The drug test
results provided by drug-aware test kits are very simple to read.
Of course, all of the drug test kits we provide come with both
detailed test instructions and quick start instructions, but we have
also offered a simple description of how to read drug test results
Firstly, we should
cover the correct test procedure.
test cup procedure
1) Remove the test
from the foil pouch.
2) Ask the patient
to remove the cap using the pull tab, and to provide a urine sample.
3) When the sample
has been sealed in the cup, the patient should hand the integrated
test cup back, at which point the urine sample temperature should be
read. The test has a temperature strip affixed to the side
which reads body temperature (32 - 37 degrees C). As long as
you can see a green coloured square on the temperature strip, this
is considered a valid sample temperature - effectively ruling out
the substitution or dilution of the urine sample.
More detailed urine collection procedures.
4) Placing the test
kit on a flat surface, insert the key into the socket, activating
the test kit. Start a timer. Drug test results can be
read within 5 minutes.
5) Peel off the
label to see the test results appear.
6) Read the
test results. The test is completed and can be read at 5
minutes. Negative results can be determined as soon as a test
line starts to appear, but positive results should only be
determined at the full 5 minute read time. More detailed
information is below:
How to read Drug
reading the results on one of our 7 drug integrated test cups you
are essentially looking for any test or control lines which may be
missing. A fully negative and unadulterated sample will display a
total of 12 purple / magenta coloured bands. This will be made up of
4 lines on the left-most test strip - which tests for 3 different
drugs, along with 2 lines on every other strip.
You will see a control line at the top of each test strip within the
device (marked by a small "C") and a test line below - which is
present for each of the drugs tested for (marked with a small "T",
or 1, 2, or 3 if on the first strip). If there is any kind of
adulterant present from a patient's attempts at contamination of the
sample - such as adding bleach - the control lines will not form. If
any of the seven classes of drug we are looking for are positive,
the test line for that corresponding drug will be absent.
This is because the drug has bound itself to the chemistry within
the test and prevented the purple / magenta line from forming where
it should have. When this happens, it is obvious. No matter what
angle you hold the test, or what light source you use, the line
cannot be seen.
In rare cases, where someone has previously used the drug you are
testing for, they may show a faint line on their drug test. You must
still interpret this as negative. i.e. A line is a line. The reason
for this is that this person MUST have abstained from the drug for a
number of days before getting to such a low level of drug in their
body to test negative. It is just the last traces of drug leaving
their system, so at this point they are technically negative.
How long after taking
drugs will you get a positive drug test result? Well, different drugs are
detectable in urine for different lengths of time. Factors including
age, height, sex, weight, purity of drug, dose, how often the drug is
used, etc, will all play a role in how long drugs remain detectable in
a patient’s urine sample. Please use the following figures purely as a
guide, as the upper limit can represent extremes:
Alcohol (Breath / Saliva) - 1 hour per unit consumed
Amphetamines - 2 to 6
Barbiturates - 3 to 8
Benzodiazepines - 2
to 14 days
Cannabis (THC) -
Typically 14 to 28 days but one-off use can be as little as 3 to 5
Cocaine - 2 to 5 days
Methadone - 2 to 7
Methamphetamines - 2
to 6 days
Opiates - 2 to 5 days
PCP - 2 to 6 days
For some free advice
from a friendly expert on drug retention times,
reacting medication, or any other drug screening issues such
as possible false positive test results or false negative test results, please
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test kits are also available for healthcare professionals or
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