Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: At what age should I sit down with my children to discuss the dangers of drugs?
It’s never too early to share how you feel about drugs and what your expectations are in terms of zero tolerance of drug use by your children. A study showed that 74% of 4th graders wished their parents would speak with them about drugs.
Q: At what age should I begin randomly drug testing my child?
Every family situation is different. Some children are experimenting with drugs as young as 8 and 9 years old. We suggest that a program of random drug testing is implemented by the age of 12.
Q: What should I do if my child tests positive for drugs or alcohol?
First of all, stay calm. You are in control and now have the proof that your child is using drugs. Our program manual teaches you how to respond to a positive test. We’re with you every step of the way. Should your child need counseling or treatment, we have the resources to help you take the next steps.
Q: Is there a way to get a sample without my child’s knowledge?
Some children may refuse to comply with taking a drug test. We address this issue in our program manual. As a last resort, we do offer parents a method to test their child without the child’s knowledge.
Q: In a multi-drug test, how will I know which drug tests positive?
Each panel shows the positive or negative result for a particular drug or drug category. So you know at a glance which drug you have tested positive for if there is one red line on the test strip.
Drugs in the Workplace
Q: I am an employee (for example, truck driver, merchant mariner, pilot, etc) covered under the DOT regulations. Can you give me specific information on the DOT regulations?
Please call DOT directly at 202-366-3784 or visit its website at www.dot.gov/ost/dapc.
Q: What percentage of random tests should be conducted each year for an employer to maintain an effective deterrence and detection program?
There is no established optimum percentage of random tests that will ensure the most effective deterrence and detection program. Logically, a very small percentage (e.g., 5 percent) may not be sufficient to deter or detect someone abusing an illicit substance, while a very high percentage (e.g., 95 percent) might be much more than is needed to maintain an effective program. The Department of Transportation permits the percentage of random tests to vary depending on the positive rate. In some cases, an industry is permitted to test at a 10 percent random rate while another industry is required to test at a 50 percent rate. Please contact DOT at 202-366-3784 for additional information on its policy.
Q: What are the cut-off levels for drugs in your tests?
Our FDA approved tests have the following SAMHSA industry-standard cutoff levels:
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Q: What are the drug detection times in the body?
Drug detection times, or the amount of time the drug remains in the body, could vary from drug to drug.
Q: Will substances that I use regularly like vitamins, penicillin, aspirin and caffeine affect the results in any way?
No – because our rapid drug tests react to drugs and drug metabolites, not to these substances which have a different chemical structure.
Q: If a drug test shows positive, can it be proved how long ago the drug was taken?
Saliva, urine and blood only show up a positive or negative result, not how long ago a drug has been taken.
Q: Do you think I could test positive for marijuana (THC) from exposure to second-hand smoke?
No you cannot as the urine concentration, if any, will be way below the cut-off level.
Q: Can one test be used for all the possible drugs of abuse?
No, it cannot. Each drug needs a specific test. We do offer multi-drug tests – up to 10 drugs can be tested at a time.
Q: Is drug testing at home really that simple?
Yes, it is. All it takes is a few minutes with our rapid drug testing products.
Q: What do you mean by a rapid drug test?
A rapid drug test is a diagnostic test that very quickly gives you the results that show whether or not you have the presence of a specific drug in your body.
Q: Why should I use a rapid drug test?
You can use a rapid drug test to ensure privacy. This is very useful in a variety of situations – at home, school, place of work, pre-employment, after accidents, random testing for drugs, etc.
Q: Which drugs can be found with your tests?
Our tests can be used to determine the presence of the following drugs of abuse:
- Amphetamines (AMP)
- Barbiturates (BAR)
- Benzodiazepines (BZO)
- Cocaine (COC)
- Ecstacy (MDMA)
- Marijuana (THC)
- Methamphetamines (mAMP)
- Methadone (MTD)
- Morphine (MOP)
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
- Propoxyphene (PPX)
- Opiates (OPI)
- Oxycodone (OXY)
- Trycyclic Antidepressants (TCA)
Q: How do your rapid drug tests work?
