Why Urine Drug Testing?

Urine drug testing is the most frequently used method for drug testing and is by far the most flexible and customizable. With hundreds of different combinations of detectable drugs and cutoff levels, there is a urine test panel for almost any scenario.


Urine drug testing detects recent drug use and is the only testing method approved for federally-mandated testing at this time, however, oral fluid testing will soon be approved.  Businesses can rely on lab-based urine testing for its cost-effectiveness, the capacity to screen for a variety of different drugs and ability to withstand most legal challenges.  

What is the detection window for a lab-based, urine drug test?
What drugs are detected?

We can test for the following drugs: amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, marijuana, MDMA (Ecstasy) and its metabolite, methadone, opiates, oxycodone, phencyclidine (PCP and propoxyphene, synthetic cannabinoids (K2/Spice") and synthetic stimulants ("Bath Salts").


Additionally, specialized panels such as Medical Professional Panels for a broad range of prescription drugs more accessible in the healthcare industry and a steroids panel to detect performance-enhancing drugs and anabolic steroid use.  

Can I get results instantly?

Any drugs present in the bloodstream are metabolized in the liver before being excreted in the urine.  This process results in drugs appearing in the urine later than oral fluid, but drugs are detectable for a significantly longer time in urine than in oral fluid.  The actual time a drug will remain detectable in a sample will depend on some or all of the following:

  • The amount of drug taken

  • How frequently the drug is taken

  • The nature of the drug itself

  • An individual's metabolism and general health

  • The amount of fluids taken since taking the drug

  • The amount of exercise since taking the drug

See Table below for Drugs and Detection Window

There are many very reliable instant urine products on the market and we do a considerable amount of instant drug testing utilizing the iCup and the Blue Rapid cups.  We offer 6, 10 and 12 panel instant kits.  To be legally protected we always recommend a lab-based confirmation for any non-negative.  Results appear within 1-3 minutes. 

Can a urine drug test be beaten or adulterated?

While it is the most common drug testing method, urine testing is not foolproof.  However, with specimen validity testing, our SAMHSA approved labs can help ensure the integrity of the test by measuring pH, creatinine and specific gravity (when indicated) and testing for adulterants that may be added to the urine specimen.  The most common adulterants screened include oxidizing agents such as nitrites, chromates and halogens (e.g., bleach and iodine). All "invalid results" are automatically tested twice to ensure accuracy. 

Onsite collection services minimize the opportunity to cheat or adulterate the test simply because the donor is notified and immediately escorted to the testing site.    

We use only laboratories certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the industry's benchmark certification program.