October 19th, 2010
Oral Drug Tests.
Drug Tests are conducted with the purpose of determining the consumption / non consumption of drugs by people. Drug use is a major problem in the United States. As many as 80% of adults confessed of having consumed low power drugs, like marijuana, in their school and college days. And 17% confessed to have used powerful drugs like cocaine. Many people regard drug use as the number one problem confronting the nation.
The fear of testing positive in a drug test and actually testing positive has been proved to be a useful deterrent against drug use. This was the purpose of instituting drug tests in public and private workplaces, schools, colleges and other educational institutions. The most common drug test is the urine test. Kidneys store toxins for some duration before excreting them through urine. Therefore drug consumption in the previous several days can be traced in this test. Hair drug test can trace drug consumption for up to 3 years – the maximum among all drug tests. The only downside is false positives – someone testing positive even if he has not consumed drugs. This happens due to consumption of certain over the counter medicines containing drug chemicals. So if you want to avoid a false positive for meth or any other drug test, check the medicines you are taking.
Saliva swab drug tests, also known as oral or mouth drug tests, use saliva as the sample. The test is very simple and quick. A swab is placed in the mouth of the person to be tested and left there for a couple of minutes till it is saturated with saliva. The swab is then placed on a colored strip of paper for testing. Based on the changes in the test strip drug consumption / non consumption is determined. The chances of tampering with or substituting the sample are impossible – a person cannot have anyone else’s saliva in his mouth. The test can confirm alcohol consumption within the previous 4 days; marijuana and hashish consumption within the previous 24 hours and the consumption of opiates, cocaine and met amphetamine within 2 to 3 days before the false positive for meth drug test.
In situations or applications where drug consumption within only a limited duration before the test is to be determined, this test is preferred. Such applications include post accident drug / alcohol testing, testing automobile and equipment drivers and testing of potential clients by insurance companies. Rinsing your mouth with a detox mouthwash 5 to 30 minutes before the sample is taken can help you pass drug test.