What You Should Know about Urine Drug Testing
Urine Drug Testing Is Quick, Painless and Legal
By Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics
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, even though 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 that are either ineffective or just plain out of federal compliance.
That’s no 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 drug testing is applicable include:
- 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.
- 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 here to learn more about Court Ordered 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 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 staff, who monitor the test until results appear. There’s no need to test the urine yourself, you need no grand expertise to use it, and 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, employer 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, they’re dead simple to use, and they’re proven safe to all patients. If your test has gotten a CLIA waiver from the FDA, you can rest easy knowing that it will be accurate and that you’ll have covered your rear for legal purposes.
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 that tends toward specific types of drug use, you might 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, injured party or other person has those drugs in their system.
At the end of the day, urine drug testing is simple to use, available in a wide variety of levels and applicable to a range of situations. As long as you have the right tests – those that work and that are in compliance with federal guidelines – you’re in a much better position to keep your workplace, sports team, home environment or society as a whole safer and better.
Posted by 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 and is a 12 year veteran of the drug testing industry. As a parent and co-worker, Bill’s energy is focused on drug testing on 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.
This information is meant for awareness and education purposes only. Any medical or life saving advice should come from experts. Always consult with your physician about any and all drugs. If it is an emergency, dial 911 or call emergency services.