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Urine Drug Testing and What You Should Know About It

By Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics

Urine drug testing is quick, painless and legal. However, urine drug testing has a mixed reputation in our society. Those who want to get or keep jobs tend to view it as the enemy. In fact, tests are shown to increase workplace safety and reduce accidents substantially. On the other hand, employers tend to view it positively but can become frustrated by the wide availability of tests. To further complicate the employer position, many tests are either ineffective or out of federal compliance.

That’s not good. It’s time to educate yourself about urine drug testing today. So, buckle that seatbelt and get ready to learn what you should know.

Urine Drug Testing Is Used in a Huge Variety of Industries

Much of the public conversation surrounding urine drug testing takes place in the context of pre-employment drug testing, a specific hurdle one has to pass in order to get hired. Most people in the staffing industry are well familiar with this process. In some cases, random drug testing or “spot” testing increases the number of employment situations in which you might use a drug test, to ensure that existing employees are following company drug policy. Post-accident drug testing is another potential situation in which you might need a test.

However, these aren’t the only scenarios. Not by a long shot.

Other Industries or Situations in which Urine Drug Testing is Applicable

Medical Industry:

Since substance abuse in healthcare is an unfortunately common problem, many providers in the medical industry use drug tests to determine whether their employees are behaving appropriately. In some cases, they may also administer drug tests to patients before refilling prescriptions to ensure there’s no abuse happening. Click here to learn more about Drug Testing in the Medical Industry.

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Judicial and Corrections Industries:

For obvious reasons, parolees need frequent testing during their probationary period. Staying clean and sober is the best way to reintegrate into society, and our tests help ensure that’s happening. Click on each to learn more about Court Ordered Drug Testing and Correctional Facility Drug Testing.

Sporting Requirements:

Many sports teams at the high school and college level have drug testing requirements. If athletes want to play, they have to stay clean and prove it. This is the best way to reward good behavior and send a powerful message to other students.

Scholarship Requirements:

In many cases, drug testing and scholarships are tied together. Students must remain clean to keep the scholarship, although they often aren’t tested unless something goes amiss with their performance.

At-Home Testing:

In some cases, parents who are overseeing the recovery of a child at home may administer drug tests. This helps ensure that the child is recovering well from addiction and makes it more likely that the child will progress normally in the future.

While this list is not exhaustive, these are the most common situations in which you might want to put a drug test to work for you. Click here to learn more about Drug Testing in Different Industries.

Urine Drug Testing Is Quick, Painless and Legal

Most people know that urine testing is easy and painless. The person being tested simply urinates into a cup and passes it on to a staff member. Meanwhile, this appointed individual monitors the test until the results appear. There’s no need to test the urine yourself. Neither do you need any expertise to use it? Furthermore, your drug testee doesn’t experience any pain or discomfort associated with the process. It’s truly the best way to discover any potential drug problems that your candidate, employee, or parolee might have.

There’s another major benefit of 5-panel and 10-panel urine drug tests, though, and it’s one of which many people aren’t aware: You need your test to be legal. I can’t tell you how many people think there exists blanket approval simply to collect and test urine at their facilities, and that’s frankly not true. You could get yourself in a world of hurt if you don’t use the right urine tests.

How does it work?

You have to understand the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) rules about drug testing, which clearly state where and how you can administer a drug test. If you want to use your own facilities (or a nearby testing center) rather than sending away to a lab for results, then you have to use CLIA-waived tests, which meet all the requirements for home testing.

Luckily, these tests have some major benefits in and of themselves. They rarely register false positives or negatives. In fact, they’re easy to administer. Also, they are safe for all patients. If your test has gotten a CLIA waiver from the FDA, rest easy knowing it is accurate and you are covered for legal purposes.

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Urine Drug Tests Can Test for Different Substances

Many people also don’t know that urine tests come in different levels. You may imagine that a urine drug test automatically tests for every drug (and charges accordingly), but that’s not the case. You have the choice to get the most comprehensive tests or to keep your tests affordable if that’s where your need lies. For instance, many of our customers stick with the more basic 5-panel drug tests, or if you want a higher level of coverage, you should seek out 10-panel drug tests.

Those aren’t the only levels, however. If you work in an industry with specific types of drug use, choose a 6-panel or 7-panel or even a 12-panel drug test. Each covers a specific array of potential intoxicants and pharmaceutical substances, so you can get the most accurate possible reading on whether your candidate, employer, parolee, an injured party or other person has those drugs in their system.

At the end of the day, urine drug testing is simple to use. It is also available in a wide variety of levels and applicable to a range of situations. Use drug tests that work properly and are in compliance with federal guidelines. As long as you have the right tests, you’re in a much better position to keep your workplace, sports team, home environment or society as a whole safer and better.

Want more information? You may find the following articles helpful.

uVera Diagnostics has a variety of FDA 510(k) cleared and CLIA waived test kits.

These are affordable, convenient, simple to administer, 99 percent accurate, and fast in providing results.

Set to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) cut-off levels, our urine drug test kits are used by businesses, organizations and agencies in a wide range of industries from staffing to medical to criminal justice to construction and more. We make it easy for you to search for information and drug tests by type of drug tested too. This includes drug descriptions, street names, what the drugs look like, the dangers and side effects, links to the drug tests for each drug, etc.

Among our most popular testing kits is our CR3 Drug Test Cup. This patented test cup has an innovative design (including a large opening, slanted top, and snap-shut lid) that simplifies the process for drug test administrators. Also widely used because of its convenience and fast results is our All-in-one Urine Drug Test Cup. This one-step urine test uses an integrated test cup and is available in a variety of panel options (5 panel, 6 panel, 7 panel, 10 panel, 12 panel, 13 panel and 14 panel). uVera Diagnostics products also include T-Cup Drug Tests, Dip Panel Drug Tests, Generic Dip Panel Drug Tests and Saliva Drug Tests

About Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics and Co-designer and Developer of the CR3 split-sample drug test cup.

Bill has 27 years in sales management and marketing. In addition, he is a 12-year veteran of the drug testing industry. As a parent and co-worker, Bill’s focuses his energy on drug testing at every level. Addiction is all around us in alcohol, prescriptions, and street drugs, and that is a constant reminder a drug-free society starts with each and every one of us.

For more information on drug testing, call 1-866-242-5930.




This information is meant for awareness and education purposes only. In addition, any medical or life-saving advice should come from experts. Always consult with your physician about any and all drugs. In conclusion, if it is an emergency, dial 911 or call emergency services.

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