Drug testing is done for a variety of reasons:  as part of the pre-employment screening process, random testing while employed or in a diversion or probation program, post-accident for a DOT-regulated job, reasonable suspicion of use while at work, return-to-work after completing a program, follow-up testing, personal or private use, court-ordered screening, drug-free school programs, and many more. The categories below summarize various testing options at Oris.
blood vial drug test
scissors comb hair drug test
nail drug test
saliva drug screen test oral fluid
 Urine drug screen test
 

Drug Screening: Blood

What should I bring with me?


Generally, for a random or pre-employment test, you’ll bring your authorization form or the authorization number given to you by your potential employer (via an email on your cell phone is fine) and a government issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport). If you're coming in for personal reasons, just bring yourself...




Do I need an authorization number?


Coming in with this information will greatly aid in making the process go much faster since we will not need to track down this information. It's a good idea to come prepared... If this is for personal use only, then no number is needed.




How long will I be at Oris?


Provided you come prepared with all paperwork/authorization numbers, have a government issued photo ID, and your nails are long enough and meet the requirements (e.g. polish free, acrylic free, etc.) then the process - on average - should take about 20 - 30 minutes.




How long does it take to get the results?


Normally 2-4 days. The results will go straight to your employer or to the medical review officer for your company; if this is for personal use, the results will come to us, and we will contact you.




What drugs are included in the test?


This varies by who is ordering the test, but generally includes marijuana (THC), opiates, cocaine, amphetamines and methamphetamines.




How long should my nails be?


All 10 nails should be the length of the width of a quarter, or 2-4 mm. The idea collection amount should be around 100 mg.




How far back can drugs be detected in nails?


Drug detection in nails can go back 6 months on average, and can be detected usually 1-2 weeks post-use. Detection times can vary based on amount of drugs used, the drug itself, the individual's metabolism, frequency of use, etc. Alcohol in nails can be detected up to 3 months on average. Nails are made of keratin, the same material as hair, and drug biomarkers are passed from the bloodstream into the nail's keratin fibers, which can be approximately 4X thicker than hair keratin.




Is there any special preparation?


Your nails must be free from any nail polish (using non-ethanol based polish remover such as acetone), gels, silks, or acrylic overlays. Your nails should be as clean as possible with no ink, dirt, or dye. Additionally, if you know you will be testing in the future using this method, be sure to let your nails grow!




Who will clip my nails?


You will, but the technician will provide you with a clean, sterile set of clippers and will instruct you on how to clip to get the maximum amount needed.




Can you use toenails?


Yes! But the same rules apply: no polish or artificial substances on the nails, and they must be clean (e.g. oil, dye, and dirt free).





Drug Screening: Hair

What should I bring with me?


Generally, for a random or pre-employment test, you’ll bring your authorization form or the authorization number given to you by your potential employer (via an email on your cell phone is fine) and a government issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport). If you're coming in for personal reasons, just bring yourself...




Do I need an authorization number?


Coming in with this information will greatly aid in making the process go much faster since we will not need to track down this information. It's a good idea to come prepared... If this is for personal use only, then no number is needed.




How long will I be at Oris?


Provided you come prepared with all paperwork/authorization numbers and a government issued photo ID then the process - on average - should take about 20 - 30 minutes.




How long does it take to get the results?


Normally 2-4 days. The results will go straight to your employer or to the medical review officer for your company; if this is for personal use, the results will come to us, and we will contact you.




What drugs are included in the test?


This varies by who is ordering the test, but generally includes marijuana (THC), opiates, cocaine, amphetamines and phencyclidine (PCP). This list may be expanded to include other substances.




Do you actually cut my hair?


Yes, but only with shears for this purpose. We do not use a razor or shaver. If the hair is long enough - at least 1-1/2" - then natural head hair is the first choice. The back of the crown is the suggested location, and it is cut as close to the root as possible. If there is no head hair, then chest, underarm, arm or leg hair can be used. Approximately 3 small cotton ball-sized tufts of hair are needed to equal approximately 1001-50mgs of hair. Hair from the head cannot be mixed with hair from the body. And we cannot accept hair from a brush or comb.




How long can drugs be detected in the hair?


