Frequently Asked Questions2021-03-23T17:04:01+10:00

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Frequently Asked Questions

At Australia Drug Testing we are here to support you with all your drug and alcohol testing kits. We provide the very best products at the very best price. Below are the most common questions but please feel free to call us if would like to discuss anything further. Feel free to email us at [email protected] or call us at 1800 187 238.

What Can Affect Results?2020-10-18T21:40:43+10:00

The recent consumption of alcohol may lead to a high initial result due to “mouth alcohol”. If this is suspected, wait 10-15 minutes for the mouth alcohol to dissipate then re-test.

Mouthwash may also give a similar result and the same procedure should be followed.

Can You Beat A Breathalyser?2020-10-18T21:40:33+10:00

There are many things on the internet that mislead people into thinking that tests can be beaten, but in reality, if the device is calibrated to Australian Standards then fooling the device is almost impossible.

How Accurate Are Passive Breathalysers?2020-10-18T21:40:20+10:00

Passive breathalysers only deliver what is called “qualitative” result. They provide a written qualification as to whether alcohol is present of not. They do not measure accuracy. For an accurate result, you need a “quantitative” breathalyser (operating in Standard mode using a mouthpiece). A breathalyser operating in “Standard mode” with a mouthpiece analyses the subject’s deep lung air sample and quantifies the result as a numeric blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reading.

Why Is A Breathalyser The Best Test To Use To Detect Alcohol?2020-10-18T21:40:12+10:00

Just like drugs, consuming alcohol in the workplace can be a dangerous situation. Using a high quality device calibrated to Australian Standards, like the Alcolizer KY8300, ensures that the test is accurate. The only other method to determine blood alcohol level is through drawing a person’s blood and having a laboratory analyse it. This is quite an invasive and complicated scenario. Instead, using a portable breathalyser will give you a reliable test with ease.

How Do I Read the Lines On A Drug Test?2020-10-18T21:31:32+10:00
  • A CONTROL Line should always appear as proof the test has worked, and that the sample is suitable for testing.
  • No line on the test area is POSITIVE (or non-negative). We advise that you send this sample to the lab for further testing.
  • Any line, no matter how faint, on the test area is a NEGATIVE result. (See faint lines information.)
  • It is normal for lines to develop at different rates, and have different intensities.
  • A negative result can appear in under a minute.
  • To read a positive result you will need to wait the full five minutes before reading the results.
  • Tests should not be read after 10 minutes.
What Are The Major Drug Groups That A Standard Urine Drug Testing Kit Detects?2020-10-18T21:31:50+10:00
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol THC (marijuana)
  • Methamphetamine (“ice”, ecstasy)
  • Amphetamines (“speed”)
  • Cocaine
  • Benzodiazepines 
  • Opiates/Morphine (derivatives of the opium poppy including heroin, morphine, codeine)
Is There Anything That Can Interfere With The Alco-Screen Results?2020-10-05T00:06:57+10:00

The following substances may interfere with the Alco-Screen™ stick when using samples other than saliva:

Agents that may enhance color development:

  • Peroxides
  • Strong Oxidizers

Agents that may inhibit color development:
Reducing Agents:

  • Ascorbic acid
  • Tannic Acid
  • Pyrogallol
  • Mercaptans and tosylates
  • Bilirubin
  • L-dopa
  • L-methyldopa
  • Methampyrone

The above-named substances do not normally appear in sufficient quantity in saliva to interfere with the test. However, care must be taken that they are not introduced into the mouth during the 15 minute period preceding the test.

What Are The Alco-Screen Limitations?2020-10-05T00:05:33+10:00

Failure to wait 15 minutes after placing food, drink, or other materials in the mouth before running the test can provide erroneous results due to possible contamination of the saliva by interfering substances.

Alco-Screen™ is designed and calibrated to be interpreted two minutes after saturation of the reactive pad. Waiting longer than two minutes may result in erroneous results or false positive results.

Alco-Screen™ may be used to detect the presence of alcohol in fluids other than saliva. However, when used in this manner, the color chart on the package does not apply. If alcohol is present in the fluid, a color change ranging from a light green-gray to black to brown will occur as the alcohol concentration increases. Little or no color change may occur with pure alcohol due to the absence of water which is required for
the color change reaction. When testing beverages to determine whether they contain an intoxicating amount of alcohol, a result should not be considered positive unless the pad changes to a very dark brown or black.

Alco-Screen™ is highly sensitive to the presence of alcohol. Alcohol vapors in the air are sometimes detected by the Alco-Screen™. Alcohol vapors are often present in many institutions and homes. Alcohol is a component in many household products such as disinfectants, deodorizers, and glass cleaners. If the presence of alcohol vapors is suspected, the test should be performed in an area known to be free of these vapors (such as outside).

