Drug Testing

When it comes to drug testing, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. With so many different types of testing out there, you have to know what you’re looking for. From opioids and amphetamines to inhalants, hallucinogens, and more, the staff here at Test Smartly Labs can consult with you and help point you in the right direction.

Understanding the 5-Panel Drug Test

The 5-panel drug test has historically been an industry-standard for basic pre-employment or workplace testing.  It can be an effective way to confirm suspicions. The trouble is this test only deals with five substances. With the growing number of natural and synthetic drugs, you are less likely to pinpoint usage or abuse unless you get very lucky with a 5-Panel drug test.

If you opt for a standard 5-panel as your panel of choice, you may very well receive negative results, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the substance being abused is even being tested within the panel. It’s important you understand what substance or substances you suspect and test accordingly. This can be based on historical findings or the makeup of your workforce.

At Test Smartly Labs we’re here to customize your drug panel, and we understand how to guide our clients to make educated choices and recognize signs to look for. We can help you understand the symptoms and behaviors to look for and match them with the likely drug class. Just some of the drugs we can test for include:

  • Marijuana (THC, Cannabis)
  • Cocaine
  • heroin (diacetylmorphine)
  • Amphetamines
  • Meth
  • Opiates (Natural)
  • Opioids (Synthetic Opiates)
  • Ecstasy (MDMA)
  • GHB (Date Rape)
  • LSD (Lyseric acid diethylamide)
  • Methaqualone (Quaalude)
  • Bath Salts (MDPV, 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone)
  • Barbiturates
  • Narcotics (Schedule II & III)
    • Fentanyl (Sublimaze, Duragesic)
    • Suboxone (buprenorphine)
    • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
    • Methadone (Dolophine)
    • Meperidine (Demerol)
    • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
    • Morphine, Opium, Codeine
  • Narcotics (Schedule IV)
    • Xanax (alprazolam)
    • Soma (carisoprodol)
    • Klonopin (clonazepam)
    • Valium (diazepam)
    • Versed (midazolam)

DOT-Compliance Testing

The Department of Transportation has been working to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation for Americans since its establishment in 1966. If your business is regulated by the DOT, it’s required that you comply with their drug and alcohol testing requirements.

Keeping up with changes and ensuring consistent compliance requires close attention-to-detail, and the staff at Test Smartly Labs is equipped to take the intricacies of this ongoing task off your plate. For example, did you know that, starting in 2018, the DOT will be requiring testing for hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone? We help you keep up with these updates to ensure your total compliance. Just some of the critical testing we can offer includes:

  • Pre-employment
  • Random
  • Post-accident
  • Return-to-duty

Knowledge is Power

There is a big difference between an Instant Drug Screen and a Lab-Based Drug test. Instant Screens (often mistakenly called drug tests) are completely inconclusive in the matter of confirming a positive drug test. An Instant Screen’s only value is to rule out certain drugs that don’t display non-negative results.

If an Instant Screen does not trigger a non-negative finding, it is assumed the test is negative for that drug. However, a non-negative result must be sent to a Diagnostic Lab for further lab-based testing so the metabolite can be isolated and verified/confirmed..  Even after the confirmation process at the lab, a Medical Review Officer must gather prescription information from the donor to see if the substance identified is legally-prescribed and occurs at therapeutic levels in the donor’s body as the prescription should be. Only then can the test be utilized and communicated with confidence.

It’s pretty clear that Instant Screens without Lab-Based confirmation and Medical Review are not very conclusive and should only be used as a Screen and NOT a conclusive test.  We recommend Lab-Based Drug Tests combined with Lab Confirmations and reviewed by a Medical Review Officer (MRO)

Not only can we perform a deeper analysis of non-negative results, but we also maintain a legal chain-of-custody that will hold up in court. Non-negative test results don’t necessarily mean someone has been abusing/using drugs, and we make it our goal to establish the accuracy you need to make important, life-changing decisions with confidence.

Whether you need results to determine someone’s continued employment, parole violations, or as part of a child custody case, accurate and reliable results are critical.

Call Test Smartly Labs today to see how our knowledgeable staff can help you arrive at the answers you need.