Drugs can be deposited in the hair shaft via the bloodstream (most typical way), absorbed from sweating or being in the presence of drug smoke, and through the hair's oil glands. It normally takes at least 10 days for a drug to present itself in the hair shaft. Since hair growth averages 1/2" per month, the average detection time for 1-1/2" of hair is 3 months. Many employers will use this test since it gives a longer drug-use history, is difficult to adulterate, and the chain of custody of the specimen is definitive!




How much hair do you need?


Most tests require the equivalent of a #2 pencil lead, shoelace tip, or 1/4"... approximately 120-150 strands if taken from the head. The amount needed may depend upon the drug panel requested and the specific lab doing the test. The hair is cut as close to the root end as possible and preferably at the back of the crown. Note that collectors should take into consideration the location and amount of hair in each area cut so as not to leave any noticable spot; the collection should be virtually undetectable if done correctly. If the hair on the head is shorter than 1/2", or the person is bald, then body hair is used (i.e. chest, underarm, leg, or arm). In this case, 100-150mgs of hair are needed.




Is it possible to cheat a hair drug test?


Despite the numerous articles and websites dedicated to giving advice and selling products for this purpose, laboratory-based testing is extremely sophisticated. Preliminary tests are run to determine if the hair is real before continuing specific drug testing. Most hair products and normal hair treatments will not significantly alter or affect the results, and the testing process can assess how damaged the hair is from applying certain substances.




How soon after use can drugs be detected in the hair?


As a general guide, approximately one week after drug use for hair above the scalp.





Drug Screening: Nails

What should I bring with me?


Generally, for a random or pre-employment test, you’ll bring your authorization form or the authorization number given to you by your potential employer (via an email on your cell phone is fine) and a government issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport). If you're coming in for personal reasons, just bring yourself...




Do I need an authorization number?


Coming in with this information will greatly aid in making the process go much faster since we will not need to track down this information. It's a good idea to come prepared... If this is for personal use only, then no number is needed.




How long will I be at Oris?


Provided you come prepared with all paperwork/authorization numbers, have a government issued photo ID, and your nails are long enough and meet the requirements (e.g. polish free, acrylic free, etc.) then the process - on average - should take about 20 - 30 minutes.




How long does it take to get the results?


Normally 2-4 days. The results will go straight to your employer or to the medical review officer for your company; if this is for personal use, the results will come to us, and we will contact you.




What drugs are included in the test?


This varies by who is ordering the test, but generally includes marijuana (THC), opiates, cocaine, amphetamines and methamphetamines.




How long should my nails be?


All 10 nails should be the length of the width of a quarter, or 2-4 mm. The idea collection amount should be around 100 mg.




How far back can drugs be detected in nails?


Drug detection in nails can go back 6 months on average, and can be detected usually 1-2 weeks post-use. Detection times can vary based on amount of drugs used, the drug itself, the individual's metabolism, frequency of use, etc. Alcohol in nails can be detected up to 3 months on average. Nails are made of keratin, the same material as hair, and drug biomarkers are passed from the bloodstream into the nail's keratin fibers, which can be approximately 4X thicker than hair keratin.




Is there any special preparation?


Your nails must be free from any nail polish (using non-ethanol based polish remover such as acetone), gels, silks, or acrylic overlays. Your nails should be as clean as possible with no ink, dirt, or dye. Additionally, if you know you will be testing in the future using this method, be sure to let your nails grow!




Who will clip my nails?


You will, but the technician will provide you with a clean, sterile set of clippers and will instruct you on how to clip to get the maximum amount needed.




Can you use toenails?


Yes! But the same rules apply: no polish or artificial substances on the nails, and they must be clean (e.g. oil, dye, and dirt free).





Drug Screening: Saliva

What should I bring with me?


Generally, for a random or pre-employment test, you’ll bring your authorization form or the authorization number given to you by your potential employer (via an email on your cell phone is fine) and a government issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport). If you're coming in for personal reasons, just bring yourself...




Do I need an authorization number?


Coming in with this information will greatly aid in making the process go much faster since we will not need to track down this information. It's a good idea to come prepared... If this is for personal use only, then no number is needed.




How long will I be at Oris?


Provided you come prepared with all paperwork/authorization numbers, have a government issued photo ID, and your nails are long enough and meet the requirements (e.g. polish free, acrylic free, etc.) then the process - on average - should take about 20 - 30 minutes.




