Urine Testing (Lab Based and Instant)

Urinalysis is the most common form of drug testing. Most rely on urine testing for drug use, due to the speed and affordability of the test.

With ARCpoint Labs of Austin South, we can have results within minutes. Our lab is designed to meet the most stringent urine collection procedures.

We take all steps necessary to ensure that the individual being tested cannot tamper with or adulterate the specimen they provide while at ARCpoint Labs of Austin South.

drug testing in the office

A standard 5-panel urine tests looks for the following substances:

  • THC (Marijuana)
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • Methamphetamines
  • Opiates

10-Panel Urine Test

The 10-panel urine test expands on the 5-panel drug test but looks for additional substances. This is most often used when prescription drug use detection is required.  These panels can vary dependent upon needs and can be customized.  A historically common 10-panel test (for example only) might also include the following drugs:

  • (all substances from the 5-panel)
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Methadone
  • Methaqualone *
  • Propoxyphene *

*Other drugs often substituted – MDMA, Oxycodone and extended opiates

NOTE: Drug testing for synthetic drugs is a urine test. However, synthetic drugs will not be detected on a standard 5-panel or 10-panel drug test.

Updates on Urine Testing

When an employer requests a drug test from an employee, the employee is typically instructed to go to a collection site in the area. The employee’s urine is collected in a specially designed secure cup, which is sealed with a tamper resistant tape. It is sent via express delivery to a testing laboratory for drug screening (typically SAMHSA 5-panel).

Since the efficacy of urine testing is debatable due to systematic cheating (adulteration and/or substitution of the specimen), regulations from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) now require that specimens that indicate a low temperature or show signs of adulteration be admitted with a second specimen from the donor. The second specimen will be collected under direct observation (DOT testing only).

That is, the donor voids (produces specimen)  in full view of the collector or observer. The new DOT regulations also require that the donor raise and lower clothing and turn around in front of the collector or observer to show that the donor is not in possession of any device or substance with intent to falsify the test.