The use (and abuse) of illicit drugs is spreading far and wide nowadays. Even in the all formal and even casual workplace, its use has always been a problem. This is the reason why companies along with the scientific community strive to create methods and practices that will make drug screening in the workplace an easy task for all the parties involved.
Oral Drug Tests
Oral drug tests have become the go-to process of companies and employer for job applications and drug screenings in the office. The convenience the testers have with this method is very much appreciated. This is also considered as the least invasive method of drug testing.
Oral drug tests, also known as swab tests are easy and quick to administer. The process is simple and can be done in almost anywhere. Companies are allowed to do this test randomly so this kind of screening is much more effective than urine or blood drug testing. Employers do not need to hire third-party testers to collect sample specimen for this screening.
The process of collecting oral fluid is more convenient for all the concerned individuals. There is no need for special facilities or even comfort rooms when providing a sample. All the person has to do is open his or her mouth for a little while. The collector uses a swab which is like a tiny toothbrush in appearance. The swab has a special tip with a special kind of adhesive that will collect the saliva sample from the part of the mouth it is swiped against.
Accuracy and Adulteration
There are a lot of articles on the internet showing step by step process on how to “cheat” drug tests especially urine drug tests. The tricks used in urine testing aren’t applicable to oral drug testing. Oral drug tests can be done under strict supervision of the testers or authorities, unlike in urine drug testing, the person is left alone privately for several minutes when providing a sample. In this case, the tampering with the sample substance is most likely impossible.
The results produced by oral drug tests are believed to be more accurate than urine drug tests results. The samples collected orally are less likely to be contaminated with other substances present in the body.
Oral drug tests can also detect the presence of illicit substance a few moments after its use, unlike in urine or in blood testing where it takes a few hours for drug substances to be detectable in the human body.