What drugs does the PDT-90 ® Personal Drug Testing Service screen for?
The five drugs of abuse groups analyzed in a Psychemedics hair test include: cocaine, opiates (including heroin metabolite 6-MAM, morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and codeine), phencyclidine (PCP), amphetamines (including methamphetamine, amphetamine, MDMA-Ecstasy, MDEA-Eve, and MDA, and marijuana (carboxy-THC). These groups encompass some of the most abused prescription drugs such as oxcodone (e.g., