While there are many different aspects of the hiring process, some are more important than others, when it comes to vetting candidates. For some companies, more and more in fact, drug testing is becoming more important. There are a few different ways to go about drug testing, such as hair follicle testing or mouth swabs, but the urinalysis test is the most common, as it is inexpensive yet accurate. If you are considering implementing drug testing in your company, you may want to consider using an outside lab testing company. This is because doing the standard at home tests really does very little good. They are not as accurate, and they do not really tell you what levels were present. This is information that only professionals, such as those at Gulfstream Diagnostics, will be able to tell you.
There are many reasons why it might be important to know specific information about drug test results. First of all, even if working properly, which they often do not, at home drug tests can only tell you positive or negative. They do not specify the levels or anything else. It is a simple yes or a no. While this may seem like all the information you need, it actually leaves a lot up to chance. For instance, if all you know is positive or negative, you will not know whether or not you had a false positive. False positives are something that happens more than you might think. The main reason for this is the fact that drug testing really only detects metabolites in the urine, rather than traces of the actual drug. The reason this is relevant is because other drugs and substances, besides illegal ones, can produce the same metabolites in some cases. So, when you are administering UA testing, it is important to take this factor into consideration. With a professional doing the testing, at least you can know the levels of the drug metabolites that were present. Typically if the levels are very high, the reading is probably accurate. On the other hand, very low levels might be indicative of a false positive. If this situation does arise, you may want to consider administering the test again, just to be certain.
For the most part, urine tests are pretty basic. They usually only have about five to seven different metabolites that they are testing for, based on five or seven different categories of drugs. The main five, as in the ones that show up in a five panel test, are opiates, benzodiazepines, THC, cocaine, and amphetamines. While it may seem like these are only five of many drugs, you must consider that most of the commonly abused drugs in the United States do fall into one of these categories. Opiates, for instance, include a wide range of drugs, including heroin, opium and various prescription pain killers, such as morphine and oxycontin. By urine drug testing your employees, using these five panel tests, you are sure to catch pretty much anything.