What Are Limitations When Working With Detection Periods?2020-10-02T14:21:13+10:00

When using detection periods you also need to keep in mind that there are limitations to the accuracy of time specified. As such, detection periods should be used as a guide. Some limitations that may alter a person’s detection period include:

  • Everybody is different – no two metabolic rates, age, and general health are the same thus their bodies will show different consumption concentrations.
  • Different consumption methods – by consuming a drug orally compared to injection can lead to different concentration levels within the body.
  • Different consumption quantities – the frequency and the quantity of a drug can also affect how long the drug will expel from your system.
  • Cut-off levels vary – Cut-off levels vary within Countries and Organisations. If your cut-off levels are lower then it will take longer to dispel the drug from your body and vice versa.
What Are Cut-Off Levels?2020-10-02T14:18:22+10:00

Cut-off levels are defined as the level of concentration of a drug above a specified level in a drug test. It is when this concentration level is above the cut-off level that the test is deemed positive and should be sent to a testing laboratory for further testing. 

The cut-off levels can vary from country to country. When setting up their Drug and Alcohol Policies businesses may also specify their own cut-off level. For this reason, it is important to ensure that the drug testing kit has your required cuff-off level. Otherwise, you are paying for a drug testing kit that uses a different cut-off level then your policy allows.

What Is A Detection Period?2020-10-02T14:16:15+10:00

There is a period of time in which, after consuming a drug, that if tested a drug can be detected. This is called the detection period. Blood, saliva, urine, and hair are used to conduct a drug analysis test. The detection period for each of these testing methods varies.

Substance Class Substance Method of Consumption Examples of Proprietary or Street Names Medical Uses Period of Detection in Urine Period of Detection in Saliva
Stimulant Amphetamine Injected, smoked, oral, sniffed Dexamphetamine Black Beauties, Crosses, Hearts Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obesity, narcolepsy 1-3 days 12 hours
Stimulant Cocaine Injected, smoked, sniffed Coke, Crack, Flake, Rocks, Snow Local anaesthetic, vasoconstrictor not available for medical use in Australia 0.5-3 days 2-5 days
Stimulant Methyl-amphetamine Injected, oral, smoked, sniffed Crank, Crystal, Glass, Ice, Speed ADHD, obesity, narcolepsy not available for medical use in Australia 1-3 days 1-3 days
Hallucinogens and Other Compounds LSD Oral Acid, Microdot None 8 hours 0-3 hours
Hallucinogens and Other Compounds Psilocybin Oral Magic Mushroom, Purple Passion, Shrooms None 8 hours 0-8 hours
Hallucinogens and Other Compounds Amphetamine and Phenethylamine variants Oral DOB, DOM, MDA, MDMA, MDEA, 2C-T2, 2C-B, PMA, MBDB, 4MTA Adam, Ecstasy, Eden, Eve, Nexus, STP, XTC None 1-3 days 25 hours
Hallucinogens and Other Compounds Marijuana/Hash (active ingredient Tetrahydro-cannabinol) Oral, smoked Grass, Herb, Hash, Hash Oil, Pot, Reefer, Smoke, Weed None in Australia Casual user 1-2 days

Moderate user up to 10 days

Chronic user 10-28 days

up to 24 hrs
Opioids and Morphine Derivatives Codeine Injected, oral Aspalgin, Codiphen, Codis, Codral, Dymadon, Panamax, Mersyndol, Panadeine, Panalgesic, Panamax Analgesic, antitussive 1-2 days 2-3 days
Opioids and Morphine Derivatives Heroin Injected, smoked, sniffed Diacetylmorphine, Horse, Smack None 1-2 days 1-2 days
Opioids and Morphine Derivatives Methadone Injected, oral Physeptone, Methadone Syrup Analgesic, treatment for opiate dependence 3 days 24 hours
Opioids and Morphine Derivatives Morphine Injected, oral, smoked Anamorph, Kapanol, Morphalgin, MS Contin, Sevredol Analgesic 1-2 days 1-2 days
Depressants Alcohol Oral Beer, Wine, Spirits An antidote for methanol poisoning 6-10 hours 12 hours
Depressants Barbiturates Injected, oral Phenobarbitone, Barbs Anticonvulsant, hypnotic, sedative, Phenobarbitone (anticonvulsant) is the only Barbiturate available for human medical purposes in Australia (also used by vets) 2-10 days 1-2 days
Depressants Benzodiazepines Injected, Oral Ativan, Halcion, Norminson, Rohypnol, Valium, Rivotril, Roofies, Serepax, Tranks, Xanax Anxiolytics, anticonvulsant, hypnotic, sedative Diazepam (Valium) 3-12 days

Oxazepam (Serepax) 1-3 days

Temazepam (Norminson) 1-3 days

Alprazolam (Xanax) 1-3 days

Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol, Roofies) 1-2 days

Clonazepam (Rivotril) 3-8 days

Nitrazepam (Mogadon) 3-7 days

6-48 hours
How Long Do Drugs Stay In A Person’s System?2020-10-02T13:41:40+10:00

There are no hard and fast rules but rather guidelines as there are many factors that can come into consideration.

