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What is a mouth swab drug test?
A mouth swab drug test, also known as a saliva or oral fluid drug test, is one of the quickest and most commonly, preferred ways of getting drug tested. This drug test detects substance abuse that has occurred within the last few days, through measuring the levels of various substances, drugs or alcohol in a person’s system, strictly by swabbing the mouth.
This procedure involves taking saliva from the mouth, collecting it via a swab, which is placed between the cheek and lower jaw for about three minutes to absorb saliva. Because the test administrator is present for the test, altering the results is almost impossible. This test requires no preparation and collecting the sample is quick, making it an easy process for both the administrator and the person being tested. Once the test is analyzed, if the level of drug or alcohol is beyond a determined range, the test will show as positive for that substance.
How soon can drug usage be detected with a mouth swab drug test?
Mouth swab drug tests detect more recent drug usage activity than a urine test. A mouth swab drug test can detect if someone has used a drug typically within about 5-10 min, while, in comparison, a urine test would not be able to detect the drug until after about 2-5 hrs. Now it’s important to remember that drugs can be detected in saliva up to 72 hours after drug use, while in urine they can appear up to a week after consumption. This means that mouth swab drug testing is extremely useful if you’re trying to detect the most recent drug use.
The length of time that drugs are detected in a person’s saliva varies because of factors such as body mass, age and also if the person has used a particular substance more frequently than others.
Why use a mouth swab drug test?
Mouth swab drug tests are very simple to administer, and a medical professional is not even needed when performing this test. Additional security or surveillance is also not necessary since mouth swab drug tests can not be tampered with unlike urine drug tests. If someone has a “shy bladder,” a mouth swab drug test is a great way to still be able to perform a test and receive the results within minutes.
For the above reasons, mouth swab drug tests are ideal for a broad range of testing situations, including pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, rehabs, healthcare, universities, judicial system, prisons, and post-accident.
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