Drugs of Abuse Testing Overview

Drug screening is usually performed on urine or oral fluid samples. Drug screening is commonly performed with automation or point of care testing. These drugs of abuse screening methods are designed to determine specimen validity as well as to assess drug levels at specified cut offs based on guidelines established through scientific studies performed to determine the concentration at which a drug in urine or oral fluid is considered abused.

For more information, please click on the links below to learn about urine testing, oral fluid testing, specimen validity testing, automated drug testing, or SAMHSA guidelines.

Urine Testing

Urine drugs of abuse tests are the most commonly used and a practical way to monitor and detect a person’s drug use. Learn more about urine testing, different types of urine and drugs of abuse testing methods.

Oral Fluid Testing

Oral fluid is one of the fastest growing matrices used in drug of abuse testing. Learn more about oral fluid testing and how it fits into your current laboratory workflows for workplace testing.

Specimen Validity Testing

Specimen validity tests (SVT) are used on a urine specimen to detect for substitution, adulteration, or dilution. Learn how testing for creatinine, specific gravity, pH and oxidizing agents can assess for tampered specimens during drug of abuse screening.

Automated Drug Testing

Automated drug testing integrates all steps involved in monitoring drug use – from sample collection and tracking to testing and results reporting. Learn how automated drug testing can fit into your drug testing workflow.

SAMHSA Guidelines

Learn more about the guidelines provided by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and Administration) and what this means to your drug testing programs.