Oral Fluid (Saliva) Drug Test

oral fluid swabLab-based oral fluid (saliva) drug testing offers a number of benefits to employers:

  • Minimal chance to “beat” the drug test
  • Less invasive compared to urinalysis drug test
  • Easy to collect specimen (enabling more internal rather than 3rd party collections)
  • Reduces downtime for employees in post-employment drug testing (no “shy bladder” or other delays in testing)
  • Ease of collection makes onsite post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug testing more feasible

As Quest Diagnostics, a WorkforceQA partner and leading drug testing laboratory, notes:

“When compared to urine and hair drug tests, oral fluid is best at detecting recent drug use. Drugs take time to metabolize and pass through the system in a urine test, and the same drugs are incorporated as hair grows and it takes time for the drug to be present in the hair above the scalp. But an oral fluid test will often detect drugs in a donor’s system immediately after use.”


How We Can Help

Learn how we can help implement and manage oral fluid testing.