Urine Drug Testing

Whether someone has used drugs by smoking, snorting, eating or injecting drugs via an IV, traces of drug use may be picked up in the urine.

A urine drug screen (UDS) is a very common, safe, painless form of drug testing.

It’s a quick and affordable test used by many businesses, schools, courts, social services and DOT organizations – which is why it’s often seen as a “gold standard” of drug testing.

Urine testing can look for the use of all types of drugs. We also offer urine screens for alcohol and nicotine/tobacco.

At Test Smartly Labs, you can trust our collection procedures.

We’re very aware of the tactics many use to cheat the test. But:

Our collection sites, professionals and systems meet the most strict regulations (DOT regulations) to deter cheating and tampering with the samples.

We also can do observed collections to offer 100% certainty no cheating took place.

(It’s important to note – the DOT requires that an abnormality like temperature irregularity of the sample receive follow-up with an observed collection.)

Test Smartly Labs offers results on Instant Screens in just minutes and lab-based test results come back within 1-2 days.

Are urine drug screens instant?

Instant drug screens are not drug tests.

They are an appealing and attractive option because they can provide negative results very quickly.

They’re a good option if you do not need to use the results in court.

These screens do not confirm a positive result, but instead provide either “negative” or “non-negative” results. The screen’s only value is to rule out certain drugs with a “negative” reading.

If the urine screen reads as non-negative, further testing needs done by diagnostic lab testing.

This process involves evaluating the collection through a scientific process.

A medical review officer will get involved to gather the person’s prescription information to see if any substances identified in the urine were legally prescribed, and if the prescription instructions were followed.

Only after this evaluation can a test result be used and communicated with confidence.

For this reason, we mostly recommend lab-based drug tests combined with lab confirmations to get a defensible, reliable test result.

A common 5-panel urine test

This is a basic urine test that will look for the most commonly abused illegal and prescription drugs. They are:

  • Marijuana (THC)
  • Cocaine
  • Narcotics (Opiates)
  • Amphetamines (like Adderall and Ritalin)
  • Methamphetamines (known as meth, speed, crystal, crack, etc.)

A common 10-panel urine test

The 10-panel urine test looks for everything included in our 5-panel but evaluates the urine to find traces of additional substances commonly abused:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates
  • Amphetamines (like Adderall and Ritalin)
  • Methamphetamines (known as meth, speed, crystal, crack, etc.)
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Barbiturates
  • Methadone
  • Oxycodone
  • Buprenorphine

EtG Urine Testing for Alcohol – tests for EtG, a byproduct of alcohol (metabolite) that can appear in the urine

Cotinine Testing for Nicotine/Tobacco Use – a molecule called cotinine is a byproduct of tobacco use and we can test it to see if someone has used it recently or not.

If you need help deciding which test you need, or for pricing information, contact us.