How Far Can A Urine Test Detect Drugs?
Urine drug testing is the method most used by employers and law enforcement agencies. Urine is tested for the parent compound of various drugs, as well as their metabolites. Most commonly in a job setting, usually checks for amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, opiates, nicotine and alcohol.
The urine drug test screening is quick, convenient, and quite accurate. Even after the effects of the drug has worn off, urine is still capable of detecting its presence. Drug testing timelines do vary depending on what type of drug it is. The number of metabolites in your urine may increase and decrease which can lead to different results within the drug testing detection window.
To take a urine test, you will simply have to urinate within a specimen cup. The administrator will let you know how much urine is needed. Most drug tests will require at least 45 milliliters of urine. This is to ensure that there’s enough sample for the testing. It also makes sure that the specimen belongs to the right individual.
Urine Testing Detection Times
There are many factors that can play a role in the time length that a test can detect certain drugs in the body.
Some of those factors are:
-The acidity of the urine
-How long ago a person took the drug
-How often the person took the drug
If someone uses a drug frequently or heavily, a urine test will detect the drug for a longer period of time. For example, the detection time for marijuana depends on how often someone may use it:
This table can show the average detection times for other drugs that may be tested in a Urine Test:
If a person is taking any prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines, herbal remedies or supplements, it is best to advise the test provider. That way the MRO (Medical Review Officer) can validate the prescription and results.
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