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Laboratory-Based Drug and Alcohol Testing

Standard Urine Testing for Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Drug testing

Urine testing, one of the most common screening methods, is an accurate and reliable way to detect casual drug use that occurred within the past 72 hours. Testing is performed at all six Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-certified laboratories. Globallab offers a variety of test panels and cutoff levels in addition to the federally mandated (SAMHSA/DOT) five-drug panel.

Our standard urine specimen five-drug panel and nine panel screens for the presence of the following drugs and drug classes:

Five -Panel:

Drug Group EIA Screen Cutoff* (ng/mL**) GC/MS Cutoff*(ng/mL**)
Amphetamines 1,000 500
Cocaine 300 150
Marijuana 50 15
Opiates 2,000 2,000
Phencyclidine (PCP) 25 25

    * These are standard cutoff levels; alternate cutoff levels may be available.
    ** Nanograms per milliliter; the above cutoff levels, list of analytes and test methodologies are subject to change when required by applicable government regulations or guidelines.

Nine-Panel

Drug Group EIA Screen Cutoff* (ng/mL**) GC/MS Cutoff*(ng/mL**)
Amphetamines 1,000 500
Cocaine 300 150
Marijuana 50 15
Opiates 2,000 2,000
Phencyclidine (PCP) 25 25
Barbiturates 300 300
Barbiturates 300 200
Benzodiazepines 300 200
Methadone 300 200
Propoxyphene 300 200

    * These are standard cutoff levels; alternate cutoff levels may be available.
    ** Nanograms per milliliter; the above cutoff levels, list of analytes and test methodologies are subject to change when required by applicable government regulations or guidelines.

Alcohol testing

Offered as laboratory-based urine tests, our alcohol tests provide rapid, accurate, reliable results.

The Healthcare Professional Profile

Comprehensive testing of healthcare professionals for highly addictive prescription drugs

Because of the potential of drug abuse by healthcare workers and the immense liability it brings to your organization, Globallab has developed a comprehensive panel of tests for drugs that are readily accessible to professionals in the healthcare industry.

Physician impairment is a major concern for the profession and society as a whole. Despite their knowledge and training, medical professionals are just as at risk to substance abuse as is the general population. Drug abuse by medical professionals can result in loss of careers, risk to patient care and deterioration of family life.

The Healthcare Professional Profile (HPP) tests for a variety of prescribed drugs that currently pass undetected in conventional testing profiles of street drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine and amphetamines. The initial screening of the comprehensive Healthcare Professional Profile is performed using immunoassay technology (specifically EIA and ELISA) for all analytes. This technology affords rapid turnaround times. Screening for any additional drugs not included in the comprehensive Healthcare Professional Profile (HPP-I) will be performed using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) technology.

Using the HPP from Globallab, you can:

  • Detect the abuse of available narcotics and sedatives in healthcare facilities
  • Reduce employee turnover due to drug abuse
  • Limit your liability by protecting your patients from impaired healthcare professionals
  • Reduce long-term costs to your facility caused by employee inefficiency
  • Maintain a high quality of patient care by deterring employees from taking these drugs and providing placebos to patients
  • Help reduce absenteeism, injuries, mistakes and theft

The HPP is suitable for pre-employment, post-accident, random and for-cause screening for:

  • Employers
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Pharmacies
  • Other licensed professional organizations

Steroid and Athletic Drug Testing

Over the past decade, anabolic steroid abuse and the use of other performance-enhancing drugs has become a national concern. Androgenic-anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs are banned by major amateur and professional sports authorities. They are classified as Schedule III controlled substances in the United States.

Globallab' steroid testing detects more than 20 different anabolic agents (and their metabolites) commonly used by bodybuilders, distance runners and other athletes.

These steroid panels also include testing for masking agents (e.g., probenecid, a marginally effective drug used for blocking the urinary excretion of some steroids). In addition, our comprehensive sports testing panels test for other performance-enhancing drugs, including stimulants, narcotics, beta-blockers and diuretics, that may be abused by athletes. These panels utilize gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) technology for drug identification and confirmation.

Additional information and educational materials regarding steroids and other illicit drugs are available at:

Specimen Validity Testing

Adulterants are foreign substances either ingested or added directly to a urine specimen to prevent the detection of drug use. Promoted as "cleansing agents," these substances range from everyday household items to specific chemical additives easily obtained through the Internet.

Globallab offers adulterant testing, a way to keep drugs, and the substances that can alter test results, out of the workplace. When you request TestSure, we'll screen the specimen for a variety of adulterant compounds by using state-of-the-art secondary testing methods. The results are provided to the medical review officer or the customer for interpretation.

When adulterant testing is requested, every specimen will be screened for the following compounds. When adulterants are identified, they will be confirmed using state-of-the-art secondary testing methods prior to reporting the results to you.

1. Common household products that may affect test results

    Acid, ammonia, lye and vinegar: These products affect urine pH, which is a measure of whether the specimen is abnormally acidic or basic. These products may interfere with the initial (screening) test.
    Bleach: May interfere with the initial (screening) test.

2. Common products that may be used as a specimen substitute

    Lemonade, soft drinks, sports drinks and water: Donors sometimes attempt to substitute these products for their urine sample or may drink large quantities of these fluids in an attempt to dilute their urine. By measuring and reporting creatinine and specific gravity, you or your medical review officer will have additional information to assess the validity of the urine specimen.

3. Chemical additives that may affect test results

    Chemicals such as glutaraldehyde (UrinAid), nitrite (Klear' Whizzies), chromates (Pyridine, Urine Luck' Instant Clean ADD-IT-ive') and halogens: These products are available through multiple sources, including the Internet, for the purpose of preventing a standard drug test from detecting the use of drugs. Glutaraldehyde affects the drugs tested in the initial (screening) test. Nitrite, chromate, halogens and other oxidizing adulterants may negate the initial and/or confirmatory tests for marijuana and morphine/heroin. This effect is dependent on both the concentration added to the urine sample and the length of time the product has been in the urine.

4. Prescription drugs that may affect test results

    Some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., Tolectin'): These prescription drugs may interfere with the initial (screening) test. When this occurs, the specimen is automatically tested using an alternate screening methodology for the five standard drug classes (amphetamines, cocaine, THC (50), opiates (2,000) and phencyclidine).

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