Advances in Drug Testing Technology

Drug testing in the workplace has become more and more commonplace in this day and age and has since become an accepted procedure to promote employee health and safety. Before this, there were no methods or safety procedures established that promoted a drug free workplace. Although the Department of Transportation requires that all Commercial Licensed Drivers take regular drug tests, this type of regulation should be common sense and practiced regardless of law.

The drug testing industry has come a long way over the last few decades to become more sophisticated and capable of detecting the illegal use of drugs. Although an analysis of urine is still the most common form of drug testing, there have been advances made in the industry that can now detect drugs in other ways.

  • Hair Follicle Testing- This type of testing has been used by the court systems of numerous countries and has become an accepted form of forensic evidence. This test uses a strand of hair to detect the main drugs of abuse (cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines, opiates, and PCP).
  • Saliva Drug Screen- Although less common, this test can detect drug use during the previous few hours or up to two days. It is administered by taking a swab of the subjects mouth and detection begins almost immediately.
  • Blood Tests- This test is used to determine whether or not the subject is using or under the effects of a certain drug at a particular time. These types of tests are considered the most accurate method to determine whether someone is intoxicated.
  • Sweat Drug Screen- This works similar to the aforementioned saliva test. Sweat patches are attached to the skin to collect sweat over a longer period of time (up to 14 days). This can be useful if you are monitoring a person for their drug use.

These types of tests have been proven to work and offer peace of mind to employers worldwide.

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