Choosing the right drug test is about choosing a test that is reliable and accurate, but is also easy to use, comprehensive and comes from credible and proven suppliers and suitable for your needs.
Below are what we use and recommend and a summary of each drug test pro's and con's.
The best drug kit is the drug test kit that works.
And for us, that has been the CUP Drug Tests. They are individually foil packaged with expiry dates. Our preference is for the 14-panel drug tests to make sure we have the most comprehensive drug test range - in our opinion, it's better to test once and check as many drugs as possible.
The CUP tests come with a built in thermometer to ensure the temperature of the sample is correct and nothing has been added and the results take only 5-minutes and are very easy to read. The tests are sensitive and accurate and provide an excellent indicative test of drug use.
Lastly, the tests are fully FDA and CE-Certified, which means the test have been approved for use in USA and Europe.
Each drug test is sealed in an individual airtight pouch and features a leak resistant cup and lid design.
Comprehensive drug test for multiple drugs at the same time means you will get an complete assessment of what drugs may be present.
The Cup drug test is a convenient form factor for both male and female subjects with a minimum sample level and no risk of over-sampling. Easy peel label to view results.
Cup tests take 5-minutes to provide reliable and accurate and easy to read drug test results.
Each cup has a built-in urine temperature strip to ensure that the sample is in within range and reduces risk or being "tainted".
FDA (USA) and CE-certification (EU) and CLIA waived means that our products conform with worldwide health, safety, and environmental protection standards
Saliva drug tests are somewhat comparable to urine drug tests in terms of accuracy. Where they differ is in how the tests work, detection times for certain drugs, ease-of-use and they are more "tamper resistant".
Saliva tests can detect drug use that has been extremely recent, whereas urine tests require the drugs to have passed through your system to register a positive test. This has it's pro's and con's. For example, someone taking oral drugs may show up in a few hours in saliva test, but 24-hours for a urine test. Conversely, THC (from cannabis) may show up in a few hours in a saliva test and take longer for a urine test, but will not be detectable in saliva after 12-hours, but will be detectable in urine for up to 30-days.
Because of the small and rapid detection window, oral tests are more likely to indicate for chronic daily drug users. But the limited detection window is also its drawback. The oral can test only detect drug use that as happened within the past couple of days. Drugs stay in urine longer.
With an oral fluid test, it’s much harder to alter the results or “cheat” the test. Since urine testing requires privacy, it is easier for an individual to give an "adulterated sample". In addition, some people drink extra fluids or take "supplements" to dilute their sample in hopes of skewing the results. Since acquiring an oral fluid sample doesn’t require privacy, it is supervised. In addition, saliva tests aren’t as easily responsive to adulterants.
One problem that we have experienced in oral tests, is due to the nature of some drugs, the subject cannot produce enough saliva sample for a successful test. Also, making sure the subject releases enough saliva on the collection pad to make the test work correctly is difficult to tell - this is the single biggest reason why oral drug tests fail.
When it comes to weighing up the benefits of oral fluid vs. urine drug testing, both tests are accurate, but with differing drug detection windows, ease of use and ease of alteration.
We use both tests at different times - using the oral test to see what a subject has recently used, and a urine test to get a more accurate assessment of what they have previously been using. We offer a combination of oral and urine tests so you can do the same.
We still prefer the CUP test as a more comprehensive, sensitive and accurate drug test.
Drug test DIP tests are widely used and offer an accurate and reliable drug test, from a single panel test to a 14-panel drug test. The DIP test are as accurate as the CUP tests as they use the same panel testing technology and cover the same drugs as the CUP test, producing a comparable result. DIP tests also provide a result in 5-minutes.
However, the reasons we prefer CUP tests is because the DIP tests require the tester to handle an open cup of urine, and physically dip the test strip into the urine. No one wants to smell or risk getting urine on them. The DIP tests also do not have a temperature panel to reduce the chance of test tampering.
DIP tests also require having a "single use" sterile plastic cups on hand to do the test.
So, whilst the DIP tests may be useful for specific drug test, and may be slightly less expensive, the CUP test, in our opinion is a much better, self contained option, offering same test reliability.