Urine Drug Testing

Urine Drug Testing

drug test is a scientific analysis of a biological specimen such as urinehairbloodbreathsweat, and/or oral fluid/saliva.  This analysis is utilized to determine the presence or absence of specified parent drugs or their metabolites.

Urine drug testing detects recent drug use and employers rely on laboratory-based urine testing for its cost-effectiveness, capacity to screen for a variety of different illicit drugs and ability to withstand most legal challenges.

Urine testing is suitable for all testing reasons – from pre-employment, random, post-accident and reasonable suspicion and can be performed for a wide range of illicit and prescription drugs.

Urine drug testing is currently the most common method of drug testing and is currently the ONLY specimen type recognized for the Department of Transportation (DOT) or any Federally Mandated Drug Test.

Urine drug testing typically detects drug use within 24-72 hours and all of our urine specimens are analyzed at a lab certified by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The most common urine drug test is currently a 5-panel drug test.  This drug test screens for the following drugs:

    • Amphetamines
    • Cocaine
    • Marijuana
    • Opiates
    • PCP

    With the current opioid crisis that has impacted our Nation, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) amended its testing panel on January 1, 2018 to include the following substances in the DOT 5 panel urine drug test.

    • Marijuana metabolites
    • Cocaine metabolites
    • Phencyclidine
    • Opioids** – codeine, heroin, morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone & hydromorphone
    • Amphetamines -amphetamine, methamphetamine, MDMA & MDA

    **Some common names for the new semi-synthetic opioids include OxyContin®, Percodan®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, Lortab®, Norco®, Dilaudid®, and Exalgo®.

    Listed below are the current DOT Drug Cut Off Levels

    DOT 5 Panel Drug Test Effective 01/01/2018

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Initial Test Analyte

    Initial test cutoff

    Confirmatory analyte

    Confirmatory test cutoff concentration

    1

    Marijuana metabolites (THCA)

    50 ng/mL3

    THCA

    15 ng/mL

    2

    Cocaine metabolite (Benzoylecgonine)

    150 ng/mL3

    Benzoylecgonine

    100 ng/mL

    3

    Phencyclidine (PCP)

    25 ng/mL

    Phencyclidine (PCP)

    25 ng/mL

    4

    Amphetamine

    Amphetamine

    500 ng/m

    Amphetamine

    250 ng/mL

    Methamphetamine

    500 ng/mL

    Methamphetamine

    250 ng/mL

    MDMA/MDA

    500 ng/mL

    MDMA/MDA

    250 ng/mL

    5

    Opioids

    Codeine/Morphine

    2000 ng/mL

    Codeine/Morphine

    2000 ng/mL

    6-Acetylmorphine (6AM or Heroin)

    10 ng/mL

    6-Acetylmorphine (6AM or Heroin)

    10 ng/mL

    Hydrocodone

    300 ng/mL

    Hydrocodone

    100 ng/mL

    Hydromorphone

    300 ng/mL

    Oxymorphone

    100 ng/mL

    Oxymorphone

    100 ng/mL

    Oxymorphone

    100 ng/mL

    Oxycodone

    100 ng/mL

    Oxycodone

    100 ng/mL