Adulteration Testing

Feb 27, 2017 0 Comments in addiction, urine drug testing by
Adulteration Testing

Urine Drug Testing to Identify Substance Abusers

Illegal drug abuse is a serious problem in the United States. Many health care providers and treatment centers use drug testing as a means to identify clients who are abusing illegal or prescription drugs.

Most drug screenings typically do not directly supervise in the specimen collection making it easier for people to try to beat drug testing. That’s why it’s essential to turn to National Laboratories to help identify any adulterated specimens.

Urine Drug Testing Cheat Sheet

Adulteration is the means of tampering with a biological specimen so that the drug testing will result in a false negative outcome. There are different means of adulteration including substituting the urine sample with a drug free specimen or purchasing synthetic urine. People might also drink a commercially available product to flush the drugs from their systems. Some might attempt to add an adulterant to the specimen after collection. If proof of adulteration is found, it must be documented and reported. No further actions are needed.

Advanced, Accurate Drug Screening

Because many adulterants will invalidate immunoassay screening tests, it becomes necessary for laboratories to step in to detect adulterated urine. National Laboratories runs each sample through multiple adulteration tests to ensure that every result we send to you is accurate and reliable. Here are some of the methods we use to detect adulteration.

Creatinine: National Laboratories will measure the amount of creatinine in a sample. If the creatinine level is below 20 mg/dL, this is a sign that the subject may have attempted to drink water or use a product to try to flush the drugs from their system. It can also detect false urine samples.

Specific Gravity: Urine has a specific gravity which can change if adulterants are added to the urine. National Laboratories measures the specific gravity of the samples, and can determine whether adulterants have been added as specific gravity will fall or rise due to these additions.

Sample PH: Urine typically has a pH that falls between 3 and 11. An unusual pH level will be a likely sign of adulteration.

Oxidants: Oxidants are commonly used to remove evidence of drug use from urine samples. National Laboratories will test samples for the presence of oxidants. A normal urine sample should not have any oxidants present.

Adulteration Testing for Results That You Can Trust

It is our specialty to detect substance abuse for health care providers and treatment centers. We have a knowledgeable staff, and the latest in drug testing technology. We provide low cost urine drug testing in a timely matter. We are committed to developing new procedures to detect additional adulterants as they become commonplace.

Urine testing is not foolproof, making adulteration testing an integral part of your drug testing process is necessary to ensure that you are receiving results that you can trust and rely on. Let National Laboratories help you in your efforts to keep your clients drug free. Call us at 877-304-5183 to find out how we can help you.

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