Rapid drug tests detect the presence of drug metabolites in saliva or urine in minutes. When a detection strip is wetted with a saliva or urine specimen, the specimen reacts with the reagents and antigens on the strip and produces a color reading so you can interpret a positive or negative result.
Q: What is the difference between a Dip Card Test and an Integrated Cup Test?
The Dip Card is dipped into a urine specimen to obtain results. A cup is a convenient method of testing where the specimen is collected in the cup and tested there as well. There is no handling of the specimen.
Q: How accurate are your drug-testing products?
Our products are reliable. Our tests are United States FDA-cleared (unless stated otherwise). Laboratory testing has revealed that they are over 95% accurate. However, it is always advisable to get results confirmed by a laboratory.
Q: If I receive a positive drug test result, what should I do?
Confirm that it is indeed positive through a laboratory test.
Orders and Shipping
Q: Is there a minimum order that I must place?
No, but you could save by ordering in bulk — and save money on shipping. Since our products have a long shelf life, you can order them well in advance.
Q: What is the shelf life of your drug testing products?
The rapid drug test FDA-cleared products have a shelf life of at least 18 months from their manufacturing date. The expiration date is on every individual pack. Do not use beyond this date.
A comprehensive program for home use that not only discourages your children from using and abusing drugs, but actually increases communication within the family. We start with education about drug and alcohol abuse. Our program is a complete approach to educating the family and preventing drug abuse. Our business program is the perfect solution to employee drug testing for small businesses.
The Ultimate Dollar Store Deal: How Accurate Is a $1 Marijuana At-Home Drug Test?
Last week I attended a women’s networking event co-hosted by Leafly. Amid the autum-themed food spread and the decorative gourds were two marijuana drug test boxes that had been purchased at a dollar store near the University of Washington campus and were being displayed quite cheekily considering we were all attending a cannabis industry mixer. I wanted to perform a little experiment to see how accurate (if at all) these dollar store gems were, so Leafly kindly let me take both tests home so I could try them out.
I was curious to see if this “Made in Mexico” test would be accurate and easy to use. As a medicinal cannabis patient, I knew I should test positive for THC. However, I needed a “control” group so I wanted take one test myself and use the other test on somebody who I knew would not have THC in his or her system (which would negate the possibility of the test defaulting to “positive” as a gag regardless of whether or not the subject is a cannabis consumer).
The typo on the back of the box did not exactly inspire confidence.
Believe it or not, it turns out few people will volunteer to pee in a cup, even for “science.” I had to hunt a little but eventually I found the perfect candidate. My test subject was a new mom who has not consumed cannabis in years and was guaranteed to have no THC in her system.
I opened the box to find it only contained one simple little stick. You have to supply your own container to collect the urine like some sort of savage. A dollar won’t even get you a plastic container? Lame. The directions are printed on the inside of the box and while the pictures look different than the stick that was supplied, it was easy enough to figure out how to use it as directed.
The entire test in all its dollar store glory.
As expected, my test was positive, an outcome I hoped for (the irony of taking a drug test and hoping it would be positive was not lost on me). My friend’s test was invalid, making it a negative result.
This little test seems to detect THC in your urine but may read invalid or inconclusive when there is no THC in the urine. Overall, I think the At Home Drug Test Marijuana (the title really rolls off the tongue) is a total bargain if you happen to need to know this kind of information in 5 minutes, or if you’re bored on a Friday night and aren’t above urinating in a glass for entertainment’s sake.
Thank you to Leafly for facilitating this totally scientific experiment!
I was curious to see if this “Made in Mexico” at home marijuana drug test would be accurate and easy to use. As a medicinal cannabis patient, I knew I should test positive for THC.