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Our drug testing centers in Phoenix, AZ can provide drug testing for employment purposes, drug-free workplace policies, court-ordered drug testing, probation drug testing, personal drug tests and child custody drug testing. Our drug test centers can provide testing with urine and hair for drugs and for alcohol including EtG alcohol testing

If you are considering hiring new employees, you need to have them drug tested to limit your liability. There are different testing methods used by drug testing facilities and knowing what type you are paying to have performed can help you.

What Is the Dipstick Test for Drug Tests?

When a urine sample is collected for drug testing purposes, labs will often utilize the dipstick method in Phoenix, AZ to check for any present drugs. The test consists of a piece of plastic being placed into the urine for a couple seconds. The stick has chemical strips present on them that will light up in color if a drug is detected.

This type of test is one of the most commonly used and it provides the fastest results available. The dipstick test is evaluated by an MRO or Medical Review Officer who is on staff so it is important to check with the lab facility to make sure they have a full-time one on staff.

How Long Until the Results Are Received?

Instant drug testing negative results can be available in fifteen minutes. It can take 24 to 48 hours to receive a result on a lab drug test. Sometimes, if a result is required sooner than that, it can be provided and sometimes it can take as long as 72 hours for the results to be read and provided to an employer. Often, drug tests are not read on the weekends and are only performed and read on businesses days.

When you need to have a drug test performed, speak with the drug testing provider and find out if they are SAMHSA certified and whether there is an MRO on staff. These are important for you to know.