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There are numerous types of drug testing out there, used for a variety of reasons. Saliva drug testing can actually be more effective than urine drug testing and similar types of drug testing in certain situations.
Detect Drugs Immediately
Urine testing cannot detect drug usage in the first 4 hours after use, but saliva testing can detect drug use almost immediately. Usually, saliva drug swabs can pick up drugs ingested 30-60 minutes prior. This is why this sort of testing is ideal for situations where there has been an accident, and other suspicious testing situations. This makes it the obvious choice over urine testing and similar tests.
The test can tell you whether a person has snorted, smoked, or ingested an illegal substance in the 72 hours previous. Bear in mind that with an oral fluid test, you will only be able to detect drugs used in that window. They cannot detect prolonged drug use if the person stops taking them 2-3 days before the test.
The Benefits of Saliva Drug Tests
There’s an early detection window with saliva drug tests that you just don’t get with urine samples. Not only that, a quick turnaround is often given, so you can get the results you need when you need them. Not only do you get accurate results, you can also get a more in-depth look at drug levels.
Saliva drug tests are suitable for all kinds of situations. The authorities can use them for suspicious circumstances post accident, a business owner can use them to determine whether a candidate is suitable for a job, and so on. They can also be used at random in companies if they are suspicious of drug use causing a problem in the business. The test is quick, simple, and noninvasive. The most common drugs these tests are used to detect are as follows:
- THC – detected for 12-24 hours
- Opiates – detected up to 2-3 days
- Cocaine – detected up to 1 day
- Amphetamine – detected 24-48 hours
- Ecstasy – detected 2-4 days
- Methamphetamine – detected 24-48 hours
- Alcohol – detected 6-12 hours
Cheating On Drug Tests
Some people try to find ways to cheat on tests, especially when it comes to urine drug testing. However, oral fluid tests are hard to cheat. Privacy is important when giving a urine sample, but this is not required when using an oral swab kit. This means you can be sure that the test has not been tampered with in any way.
The person you are taking a sample from either takes their own sample, or you take it for them. Either way, they are under direct observation. This makes it very difficult for them to tamper with the test. Even if they do attempt to tamper with the test, there are very few methods that can do so. Some attempt to use dilution tactics with urine samples, but the same tactic is not useful when employed for saliva drug tests.
This is another huge benefit of selecting oral drug swabs over urine samples for drug detection.