Employers may choose to use oral fluid drug testing over other types of drug testing, such as urine or hair testing, for several reasons:
1. Non-invasive: Oral fluid drug testing is a non-invasive method of drug testing that requires only a simple swab of the inside of the mouth. This is less invasive than other methods, such as hair testing, which can require the collection of body hair.
2. Easy to administer: Oral fluid drug testing is relatively easy to administer and can be performed on-site, making it a convenient option for employers who do not have good access to a bathroom.
3. Detects recent drug use: Oral fluid drug testing can detect drug use within the past 24-48 hours, which can be useful for employers who want to ensure that their employees are not using drugs while on the job. It is a great test for post-accident and reasonable suspicion scenarios.
4. Difficult to adulterate: Oral fluid drug testing is more difficult to adulterate than urine testing, which can be tampered with by adding substances to the sample to mask drug use. This makes oral fluid drug testing a more consistent method of drug testing because you are not as dependent on the capability of the specimen collector.
Overall, oral fluid drug testing can be a convenient, reliable, and non-invasive method of drug testing for employers who want to ensure that their employees are not using drugs while on the job. ARCpoint Labs of Cincinnati East offers multiple oral fluid panels and can advise how to best set up or restructure your substance abuse testing program. For more information, please call us at 513-653-6600.