Last updated on February 25th, 2021 at 02:18 pm
Do you need a drug test today? Instant or rapid drug tests are now available at facilities in most areas of the United States.
Instant or rapid drug testing means a specimen is collected and the initial screening is conducted immediately. This is often called Point of Collection Testing (POCT). Negative results from these instant screens are available same day.
National Drug Screening offers instant rapid testing for self collect at your office. Our flagship product is NexScreen where the collection is electronic and negative results immediately available on our web portal and can be automatically e-mailed to the employer.
Also available we can provide instant rapid testing at Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp locations throughout the United States.
With all instant or POCT testing, for specimens with non-negative results the specimens must be shipped to the laboratory for confirmation testing. Instant testing is not reliable for positive results.
Instant Rapid Urine Test – 5 Panel: Marijuana: THC, Cocaine – COC, Phencyclidine – PCP, Opiates – OPI, Amphetamine – AMP and Methamphetamines – MAMP. These tests are only available at our LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics facilities. Not available in every State. If you order an instant test and there are no collection sites available in your area, your test will be changed to a standard laboratory test. Negative results will be e-mail to you in about two hours, non-negative results will go to the Lab for further confirmation testing and the results will take several business days. Click Here to order.
Instant Rapid Urine Test – 10 Panel: Marijuana: THC, Cocaine – COC, Phencyclidine – PCP, Opiates – OPI, Amphetamine – AMP, Methamphetamines – MAMP, Benzodiazepine, Barbiturates, Methadone, and Propoxyphene. These tests are only available at our LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics facilities. Not available in every State. Not available in every State. If you order an instant test and there are no collection sites available in your area, your test will be changed to a standard laboratory test. Negative results will be e-mail to you in about two hours, non-negative results will go to the Lab for further confirmation testing and the results will take several business days. Click Here to order.
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The following states have restrictions on instant or rapid drug testing:
- Kansas – Prohibited for all employees.
- Maine – Pre-employment only.
- Maryland – Employer must register with the State. Pre-employment only.
- Minnesota – Prohibited for all employees.
- Nevada – Must be performed in a licensed facility.
- New York – Must be performed in a licensed facility.
- North Caroline – Pre-employment only.
- Oklahoma – Must be performed at a certified collection site.
- Oregon – Sites must become POCT registered.
- Puerto Rico – Prohibited for all employees.
- Vermont – Prohibited for all employees.
Questions and answers about instant or rapid drug testing, commonly called POCT testing:
Q: Is instant testing also referred to as POCT or rapid testing? A: Yes, instant tests are sometimes referred to as rapid testing or POCT which stands for point of collection testing. This type of test yields a drug and/or alcohol result within minutes from the time of a drug test collection.
Q: Is the testing laboratory available to verify the results of instant drug tests? A: Yes. The best practice, and as required by the FDA-clearance, for any instant drug testing program is to send non-negative initial screens into the laboratory for confirmatory testing.
Q: Why do specimens that screen non-negative with an instant test device sometimes test negative in the confirmatory laboratory results? A: This is actually not uncommon. It occurs not only with instant tests, but also with specimens that screen non-negative in the laboratory. There are a few potential causes. Immunoassay technology typically used for screening is susceptible cross-reactivity with structurally similar compounds (e.g. a range of opiates or over the counter cold medications) that are not in the intended test panel. This can be caused by the donor’s ingestion of those compounds. The donor may be completely unaware of the potential interference. The Mass Spectrometer (MS) instruments utilized for confirmatory testing are more accurate and sensitive. While this test method is more expensive than the immunoassay screen, it identifies the exact molecule of the targeted drug or metabolite and precisely measures the level of drug in the specimen. The two technologies are used together to optimize cost and accuracy for workplace drug testing.
Q: Can an instant urine test be used for federally regulated or Department of Transportation (DOT) drug testing? A: No, lab-based testing is required for all federally mandated drug testing.
Q: Is instant drug testing legal in the United States? A: Instant testing is legal in the U.S. However, it’s prohibited by state law in New York, Kansas, Minnesota, Vermont, and Puerto Rico. Several other states have laws that require licensure and/or registration or limit the use of instant drug tests.
Q: Is FDA clearance required for instant drug test devices? A: The FDA requires that instant test devices utilized for workplace drug testing have FDA 510(k) clearance
Our instant testing devices are a rapid, one step screening test for the simultaneous, qualitative detection of multiple drugs and drug metabolites in human urine designed for use by healthcare professionals including professionals at point of care sites.
Rapid Drug Testing Is Also Known As….
- Instant Drug Screening
- Point of Collection Drug Screening
- Immediate Drug Screening
Why Is It Beneficial?
Rapid Drug Testing is great for employers because it expedites the hiring process. If you’re a DOT employer and you need a driver to move product, you won’t have to wait to get them on the road with this method. The technology is available to us to get results within seconds, if they are in fact negative, which about 94% of drug tests are.
What Happens If It Is Positive?
This is where the instant part goes away. As is the case with all positive results, we have to submit the specimen for confirmatory testing before we can give the results back to an employer. The specimen will be shipped to a Medical Review Officer for confirmation and if the result holds, that information will be relayed to the employer.
The NexScreen Product
Here at National Drug Screening, we use the NexScreen testing product to provide us with instant and reliable results. A person will produce a urine sample in the NexScreen product and it will automatically reveal if that specimen is negative. Boom- just like that. But if the specimen is positive, it will be entered into the Electronic Chain of Custody and shipped off to an MRO for review.