Rapid Drug Test Vs Lab Drug Test

Posted: Jul, 8th 2021


Choosing the right type of drug test for your company can be a difficult decision. There are a few basic questions you should ask before choosing the right product. What information do you want as a result of the test? Are you wanting just a positive or negative result to screen potential new employees? Do your employees participate in safety sensitive functions while completing job requirements? Do you have drivers with commercial driver licenses that have mandated requirements under the Department of Transportation? Answering these questions will help you choose which product is right for your company and employees.

If you have employees who perform safety sensitive functions or have a CDL than a lab test with a split specimen and federally mandated cutoffs is the right product.

If you are looking for a less expensive way to screen potential employees or possibly student testing; a rapid product might be the most cost effective choice. A rapid drug test can yield only a positive or negative result based on the presence of the metabolites of different drugs. False positives can occur with a rapid drug test and the only way to confirm if it is a false positive or an actual positive test is to send the sample off to the laboratory for further testing. A laboratory drug test has cutoff levels for all drug tests that indicate if a substance has been used in a therapeutic form or there is a misuse of a substance. For example, certain prescriptions or over the counter medicines could have trace elements of metabolites of certain drugs that may trigger a “positive” result on a rapid test but the same test may be considered “negative” by the lab due to the amount being below the cutoff levels.

There is a lot of information on the web or on different sites that may indicate one type of test over another. If you would like to find out more information about specific cutoff levels; we have experts who can help guide you through the decision making process for which product is right for your business or school.