Why Use Urine Test Cups?
For ease of use and minimal handling of urine samples, instant integrated urine drug test cups are a great alternative to other urine drug test kits. These instant urine test kits have the tests integrated right into the cups. You simply initiate a mechanism like pushing a button or turning a key and the tests are performed automatically, providing you with accurate results right away.
For a more cost-effective instant drug testing device, we also have dip cards available. You simply dip the cards into the sample and receive instant drug testing results. Either type of urine test device you choose will yield reliable, instant results with minimal training.
Frequently Asked Questions About Urine Drug Test Kits
- What do drug testing urine screens do?
Urine drug test kits come in multiple panel options and provide preliminary results for the detection of one or more drugs.
- What is a cut-off level?
The cut-off level is the specified concentration of a drug in a urine sample. Above that concentration the test is considered positive, and below that concentration it is considered negative.
- What are drugs of abuse?
Examples of drugs of abuse include marijuana, cocaine, opiates, heroin, amphetamines, ecstasy or MDMA, and phencyclidine. Prescription drugs, such as morphine, codeine or other painkillers may also be abused.
- What are some common street names for drugs?
Drug Street Name
Amphetamines: Speed, Amp, Bennie, Chalk, Black Beauties
Cocaine: Big C, Coke, Snow, Flake, Candy, Crack, Blow, Rock
Methamphetamines: Crystal, Meth, Ice, Glass
MDMA: Ecstasy, E, Adam, XTC, X
Opiates: Heroin, H, Hairy hombre, horse, Jones, Scag
Marijuana (THC): Pot, Weed, Herb, Bud, MJ, Doobie, Reefer, Grass joint, Homegrown, Spliff
Phencyclidine: Angel dust, Hog, Killer Weed
- How long can the drugs be detected in urine?
The following are guidelines only. The times can vary significantly from these estimates depending on how long the person has been taking the drug, amount of drug they use and/or the person’s metabolism.
Drug Detection Time Minimum Maximum
Amphetamines/ Methamphetamines (Speed/Uppers) 4-6 hours 2-3 days
Cocaine (Crack) 2-6 hours 2-3 days
Heroin (Opiates) 2-6 hours 1-3 days
Marijuana (Pot) 1-3 hours 3-30 days
Phencyclidine (Angel Dust/PCP) 4-6 hours 7-14 days
- How accurate are these drug test kits?
These tests are quite sensitive to the presence of drugs in the urine. This means that if drugs are present, you will usually get a preliminary positive result. If you get a preliminary positive result, you should send the urine sample to the laboratory for a second, more accurate test.
You can send the urine sample to the lab for confirmation for preliminary positive results to ensure that no cross reactivity has occurred. Drug screening results may give positive results when no drugs are actually present. Certain foods, food supplements, beverages, diet pills, or over-the-counter medicines can cause a reaction with the tests. Laboratories use a very reliable test, with very few errors, to determine whether or not your sample contains drug metabolites.
Many things can affect the accuracy of this test, including but not limited to:
- The way the test was performed
- The way you stored the test or urine
- What the person ate or drank before taking the test
- Any prescription or over-the-counter drugs the person may have taken before the test
- If the test results are negative, can you be sure that the person did not take drugs?
No. There are several factors that can make the test results negative even though the person is using drugs, including:
- Testing for the wrong drugs
- Testing at a time when the drug has not been metabolized in the urine – it takes time for drugs to appear in the urine after a person takes them, and they do not stay in the urine indefinitely; you may have collected the urine too soon or too late
- The person knowingly added something to the urine to prevent it from reacting with the test chemicals (adulteration)
- The chemicals in the test strips went bad because they were stored incorrectly or they passed their expiration date
If you get a negative result, but still suspect drug abuse, you can test again at a later time. You should also consider testing for other types of drugs. Talk to your doctor if you need more help deciding what steps to take next.
- What is false positive result?
A false positive result is a screening test reading positive when the drug or drug metabolite is not present or its concentration is less than the cutoff level.
- What does preliminary positive mean?
The multi-drug urine test is a screening test. It is the first step in a two-step process. Screening tests are not as accurate as laboratory test. It is possible to get a positive result when the person did not take drugs. For example, some medications and certain foods may cause the screening tests to incorrectly read positive. Things such as diet pills, inhalers and cough syrup can cause a false positive result. You consult with your doctor to better understand how medications may interfere with this test.
- Does a positive on a drug test kit always mean that you have found drugs of abuse?
No, it’s best to wait until you get the laboratory’s result. Remember that many factors may cause a false positive result in the home test. It is important to send any sample showing positive results to the laboratory for further evaluation.
- What if the lab test confirms a positive result?
The lab uses very accurate and reliable equipment to run the tests. If the lab reports a positive result, it means the drug was present in the urine sample. But do not assume the urine sample came from a drug abuser. Consider all amphetamine results carefully, even those from the lab. Some prescribed medications contain amphetamines that cannot be distinguished from illegally abused amphetamines. If you received a positive result and you do not believe the test, consult your doctor. They have your medical history and they can provide you with detailed information.
If a positive result was confirmed, consult you doctor to identify counselors who will help you. You can also contact one of the resources listed below for help.