There are several options on how to get a drug test:
Order a drug test kit online
This option is probably the most logistically convenient. A few clicks and an instant drug test kit will arrive at your doorstep in a few days. No tiresome trips across town, no embarrassing moments collecting or submitting samples in front of strangers in a collection site, no appointments to keep, etc. You can perform your desired drug test in the privacy of your own home at a time that is most convenient for you. However, you will have to do a little research of your own if only to find enough information to help you decide exactly what kind of test you would prefer to do.
The method you choose will also depend upon what substance or substances you wish to test for. While you’re at it, you might as well learn a little something about drug detection times– this added information might help you decide what drug testing method to use.
Urine test – This is the most popular and technologically developed drug testing method. Being the least expensive as well, urine test kits are the most widely available.
Blood test – A blood test offers the best correlation between drug level and impairment and is able to identify the parent drug. The main disadvantage of this method is that many test subjects find the sample collection rather invasive. While it is the most accurate method of testing, a blood test is also the most expensive.
Saliva test – This method is fast becoming the most favored method of testing for drugs due to the ease by which a saliva sample is collected. It is as widely available as urine tests and almost as inexpensive.
Hair test – Only a hair test can establish long-term substance use. With a minimum of 1.5 inches of hair cut close to the scalp, a 90-day history can be detected, if any. This option is more expensive than urine or saliva test but less than a blood test.
Depending on the drug and testing medium, screening can make use of urine, hair, blood, or saliva for testing. The selected testing medium can have an effect on how far back the substances can be detected. Aside from that, the size, weight, health, hydration level, and similar factors may affect the extent of detection of drug abuse.
Visit your nearest drugstore
Most drugstores now carry home drug test kits. They will be found typically grouped with other home tests and/or health monitors/devices. You will find single tests for the more popular substances of abuse like marijuana or cocaine along with multi-panel test kits that test for 5 or 8 or even 12 different drugs. The test kits typically go for as much as $40 for a 12-panel test and about $16 for a marijuana test. Prices would be higher than those ordered online as most of these tests will include a confirmatory lab test should you get a positive result.
Schedule a Drug Test Online
If you do not trust yourself to do the test on your own and would prefer professionals to handle everything including collecting the sample, there is still a convenient way to schedule a drug test online. You will not need to drop in without an appointment and risk being asked to come back another day.
Ask your doctor
Simply ask your medical provider to do the test for you. While they may be able to collect the specimen for you (e.g. draw blood), know that they might have to send that sample to some other lab for the actual screening. This procedure will also go into your EHR (electronic health record). An EHR may be shared with other medical providers over at other healthcare organizations. Healthcare providers include emergency facilities, laboratories, specialist clinics, pharmacies, medical imaging facilities, school clinics and workplace clinics.