug testing kits such as the InstAlert DSD-765 oral saliva drug testing kit or UKDrugtesting’s DSW-765 drug testing kits for saliva.

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The saliva drug testing kits above each offer a slightly different combination of 6 drug groups. There is no specified group or combination of drugs which has to be covered by UK law or HSE recommendation, It is left to the Employer to consider the local common risk hazards and the demographic of the workforce and pick a combination which covers these drugs. The six drug combinations all include the common recreational drugs, and are all suitable for employment workplace drug testing.

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Oral Drug Testing Kits for Employers

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Oral drug testing is very attractive to employers, as it offers a quick easy and non invasive route for onsite drug screening of employees. Many employers are opting for oral or saliva drug screening in preference to urine drug screening, as oral drug screening can be just as cheap and reliable as the traditional urine drug tests, but avoids the issues of observed sample collection inherent in the urine drug testing method.

Oral drug testing kits suitable for employers can cost as little as £5 per test and give immediate provisional test results on site, with accuracy levels of between 97 – 99% compared to laboratory tests. This makes saliva oral drug screening a reliable and cost effective front line drug screening option, for even small and medium sized employers, as the oral drug test kits can be purchased in small numbers without restrictive or expensive contracts.

Oral drug testing kits are available with a range of drug detection tests built into the panel. Our recommended combination is the DSW-765 6 drug oral saliva drug screen as it covers the common drugs most employers are interested in screening out. The DSW-765 oral drug test kit is easy to use and gives clear, easy to read results in 5 minutes. Employers can use this as a first line drug screen to exclude all negative tests on employees, in an easy to complete and cost effective drug screening program. All provisional positive results from the drug screen should be confirmed using an accredited laboratory before disciplinary action is taken (as with all onsite drug tests)

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