Oral Fluid testing is the newest specimen to be added for regulated testing by SAMHSA. Oral fluids testing offers many advantages for post-accident, reasonable suspicion or any situation when the most recent drug usage needs to be detected. Ease of sample collection and the 24-48 hour time frame of detection makes this an exceptional test for these critical situations.
With oral fluid testing, saliva samples are tested for parent drugs and their metabolites. An absorbent collection device is placed in the mouth and the saliva collected is screened for drugs of abuse. Samples are checked to verify the saliva is human. Oral Fluid offers a substance detection time frame similar to urine and blood testing, but oral fluid samples do not require special collection facilities or working with hazardous bodily fluids.
It is important to note that Omega’s oral fluid testing is a completely laboratory-based process. While some instant oral fluid collection devices may be available, they are often not properly FDA-cleared and lack the sensitivity required to detect usage of certain drug classes. It is for these reasons that a laboratory-based process must be used in order to secure valid results.