Drug Testing BLOG

types of drug test methods

Drug testing has evolved since its inception during WWII. In 1986, President Reagan directed major employers to implement workplace drug screening to promote a safe and drug-free environment. Today, drug testing can be used for pre-employment screening, random, periodic, post-accident, and return-to-duty purposes.

What are the different types of drug tests?

There are many ways to detect drugs in a person’s system:

  • Urine collection cups
  • Urine dip cards and strips
  • Hair drug test kits
  • Saliva drug tests
  • Drug reagent tests

Instant tests can detect up to 16 of the most common drugs of abuse, including prescription substances. Once a sample is collected, it will react to the reagents on the built-in test strips to determine the presence of drug metabolites in the specimen. These tests can be sent to a laboratory for confirmation testing of presumptive positive results.

Importance of Workplace Drug Testing

Drug testing is one of the key tools for maintaining a healthy and safe environment for everyone at work.