Drug screenings are a very common part of pre-employment physicals and workplace safety. If you are an employer, employee, or prospective employee who requires drug screening services, we would be pleased to provide that to you at SoCal Urgent Care in Anaheim, California. To give you a better idea of what drug screenings entail, we have answered some common questions about drug screening below.
What happens during a drug screening?
During a drug screening, a nurse or lab technician will collect a sample of your blood, urine, hair, saliva, or sweat to analyze for one or more illegal, prescription, or recreational drugs. As such, different things will happen at a drug screening depending on the type of drug test used and the particular drug being screened.
A drug screening will occur at a medical facility or workplace with a testing lab on site with that in mind. Before the sample is collected, the nurse or lab technician will help you prepare for the collection, which could involve cleaning the area where the sample will be taken, informing you on how they will collect the sample, or directing you to a private room where you can produce a urine sample.
For a urine sample, the most common drug screen, the general instructions once you are in the private room are to wash your hands and genital area, begin urinating into the toilet, move the collection container under the urine stream, and collect at least one or two ounces of urine into the container. After you have finished urinating into the toilet and cleaned up, you can return the sample container to the medical provider or lab technician. You will be asked to wait patiently as the sample is analyzed, which should only take a few minutes.
What is the difference between a drug test and a drug screen?
In general, the difference between a drug test and a drug screen is that a drug test has a much more involved process than a drug screen. As such, drug tests typically take longer to get results and are more expensive than drug screens. On the other hand, drug tests usually produce more accurate results.
How long does a drug screening take?
Whereas a drug test can take one to seven days before you receive the results from the test, drug screenings provide test results within minutes. As such, the drug screening process should only take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete, which includes preparation time and the time it takes to collect the sample and analyze the results.
What do drug screenings look for?
Drug screenings look for the presence of one or more illegal, prescription, or recreational drugs. As such, depending on the particular drug screen, a drug screening can look for any of the following drugs and substances:
- Amphetamines, such as methamphetamine or MDMA,
- Barbiturates, including phenobarbital or secobarbital
- Hallucinogens, such as LSD or psilocybin
- Opioids, such as codeine, fentanyl, heroin, hydrocodone, morphine, or oxycodone
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
What is the most common pre-employment drug screen?
The most common type of pre-employment drug screen is a urinalysis, also known as a urine screening. Most urine screenings look for evidence of alcohol, amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, and opiates or opioids. Urine screens are popular for the low cost and low-maintenance collection process.
For more information about drug screening or an appointment with us at SoCal Urgent Care, we welcome you to give us a call, schedule an appointment through our website, or visit our clinic at 710 South Brookhurst St, in Anaheim, California, for a walk-in appointment. We serve patients from Anaheim CA, Buena Park CA, La Palma CA, Cerritos CA, Cypress CA, Stanton CA, Garden Grove CA, Fullerton CA, Placentia CA, and Olive CA.