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Drug Testing Instructions

You have made a wise and caring decision to begin a drug-testing program in your home. A home drug-testing program sends a clear message that drug use will not be tolerated. We sincerely hope that this test will help to show that your teen is not on drugs. You need to spend some time planning how you will react if you do discover drug use. Don't forget that there are underlying reasons for drug use, and those reasons need to be discovered and dealt with. Seek the help of professionals, if needed, and be sure that you do not react in a way that will harm your relationship with your child. Whether the test is positive or negative, drug testing in the home needs to be ongoing. Kids change, peers change, and circumstances change. Your kids need to know that you will randomly test, and that they will never know when to expect a test. It really does give them an acceptable excuse to say 'no'. Educate yourself about drug use. Go to some of the links listed on our website and learn all that you can. Knowledge is the most powerful tool of all. If the child refuses the test, don't attempt to force them, or to threaten. At this point you should obtain professional help. Parenting teens is one of the greatest challenges any of us will ever face. Don't hesitate to seek professional help whenever the job starts looking too large. Many parents are facing the same problems that you are, and there is help available.


Drug Test Instructions

1. Have your teen urinate into a Dixie cup or similar clean, dry container. Do not ever "announce" when you will be testing. Even a short notice may allow a guilty teen to try to "beat" the test. Do not allow enough privacy for the specimen to be tampered with. Water, bleach, or any additive will void the test. You might even want to add food dye the toilet water. Stay close and don't be fooled! Smart kids will go to great lengths to try to cheat the test.


2. Store and use our tests at room temperature. Remove the test device from the sealed pouch and use it as soon as possible.


3. Remove the cap from the bottom of the test (the part that says Multi-Drug Screen Test). With arrows pointing toward the urine specimen, immerse the test panel vertically in the urine specimen for 10 seconds, and only up to the wavy blue lines. The urine will wick up into the test window. The urine should not touch the plastic part of the device.


4. The results should be read at 5 minutes. Do not interpret results after 10 minutes. Interpret results using the diagram below.


Reading The Results

All of the tests that we offer are easy to read and understand. Our 12-panel screens have test strips on the front and back of the panel; others may represent two drugs per strip. Each strip is clearly labeled (although you may need to magnify!). Every strip should have a clear line in the C (control) section, and each negative drug represented will have a line. If no line for that drug can be seen, the screening for that drug is considered positive. If there are two drugs per strip, they will be marked 1 and 2, and will be clearly labeled with the abbreviation for the drug family represented. Always verify any questionable result with a drug testing lab.


NEGATIVE - Two lines appear. One red line should be in the control region (C) and another apparent red or pink line should be in the test region (T). This negative result indicates that there are no detectable substances in that drug family. NOTE: The shade of red in the test region (T) may vary but it should be considered negative whenever there is even a faint pink line. If another colored band appears in the result window, this band indicates that the test is negative; a single control band indicates that the test is positive. A very faint second line also indicates that the test is negative. A possible exception is when the very faint line is the THC panel. It may be wise to test again soon.

POSITIVE: One red line appears in the control region (C). No line appears in the test region (T). This positive result indicates that the drug concentration is above the detectable level. 

INVALID: Control line fails to appear. Insufficient specimen volume, incorrect testing method, or reagents are not chemically active. It usually meant that the plastic got wet. Please contact us if this happens.


COC-Cocaine (coke, crack)

AMP-Amphetamines (speed)

MAMP-Methamphetamine (ice)

THC- (Marijuana, pot, weed)

OPI-Opiates (Heroin, Codeine)

BZO-Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium)

The additional drugs screened for on our 12 panel test (on the back side of the test ) include;


MDMA- Ecstasy

OXY- Oxycodone, Hydrocodone

PPX- Darvocet

BAR- Barbiturates

PCP- Angel Dust.

Please refer to our website for a more complete listing of these drug families. Only laboratory confirmation testing can determine the exact drug, or the approximate amount of the drug ingested.


Tobacco Test Instructions

1. Remove the test disk from the foil pouch, and place the room temperature test on a flat, dry surface.

2. Collect a urine sample into a Dixie cup or similar clean container.

3. Draw the urine sample into the pipette.

4. Holding the sample dropper above the test disk squeeze 3 drops of specimen into the sample well. The sample well is the smaller hole.

5. Interpret the test results in 5 minutes. Do not interpret the result after 10 minutes.



Interpretation of Results

1. As the test kits begin to work, a colored band will appear in the result window (the longer oval hole), to show that the control line is working properly.


2. If another colored band appears in the result window, this band indicates that the test is negative for tobacco products; a single control band indicates that the test is positive. A very faint second line also indicates that the test is negative.


Spice Test Instructions


1. Follow steps 1 and 2 under Drug Test Instructions.

2. Remove the cap from the bottom of the test. Dip the tip of the strip into the urine specimen for 15 seconds. The urine will wick up to the test window. The urine sample should not touch the plastic part of the device.

3. The results should be read at 5 minutes. Do not interpret results after 10 minutes. See the diagram to the left to read the results.


Alcohol Test Instructions

Just follow the instructions on the package. Alcohol dissipates at the rate of about one ounce per hour (5 drinks=positive 5 hours), so you need to test soon after consuming alcohol. Make sure there is nothing in your teen's mouth for 15 minutes prior to the test. Additional info can be found on our website.


Frequently Asked Questions


How long after using tobacco can a cotinine test detect tobacco use?

It depends on how much tobacco the individual uses per day. Tobacco use might be detected for one to three days after stopping smoking or dipping, or for a person who smokes very little. A heavy user may continue to show the presence of tobacco use for up to two weeks after stopping.