How long does it take to get the results?


Normally 2-4 days. The results will go straight to your employer or to the medical review officer for your company; if this is for personal use, the results will come to us, and we will contact you.




What drugs are included in the test?


This varies by who is ordering the test, but generally includes marijuana (THC), opiates, cocaine, amphetamines and methamphetamines.




How long should my nails be?


All 10 nails should be the length of the width of a quarter, or 2-4 mm. The idea collection amount should be around 100 mg.




How far back can drugs be detected in nails?


Drug detection in nails can go back 6 months on average, and can be detected usually 1-2 weeks post-use. Detection times can vary based on amount of drugs used, the drug itself, the individual's metabolism, frequency of use, etc. Alcohol in nails can be detected up to 3 months on average. Nails are made of keratin, the same material as hair, and drug biomarkers are passed from the bloodstream into the nail's keratin fibers, which can be approximately 4X thicker than hair keratin.




Is there any special preparation?


Your nails must be free from any nail polish (using non-ethanol based polish remover such as acetone), gels, silks, or acrylic overlays. Your nails should be as clean as possible with no ink, dirt, or dye. Additionally, if you know you will be testing in the future using this method, be sure to let your nails grow!




Who will clip my nails?


You will, but the technician will provide you with a clean, sterile set of clippers and will instruct you on how to clip to get the maximum amount needed.




Can you use toenails?


Yes! But the same rules apply: no polish or artificial substances on the nails, and they must be clean (e.g. oil, dye, and dirt free).





Drug Screening: Urine

What should I bring with me?


Generally, for a random or pre-employment test, you’ll bring your authorization form or the authorization number given to you by your potential employer (via an email on your cell phone is fine) and a government issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport). If you're coming in for personal reasons, just bring yourself...




Do I have to have an authorization number?


Coming in with this information will greatly aid in making the process go much faster since we will not need to track down this information. It's a good idea to come prepared... If this is for personal use only, then no number is needed.




How long will I be at Oris?


Provided you come prepared (and ready to “go” if it’s a urine screen!), the process on average should take about 20 minutes.




How long does it take to get the results?


Normally 1-3 days. The results will go straight to your employer or to the medical review officer for your company; if this is for personal use, the results will come to us, and we will contact you. If you are doing an instant test, the results are known within minutes.




What drugs are included in the test?


This varies by who is ordering the test, but generally includes marijuana (THC), opiates, cocaine, amphetamines and methamphetamines.




Is there any special preparation?


The process will go much faster provided, well, that you can "go," so consuming liquids prior to arrival is suggested.




How long can drugs be detected in urine?


On average, drug metabolites can be detected for 3 days. This time frame varies based on amount of drugs used, specific drug involved, frequency of use, body mass, metabolism, tolerance, age and more.




Is there any way to beat a urine drug screen?


There are thousands of sites advertising thousands of dollars in various schemes to do so, but trust us... Laboratory screening is very, very sophisticated. Almost all labs can detect the presence of these substances. If you know about these items, so do the scientists at these laboratories, and the technology is getting better. And don't forget: being caught cheating a test can be equivalent to testing positive.




What's are differences between an instant test and lab-based test?


Most instant drug tests are now compliant with the very same certifications and follow the guidelines set by the CLIA.* So while a lab-based test is the standard for some highly regulated companies, there are high accuracy and reliability rates among many instant tests, both being around 99%. Instant - or rapid - testing is useful for post-accident screening to check for alcohol or drug use by the person involved prior to too much time passing, or for reasonable suspicion of use on the job and is less costly than lab-based analysis. Most rapid testing sets have a specified number of drugs for which they test, and a threshold. The results are normally a "presumptive positive," or negative for a particular drug, with the advantage of knowing results within minutes. Laboratory testing of a specimen includes a confirmation or second test of a presumptive positive result (the remaining 1% of the 99% initial accuracy already inherent), the use of these results in a court of law, and the opportunity to obtain specific levels of drugs in the sample. Regardless of which test is done, those conducting the test must follow all instructions carefully, maintain privacy, and be trained in the proper drug testing procedures. * Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment of 1988 - U.S. federal regulatory standards that apply to all clinical laboratory testing facililties or sites that test human specimens, with the exception of clinical trials and basic research.