25. February 2012 · Comments Off on Drug Testing Industry Question #4 · Categories: Drug Industry Questions

Where do you get urine that will test positive for drug toxins that are used in the quality control testing?

I got a few responses when I mentioned in earlier question that we have samples or urine, hair, saliva that will test positive for drug toxins. People were curious to know where we got those samples at.

There is a handful of companies around the US that sell  urine, hair and saliva that contain drug toxins for drug testing companies to use for testing. These companies charge some large fees for those samples. Most companies just put up an online ad looking for drug users to come submit their samples. When they arrive we test their urine to see what they will test positive for. If the results are positive we’ll collect hair, saliva, and urine samples from the individual and pay them for their time.

Are drug test really accurate?

Our on-site (rapid read, quick scan, dip card, test strips, test kits. Whatever you want to call it) drug screens are prone to false positives for substances like ibuprofen, poppy seeds, over the counter medications, and much more.

If your sample passes the drug screen, you’re given a pass status. Though if you sample fails the screen your urine will be tested with the GC/MS.  Gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy (GC/MS) is performed on all urine samples that tested positive for drug usage. A GC/MS is a very accurate piece of equipment; it measures molecular size, charge, and the weight of the atoms in the drug metabolites. Because the GC/MS is very accurate, it call tell the difference between ibuprofen, poppy seeds, over the counter medications that could have caused false positives.

Word of advice, don’t fail the drug screen, because the GC/MS will discover the truth.

 

03. February 2012 · 2 comments · Categories: News

There is controversial law requiring welfare applicants be drug tested in order to receive benefits. The law was halted by federal judge that said  the law could violate the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment ban on illegal search and seizure.

On the Daily Show with John Stewart, they sent Aasif Mandvi to Florida to find out why Luis Lebron, a Navy veteran and public assistance recipient, won’t submit to welfare drug testing and why the politicians in Florida will not submit a drug test themselves.