What happens if my teen says that the test is wrong?

These tests promise over 99% accuracy. These are the same tests used by law enforcement and by employers. Expect a positive result on that panel if your child takes a prescribed medication that is on the test. Confirmation testing should be done if there is any question about the results.


My child refused the test. What do I do?

I would assume that the test was positive and take whatever measures you would have taken if you had actually performed the test. A teen that is "clean" should be willing to prove it to you.


Will exposure to passive marijuana smoke result in a positive marijuana test?

Perhaps the most common excuse for a positive marijuana test is, "I was around some people who were smoking pot." Research has shown, however, that casual exposure to marijuana smoke will not produce a positive test.


How long will it take for my child to begin to test negative for THC if he stops smoking marijuana?

A heavy marijuana user might test positive for up to six weeks. Many factors determine how long a particular drug can be detected in a person. More specific information (a quantitative number) can be obtained through lab testing. In some cases this is needed to make sure that the level is continually dropping. Details on drug detection times can be found in the 'Parent Education" section of our website.  


My child’s test was negative, but I still have a bad feeling. What should I do?

Trust your instincts as a parent! No test will detect every possible drug that a teen could use. Parental radar is often very accurate. Do not ignore your bad feelings. Consult your family physician or call a reputable local drug treatment center.

Testing Tips

Drug testing should always be random. Telling your child that you will drug screen is important in letting them know that you will do all that you can to ensure their health and safety. However, it is best not to let them know when the screening will occur, so there is less chance of tampering with the sample. There are many products on the market that claim to alter results, but they need to be ingested a short time before the test is given. If you let your child know he will be drug tested next week, then he will know he can get drunk or high tonight, because it might be out of his system by then. One of the statements we have heard from drug users is, "after my parent's drug test me, I go out and get high because I know I won't be tested for at least a week."


We urge you to occasionally take a urine sample from your child on Friday night, and then test them again on Sunday or Monday morning to get an accurate sample that truly measures if he is using drugs at the time. If your teen has even a short notice, a true drug user may have ways to get around the test. If they say they "can't go", keep them in the room with you until they are ready to produce a specimen. Drinking large amounts of water can dilute the test.


Another way your child might tamper with the drug test is to use a friend's urine. The specimen should be body temperature. They could tamper with the test by adding water, bleach, or various other products to the urine sample. Therefore, it is important you witness your child while giving the specimen. Try not to be too invasive, just make sure that they don't get an opportunity to trick you. Many parents even add dye to the toilet water when testing, or send them behind the shower curtain so the parent can hear the urine hit the cup.


It is important not confront a child who appears to be actively under the influence. Additionally, most drugs need to be metabolized for several hours to be detected in the urine. Normally it is best to wait until the outward effect of the substance wears off; the following morning is generally a good time. If he avoids the situation, makes up excuses, or refuses to give a sample, there is a high probability of drug use.


Please refer to our website or questions about detection times and available resources. Please call us with any questions or concerns.


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Oratect Oral Fluid Drug Screen Instructions- this test is only used to detect drug use within the past 24 hours.

Specimen Collection and Handling

IMPORTANT: At least 10 minutes prior to administering the test, instruct the donor not to eat, drink, smoke or chew tobacco products.

Test Procedure

1. Remove the test device from the sealed pouch.
2. Carefully remove the blue cap by holding the sides and pull gently. This 
will expose the collection pad.
3. Ensure that the blue line is present in each test window.
4. The oral fluid collection process must be observed. Instruct the donor to hold the top portion of the device (above the test windows).
5. When placing device into the mouth, keep head level.

  1. Open mouth and rub the collection pad inside mouth against one cheek gently in a circular motion several (approximately 15-20) times. (Fig. b)

  2. Still keeping head level, gently rub the collection pad against the opposite cheek in a circular motion (approximately 15-20) several times. (Fig. b)

Gently rub the collection pad against each cheek several (approximately 15- 20) times. 

      c. Rub the collection pad on top of the tongue several times and then underneath the tongue several (approximately 15-20)           times.  Do not chew, suck, bite or bend the collection pad.

Invalid Results
When no band appears in the control (C) region, the test is invalid regardless of the results in the test region. If the test is invalid, check testing procedures. Repeat the test using a new device. In Fig. g below, the test is invalid because there are no bands in the control regions.

Remove the device from mouth as soon as the blue lines start moving at both test windows.

Note: The flow of the blue lines should appear in the test windows within 5 minutes. If no flow is observed after 5 minutes in the mouth, discard the device, review procedures 4-7 above with the donor and repeat the test using a new device.

Re-cap the device, lay it on a flat surface and read results in approximately 5 minutes after removing device from mouth. Do not read results after 15 minutes.

Interpreting Test Results

Negative Results

For each of the test windows, purple-red colored bands should be observed; one band at the control region (C) and one band at the specific drug abbreviation (e.g. AM, OP, CO) in the test region. 

The color of the test band may be slightly darker or lighter than the control band. Any band that can be seen visually, no matter how faint, is a negative result. Read each test independently. Do not compare color intensity of one test to another.

Quality Control Internal control: The Oratect Oral Fluid Drug Screen Device provides a built-in control bands in each window at the control regions (C) to indicate that the test has performed properly. These control bands should always appear regardless of the presence of drugs. The flow of the blue lines indicates that a sufficient amount of oral fluid has been collected. The presence of the purple-red bands in the control regions verifies that proper flow was obtained. If the control bands do not appear, the test device should be discarded.

Presumptive Positive Results

When the control band is visible in the control region (C) and no band or shadow band appears at the specific test region, the result is a presumptive positive for that particular drug.