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Collection Testing Techniques

At CleanFleet we want you to choose the collection testing technique that makes sense with your business needs. Below we provided a brief comparison of different drug testing collection methods so that it will be easier for you to choose.

Several techniques have been developed in the last few decades to trace the ever increasing drug abuse. Among these different drug testing techniques, three collection methods have been accepted widely in the drug testing industry.

These collection testing techniques are:


Drug Testing Basics

A drug test is a technical analysis of a biological specimen, for example urine, hair, oral fluid (saliva), etc, in order to determine the presence or absence of specified parent drugs or their metabolites.

All drugs, pharmaceutical and otherwise, undergo a series of bio-chemical reactions in the body. These reactions release the active compound and then gradually degrade the drug into slightly different structures. These structures, also called metabolites, are then excreted from the body in a variety of ways. Urine is the main excretory route for drugs and their metabolites.

Collection Testing Technique

Urine Testing Oral (Saliva) Testing Hair Testing
Detection Window 2 – 7 days 8 – 48 hours 7 – 90 days
Collection Time  10 min* possibly longer if didn’t provide enough sample 15 minutes 5 minutes
Turnaround Time 24-48 hours 24-72 hours 24-72 hours
Regulated HHS, DOT, NRC Pending HHS Pending HHS
Rapid Collections Available Yes No No
Drug Panel Types 5-Panel, 8-Panel 5-Panel, 8-Panel, 9-Panel, 10-Panel 5-Panel
Method Locations Entire Collection Network CleanFleet Clinics CleanFleet Clinics
Ideal Reason for Testing Suitable for all testing reasons Reasonable Suspicion & post-accident testing program Post-accident, reasonable suspicion, pre-employment, and random testing program
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