Drug Type Cut-off Level Approximate Detection Time In Urine
Marijuana THC 50ng/mL 0-30 Days
Cocaine COC 300ng/mL 2-4 Days
Methamphetamine METH 300ng/mL 3-5 Days
Opiate OPI 300ng/mL 2-4 Days
Amphetamine AMP 300ng/mL 2-4 Days
Benzodiazepines BZO 200ng/mL 3-7 Days

The above chart gives approximate detection periods for each substance. The ranges depend on the amount of use, metabolic rate, body mass, age, overall health, drug tolerance, and urine pH.

Does A Positive (Non-Negative) Test Always Indicate Drug Abuse?2020-10-18T21:34:49+10:00

No. By using Australian Standards approved drug testing devices the likelihood of a false positive is drastically reduced. But there are occasions when a false positive can occur from a donor who is neither abusing drugs nor has taken an illicit drug. This is why it is recommended that all positive tests should be confirmed by a National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) Accredited Laboratory for further testing. All on-site tests should be considered presumptive until verified by an Accredited Laboratory.

What Factors Can Affect The Results?2020-10-18T15:14:24+10:00

Several factors can affect the results of our saliva drug test kits:

  • Incorrect or inadequate collection of saliva samples.
  • incorrect storage of the saliva drug testing kits or saliva screens.
  • The diet or medication that the person being tested, aka, the donor, is currently taking.
  • Food or drink consumed up to 10 minutes prior to testing.
  • The donor is not sufficiently hydrated.
What Are The Major Drug Groups That A Standard Saliva Or Oral-Fluid Based Drug Testing Kit Detects?2020-10-18T15:12:41+10:00
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol THC (marijuana)
  • Methamphetamine (“ice”, ecstasy)
  • Amphetamines (“speed”)
  • Cocaine
  • Benzodiazepines 
  • Morphine (derivatives of the opium poppy including heroin, morphine, codeine)
  • Oxycodone  
What Are The Major Drug Groups That A Standard Urine Drug Testing Kit Detects?2020-10-02T13:24:09+10:00
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol THC (marijuana)
  • Methamphetamine (“ice”, ecstasy)
  • Amphetamines (“speed”)
  • Cocaine
  • Benzodiazepines 
  • Morphine (derivatives of the opium poppy including heroin, morphine, codeine)
Why Should I Drug Test In My Workplace?2020-10-02T12:56:58+10:00

Workplace accidents involving drugs and alcohol in Australia are on the rise. By providing a clean work environment you are providing a safe work environment for your employees. As an added benefit your employees will also be more productive as they will not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Can You Beat A Drug Test?2020-10-02T12:55:21+10:00

It’s a common practice for those that use illicit drugs to try and cheat a drug test. By using a drug testing kit that complies with the Australian Standards it becomes near impossible to falsify the results. As part of the safeguards to ensure the drug testing kit is accurate, there are a number of built in features to verify the specimen is in fact urine. 

One such test is a temperature strip. When urine is eliminated from the body it will be at the approximate temperature of the donor body. Between 36.1℃ – 37.2℃ is the temperature of the average adult. Thus when a specimen is provided in the drug testing cup the temperature strip should register the specimen between 36.1℃ – 37.2℃ or in close proximity to this temperature. If the specimen is not between this range then the specimen is likely a fake.

The second safeguard is a built-in specimen validity test to ensure that the urine supplied has not been adulterated. The specimen validity test checks the pH level, creatinine, nitrite, bleach, and specific gravity test. If the specimen provided passes the adulteration test then it is in fact urine.

As a saliva drug test is conducted in front of the collector it makes it hard to alter the results.

What are Adulterants?2020-10-02T12:52:35+10:00

An adulterant is either an additive or a substitute that is used in an attempt to alter a drug test.  When trying to cheat a drug test adulterants (or additives) are used to try and trick the drug test. Both the temperature strip and the adulterant panel should be read prior to reading the results of the drug test. If either or both indicate adulteration then it is likely that the drug test has been tampered with.

What Is Adulteration?2020-10-18T21:32:19+10:00

Adulteration is defined as the action of making something poorer in quality by the addition of another substance. Adulteration within drug testing is an attempt to change a urine sample supplied for the purpose of a drug test. Dilution, substitution, or interference are three ways adultering urine drug tests occur.

