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Hair Drug Testing Versus Urine Drug Testing

Posted: Apr 25 2016

Hair Drug Testing Versus Urine Drug Testing

By: Jane Schwab

April 25, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Written by US Drug Test Centers Staff

A lot of times we will get questions like, “which drug test is better, a hair drug test or urine drug test?” Well, the real question would be, what are you trying to accomplish? Are you looking for a drug test with quick results, that evaluates long-term patterns of repetitive drug use or looking to detect recent drug use, etc?

  These are questions that can help you determine which test would best accomplish what you are trying to accomplish.

There are many different types of urine drug test panels. The most common urine drug test is a 10 panel DOT like drug test. This test tests for: Cocaine, Marijuana (THC, cannabinoids), Phencyclidine (PCP – angel dust), Amphetamines (including methamphetamines, also known as crystal meth), Opiates (including heroin, codeine and morphine), Benzodiazepines (such as Xanax), Barbiturates, Methadone, Propoxyphene, Methaqualone (Quaaludes). Urine testing will detect recent drug use, with about a 72 hour look back period, and is the only testing method approved for federally-mandated drug testing. US Drug Test Centers can also offer immediate urine testing for instant negative results when needed. Urine drug test results are normally received back within 24-48 business hours.

Urine drug testing may be used for many different reasons such as pre-employment, probation, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, school, internships and more.

If you are looking for a drug test that tests back farther than a urine test, you would want to have a hair test performed. Standard hair testing can detect the drugs/metabolites taken up to 90 days evaluates long-term patterns of repetitive drug use. Every hair follicle test is observed and it is difficult for the testing donor to cheat on the test. If you are in need of a hair test that goes back further than 90 days, give our office a call at 866-566-0261 and we discuss which testing panel would be best for you.

A standard 5 panel hair drug test includes: Amphetamines (Methamphetamine, Ecstasy, MDMA and MDA), Cocaine, Opiates (Codeine, Morphine, and Heroin), Phencyclidine (PCP) & Marijuana. If you are looking for a more in-depth panel, contact our office to speak with one of our drug test specialists. They will be able to take down information on which drugs or alcohol you would like to be tested for, and schedule your testing accordingly.

Hair follicle drug testing is a great way to determine actual drug use. Many times with urine drug testing the substance abuser has learned tricks to beat the test. At this time there are no known successful commercial adulterants for hair tests and the recommended use of normal hair care products/procedures (shampoos, dyes, permanents, relaxers, bleaches) do not have a significant effect on hair drug test results


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