What's an instant drug test? What's a lab-based drug test?
An instant drug test is exactly as its name implies—you get the results right away, at the point where it's collected, usually within a few minutes. It's what we call an immunoassay screening; its purpose is to detect any presence of that category of drugs in the specimen. The result is either negative (it's not present) or non-negative (it is present). An instant drug test can't officially give a "positive" result.
Other names for instant testing are "point of care testing" (POCT) and rapid tests. An instant drug test typically uses urine or oral fluid (saliva) for the test specimen. The test usually screens for some combination of the following: amphetamine, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, marijuana, methadone, methamphetamine, opiates, oxycodone, PCP, and propoxyphene.
Both instant and lab-based urine tests have their purpose, and it is essential to know the differences when selecting which test to take. A urine drug test is the only method approved for federally mandated drug testing programs. If federal guidelines require you to be drug-tested, you must obtain a urine drug test.
For most cases, an instant urine drug test will be the most convenient and cost-effective option. Most employers and background screenings will accept a rapid urine drug test. Unlike a lab-based urine drug test that takes a few days to process, a urinalysis provides instant results from one of our locations. As soon as we have your sample, we can test it and immediately detect metabolites of any of the substances you have selected to test. This is an accurate way to get fast drug testing results.