As part of the testing processes, check the adulteration panel before reading the drug test results. If the sample has been tampered with and the adulteration panel will indicate a positive result. If this occurs you will need to perform the test again.

What Is The Temperature Strip On The Urine Drug Cup For?2020-10-02T12:42:24+10:00

On the urine drug test, there is a temperature strip. The purpose of the temperature strip is to ensure that the liquid in the test is in fact urine by measuring its temperature. When urine is eliminated from the body it will be at the donor’s body temperature between 36.1°C to 37.2°C. Hence, if the specimen is not within this temperature range it is unlikely that it is urine or does not belong to the donor.

Checking the temperature of the specimen is the first thing you should inspect on the urine drug test.

Additional safeguards are also in place to ensure that the specimen is in fact urine.

I Am Having Trouble Reading Results On The Drug Cups, What Do I Do?2020-10-18T21:35:44+10:00

Call us at 1800 187 238. We can talk you through the process step by step.

Why Is It Important To Use A Device That Has Australian Standards Approval?2020-10-18T21:33:57+10:00

There are many different drug testing kits on the market. And like all products, there are cheap inferiors. Australian Standards set the standard for specific products, the purpose of which is to ensure that testing kits are of high quality and performs in the manner the manufacturer specifies. By using drug testing kits that come with Australian Standards you are using a device that is highly accurate and reliable. Plus you will have the added benefit of using a device that is unlikely to provide you with false positives.

Is There A Standard Around Drug And Alcohol Testing In Workplaces?2020-10-02T12:19:02+10:00

Yes, both urine and saliva tests comply with Australian Standards. The Australian Standards for urine drug test is AS/ANZ 4308:2008. The Australian Standards for saliva drug test is AS/ANZ 4760:2019.

How Do I Read The Lines On A Drug Test?2020-10-18T15:14:56+10:00
  • A line on the CONTROL should always appear as proof the test has worked, and that the sample is suitable for testing.
  • No line on the test area is POSITIVE (or non-negative). We advise that you send this sample to the lab for further testing.
  • Any line, no matter how faint, on the test area is a NEGATIVE result. (See faint lines information.)
  • It is normal for lines to develop at different rates, and have different intensities.
  • A negative result can appear in under a minute.
  • To read a positive result you will need to wait the full five minutes before reading the results.
  • Tests should not be read after 10 minutes.
What Is The Difference Between Saliva Testing And Urine Testing?2020-10-18T15:13:51+10:00

Besides the method of testing the main difference between saliva testing and urine testing is the detection times.

  • Urine drug testing can detect illicit drugs for a longer time frame. This is particularly useful for pre-employment drug and alcohol tests.
  • Urine drug tests are the most cost effective and accurate form of testing to ensure that you have a safe work environment.
  • Saliva drug tests can only detect illicit drugs if they have been recently consumed in particular cannabis. If the user consumed drugs within two to four hours (depending on drug usage) then a saliva test can be used.
  • For recent drug use and impairment, a saliva drug test is the most useful for this purpose.
What Type Of Workplace Drug Testing Should I Implement?2020-10-02T12:00:26+10:00

Most industries require their employees to be drug and alcohol free to be able to perform their tasks or duties in a safe manner for themselves and the others around them. This is particularly true for those that operate or are around heavy machinery and tools, health care workers, emergency services, and transportation.

The following are the recommended drug test: 

  • Random Drug Testing – Random drug testing is exactly as it sounds. On any random day testing all of your employees or a random group of employees.
  • Pre-Employment Drug Testing – As part of the pre-employment process you can have your potential submit to a drug and alcohol test. This will eliminate (or greatly reduce) the chance of hiring a drug or alcohol user.
  • Reasonable Cause Drug Testing – Employees who are under reasonable suspicion of being unfit whilst performing their duties. This provides a safe workplace environment.
  • Post-Incident Drug Testing – When employees are involved in a workplace accident or a near miss a test can be performed to determine if drugs or alcohol were a factor.
  • Return To Work Drug Testing – Returning employees that previously tested for drugs or alcohol. It can also be used as periodically to ensure they are not using drugs or alcohol whilst at work.
  • Pre-Promotion Drug Testing – Prior to promoting an employee administering a drug and alcohol test to ensure they meet your safe workplace standards.
What Are Your Delivery Times?2020-10-19T10:19:57+10:00

When an order is placed prior to 12pm local EST time, below are the expected delivery times. Once an order has been dispatched we will email you the tracking number so you can track your purchase.

  • Capital Cities – Next day delivery (up to 5pm next day)
  • Regional Areas – Two to three days
  • Remote Areas – Five days

Need your order urgently? Ask us about express courier options. 1800 187 238

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