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All You Need To Know About Saliva Drug Test Kits

By Expert Author: Nate Rodney

Saliva drug test kits are devices that are used to detect illicit drug abuse using saliva as a test sample. Saliva test kits are easy to use, reliable and accurate. In this article, we discuss these kits briefly.

How to these kits work?

• A saliva test kit comprises a saliva sample collecting part and a test part. The test sample is collected in the collecting part. A sponge piece in this part has to be full with saliva.

• Make sure that the person who undergoes this test does not have any food or drink in mouth.

• Change in color occurs in test part of the kit if small amounts of drugs are there in the saliva.

Drugs detected using saliva drug test kits

You can use these kits to detect drugs in SAMHSA-5 group, namely, amphetamines (amphetamines, methamphetamines, speed), cannabinoids (marijuana, hash), cocaine (cocaine, crack, benzoylecognine), opiates (heroin, opium, codeine, morphine) and phencyclidine (PCP).

How is saliva drug test administered?

• Saliva is collected from the person by swabbing or spitting. The spit sample enables the test administrator to conduct the test multiple times.

• The saliva test can be administered at home (using a home kit), workplace or in a clinic. If it is conducted in a clinic, a swab is kept in mouth (under the tongue or between cheek and gums).

• The time length might be a few minutes until the swab collects enough saliva. Then, the swab is sent for clinical examination.

Who uses saliva tests?

Certain groups of users such as employers, law enforcing agencies, insurers and parents. We discuss each briefly.

• Employment screening

Employers use saliva drug tests as a pre-employment screening measure. It is important to note that under Federal government law, employers need to screen for each drug detected by saliva drug tests before placing the applicant in employment.

• Law enforcement

Police undertake testing on suspected drug abusers. Saliva tests are simple and convenient for the authorities to conduct. This helps them prevent accidents and resultant fatalities.

• Insurance medical checks

For insurers it is important to know the status of their prospects health. They charge higher premium for drug users because such people are a high risk group. Saliva testing helps insurers to determine the premium.

• Parents

Home saliva drug test kits are useful for parents who suspect their kids being under the influence of illicit substances. These kits rule out the need to go to a professional or a hospital. Parents can use these kits in the privacy of their home.

Pros and cons of saliva test kits

Pros

• Saliva drug test kits are non-invasive and convenient. They are easy to use and reliable, and do not need professional help.

• A single sample is enough to test for major drugs that are mentioned in a preceding paragraph.

• These kits show results fast - within a few minutes and are accurate.

• These kits are inexpensive. Therefore, they are useful for large scale use such as workplace drug testing done by employers.

Cons

• These kits cannot detect the presence of drugs in a person if the time is more than 24 hours of use of the drug.

Saliva drug test kits are made according SAMHSA cut-off norms and benefit all - employees, employers, parents and educational institution.

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