Oral Fluid testing

Advantages of Oral Fluid Drug Testing

by Nicole Jupe on July 11, 2016

oral-fluid-advantagesImplementing an effective drug testing program can sometimes prove to be challenging. Because laboratory-based urine drug testing is the most widely used testing method, it leads some employers to believe it’s the safest bet. At Quest Diagnostics, we are committed to offering a comprehensive selection of workplace drug testing solutions which include oral fluid and hair testing to meet the needs of clients from different industries and geographies.

With that in mind, oral fluid is emerging as a popular alternative to urine. Like urine, oral fluid testing detects recent drug use and may also identify very recent usage that may not be captured by urine testing. While oral fluid has a slightly shorter window of detection (depending on the drug/metabolite and usage patterns), the overall positivity rate, based on recent Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ data, demonstrates a higher positivity for almost all drugs and more than twice the positivity for marijuana. In 2011, our scientific experts launched a new a FDA-cleared collection and testing system utilizing our patented technology in the Oral-Eze® Oral Fluid Collection System that we use exclusively for oral fluid drug testing. It’s worth noting that oral fluid is also being considered for federally-regulated drug testing. Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published proposed Oral Fluid Mandatory Guidelines in the Federal Register, a first step towards permitting the use of oral fluid specimens for Federal drug testing.

Here are some of the advantages of using Oral-Eze for oral fluid drug testing:

  • Oral fluid is regarded as reliable for detecting recent drug use.
  • A collection is simple to perform and can be conducted at a place of employment. Most oral fluid collections take less than five minutes.
  • Because an oral fluid collection is observed, it helps to reduce the opportunity for a donor to alter or tamper with their drug test specimen.
  • The Oral-Eze sample adequacy window helps test administrators know when they have collected a sufficient amount of oral fluid.
  • Our laboratory tests a variety of drugs in oral fluid including amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana (THC), methamphetamines, opiates, and phencyclidine (PCP).
  • Specimen validity testing is performed on every Oral-Eze specimen received in our laboratory to verify that the sample is human saliva.
  • Testing is performed within a few hours of the specimen arriving at the lab. Negative screening results are typically reporting back to clients the same day.
  • Data from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ shows that Oral-Eze is very effective at detecting marijuana, the most commonly abused illicit drug.

Oral fluid testing features unique advantages such as excellent detection of recent drug use, the flexibility of performing observed collections on-site, and fast result turnaround times. It can be performed throughout the country with the exception of a few states. Check our guide to see where it is permitted.

To learn more about the Oral-Eze, download our white paper, visit Oral-Eze.com, or contact us online.

My Day in the Lab

by Steve Beller on June 8, 2016

lab_process.jpgMy name is Steve. I’m a marketer. I joined Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions two months ago. My journey has been informative and sometimes challenging as I endeavor to learn a new industry. Today was my induction into “the lab life.” I spent the day watching and listening as our highly-trained (and passionate) laboratory employees walked me through the ins and outs of specimen processing, data capture, screening, confirmation, results interpretation and dozens of other processes.

What really struck me was the depth of the processes involved in making the lab operate: checks, double checks and cross-checks at every juncture in the drug testing process, expensive machines that automate and speed up the process, and technicians at every step working to ensure that every output is correct. The lab takes chain of custody to a whole new level. Every step is documented, signed and dated following well-hewn processes. The lab and its operation reminded me of a factory – a urine, oral fluid and hair testing factory.

I am amazed at the volume of work that gets tested in an industry where hand-written CCFs (Custody and Control Forms) are still the norm. Hard to read, faded, missing and illegible test numbers, donor names, and client ID’s bogged down the process. I can only imagine the impact of the electronic Custody and Control Form (eCCF) when our clients begin to utilize them for federally-mandated drug testing. As the Product Marketing Manager, a big part of my job will be nurturing and driving the adoption of eCCF. Truth be told, before today I knew eCCF was a big deal, but now I understand how truly monumental this evolution will be – not just for our laboratories, but for the drug testing industry as a whole.

My name is Steve. I’m a marketer. And after spending a day in our drug testing laboratory, I have a new found respect for this industry, for our laboratory employees, and for the processes – both existing and forthcoming – that enable us to deliver exceptional quality and fast turnaround times for tens of thousands of specimens every, single day.

For more information about urine drug testing, visit our website or contact us online.

Drug Testing Needs Assessment

March 14, 2016Drug Testing

Employers are tasked with making important decisions about how best to keep their workplaces safe, productive and drug-free. An important component of creating and maintaining a drug-free workplace is having an effective drug testing program. And, while urine drug testing has been the standard for decades, there are now many other drug testing options available, […]

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THC Drug Recovery and Stability Using Oral-Eze

October 20, 2015Oral Fluid testing

Marijuana consistently ranks as the most commonly detected illicit drug. The primary psychoactive chemical of cannabis, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is also the predominant analyte detected in oral fluid drug testing when donors use marijuana. Oral fluid drug testing is emerging as a popular alternative to urine testing and is often used in workplace substance abuse, clinical, […]

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Challenging the Poppy Seed Defense

October 16, 2015News

The “poppy seed defense” or the claim that ingesting poppy seeds is the reason for a failed drug test has long been used to challenge drug test results. A Seinfeld episode brought it into the mainstream with a story line where Elaine Benes tests positive for opium on her company’s urine drug test and blames […]

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Guide for Drug Testing Laws

September 21, 2015Drug Testing

One of the most critical elements of your organization’s drug testing program is a comprehensive, well-written policy that is both easy for employees to understand and compliant with state and federal laws. State laws for drug testing vary across the country, while many states permit all types of drug testing, some states have unique requirements […]

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Why Choose Lab-based Oral Fluid Drug Testing

August 4, 2015Oral Fluid testing

Oral fluid testing presents unique advantages such as the flexibility of performing on-site, observed collections and fast result turnaround times. Oral fluid testing begins to detect the presence of drugs soon after ingestion, making it an excellent indicator of recent use. Today, both lab-based and instant oral fluid testing methods are available. Yet, a laboratory […]

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Quest Comments for Oral Fluid Mandatory Guidelines

August 3, 2015Oral Fluid testing

Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published Oral Fluid Mandatory Guidelines in the Federal Register – which was the first step to permit the use of oral fluid specimens for federally-regulated drug testing. This publication opened a 60-day comment period to allow the public to participate in the creation of […]

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Oral Fluid Mandatory Guidelines Comment Period Now Open

June 11, 2015Oral Fluid testing

On May 15, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published Oral Fluid Mandatory Guidelines in the Federal Register. The proposed guidelines are the first step in the process of enabling the use of oral fluid for the drug testing of federal employees, and as a result, would remove the current requirement of using […]

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Proposed Guidelines Impacting Workplace Drug Testing Programs

May 20, 2015News

On May 15, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published two notices in the Federal Register for the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs that could lead to important changes in federal drug testing requirements. Oral Fluid Mandatory Guidelines would allow the use of oral fluid for the testing of federal […]

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