Saliva Drug Testing BLOG

We all know that testing for drugs of abuse is not always a comfortable experience on the part of the donor. Given that, the last thing a tested individual would want is a repeat collection of specimen.

While urine drug test is still the most common drug testing method used nowadays, saliva drug test is rapidly becoming a reliable technique, too. One of the most competitive features of saliva drug tests is that they are less invasive while still ensuring an accurate result. The good news is there’s a new oral fluid drug testing device that offers an innovative solution for identifying different kinds of illegal substances.

Quest Diagnostics recently introduced the Oral-Eze® Oral Fluid Collector which is geared at simplifying the collection of oral samples for routine drug testing. The new drug detection device can determine the presence of a wide range of drugs, such as Amphetamines, Methamphetamines (including MDMA and its metabolite), Opiates (Codeine, Morphine, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, 6-monoacetylmorphine), Cocaine (metabolite), Marijuana (THC), and Phencyclidine (PCP).

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Advantages of Oral-Eze® Oral Fluid Collector

When undergoing saliva drug testing, some people complain about the unfavorable taste of the collection device being used. To address that concern and make oral fluid drug testing a better experience for the donor, Quest Diagnostics came up with a testing device that does not have a salty or citric taste.

The Oral-Eze saliva collector is designed with a built-in indicator window that turns blue when the sample quantity is sufficient for processing. The indicator window reduces the likelihood of the sample being rejected as "quantity not sufficient" and therefore, minimizes the time and expense associated with a second collection.

Collection procedure is fast and won’t take you more than 5 minutes, thereby, making the drug test device very much suitable for pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, return-to-duty, and post-accident testing.

Just like other saliva drug test devices, the Oral-Eze oral fluid collector requires lab analysis – in a faster turnaround time. Testing is performed the day the specimen is received at the lab, with negative screening results reported the same day. Positive results are confirmed, reviewed, and typically reported within 72 hours of receipt.

Aside from workplaces, saliva drug testing is also widely used in compliance and forensic testing because the method is difficult to adulterate. Saliva is known to contain a higher percentage of the parent drug, and the detection window can be anywhere between 12 and 24 hours, depending on the type and density of drug used.

With Oral-Eze oral fluid collector, parents can also benefit from it especially those who suspect their teenager to be using drugs. It’s very easy to administer and provides faster reliable results.