Frequently asked questions
Q. What is Drug Testing?
A. Most drug testing methods do not exactly test for the presence of drugs. This is because most drugs break down very quickly in the body. Therefore, the test looks for the chemicals that remain after the drug breaks down. These are called the metabolites. The metabolites of drugs can be detected in blood, urine, saliva, hair, or sweat. The most common type of testing is urine. The presence of illicit drugs can be detected in urine for up to three or four days after use, but some drugs can be detected for up to 30 days, especially after heavy use (see table below). They can be detected in blood for roughly the same period or slightly less, and for an even shorter period in saliva. The most common test in Australia is a urine test for cannabis, cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, benzodiazepine and opiates. Unlike alcohol testing, drug testing will not tell us whether a person is either under the influence of a drug, or what the level of impairment is. It will simply tell you whether the metabolites of a drug are present in their system.
There are a lot of different types of drug test out there, but they all work in a similar way. In the case of urine and saliva testing, no preparation is needed, but if blood is used, the plasma has to be separated before testing. Hair is much more complex to test because it has to be both washed and broken down. Hair and blood testing can be very expensive. Hence this is why most companies will opt for urine or saliva testing..
Q. Where can I buy drug testing kits?
A. You can purchase drug testing kits online through this website (ozdrugtests.com.au)
Q. How soon will I receive my order?
A. We offer express delivery payable on checkout. If your address is within the express post area, and the order was purchased before 2 pm, you will receive it the next business day.
We also offer free delivery on orders over $50. Standard delivery outside of Adelaide usually takes 2-5 days. Orders placed before 5pm will be dispatched on the same business day!
Q. Can I pay with a credit card through Paypal?
A. Yes. Just click “Pay with a debit or credit card” under Paypal login after checkout.
Q. There Is A Faint Line On The Drug Test – Is This Still A Negative Test?
A. This is one of the most common questions and one that will cause worry & confusion.
If two lines appear on a Urine or Saliva test, it should be considered as negative. It doesn’t matter if the test line is faint, compared to the control line. Sometimes the two lines differ in intensity and this should still be considered a negative result. This should be ignored for it is not of any significance.
Q. What Do The Abbreviations On The Drug Testing Kits Mean?
A. Abbrevaitions on packaging for drug testing kits are as follows,
THC = MARIJUANA & CANNABIS.
MOP/MOR = MORPHINE (HEROIN, OPIATE)
AMP = AMPHETAMINE .
MTD = METHADONE.
MET = METHAMPHETAMINE.
COC = COCAINE & CRACK.
BZO = BENZODIAZEPINE.
MDMA = ECSTASY
TCA= TRICYCLIC ANTIDEPRESSANTS
EDDP=EDDP screening tests (for methadone compliance testing)
COT=COTININE (nicotine smoking test)
Q. Why Does Cannabis Stay In The Body For Longer?
A. Cannabis is fat soluble. Over sustained regular use, cannabis is deposited around the body and stored in fat cells and can take up to a month to be excreted in some people.
This usually only occurs in heavy regular uses of cannabis, usually the concentrated forms such as skunk, and for most irregular or occasional users THC will be excreted much more quickly.
Q. Are the drug tests accurate?
A. Instant drug tests are extremely accurate with between 97% – 99% accuracy compared to lab drug test procedures.
Q. Which is best, Urine or Saliva drug tests?
A. Urine drug test detection times are longer and more invasive, but saliva is easier to collect and usually detect if the user is under the influence at the time of testing.
Q. Should instant drug tests be confirmed?
A. Only when a positive indicator is shown, all suspected positive detections need to be confirmed.
Q. What is the standard employment combination drug test in Australia?
A. Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, Cannabis, Cocaine, Benzodiazepines and Opiates.
Q. Does drinking a lot of water work?
A. Only in the few hours around when the result would be turning negative anyway. Drinking too much water will be detected in the adulteration stage.