What Is Specimen Validity Testing?
Workplace drug testing today has dramatically changed since the early 1970’s, along with the types of illicit drugs available to the general public, many laboratories are including specimen validity testing when analyzing urine specimens at the laboratory level.
In recent years, it has been a common practice for illicit drug users to attempt to beat (cheat) a drug test. It is also important to understand that as testing methods and technology advances, individuals will continue to find new and creative ways to cheat a urine drug test.
Current trends in attempting to cheat a drug test is Synthetic urine. Many individuals purchase these items with an optimism of attempting to avoid a positive drug test result.
With this influx and the attempts to beat a urine drug test by utilizing synthetic urine products such as UPassTM, Quick Fix®, and Xtream® has attracted the attention of various state lawmakers.
Currently there are several states including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, which have pending legislation banning the use and sale of synthetic urine.
There are many choices when choosing a laboratory to perform drug testing analysis, but we recommend utilizing a laboratory which provides specimen validity testing in conjunction with Medical Review Officer (MRO) verification to ensure that a urine drug test specimen is human and has not been tampered with.
Coastal Drug Testing utilizes only SAMHSA Certified Laboratories for all incoming specimens, which include specimen validity testing as part of their drug testing procedure and analysis.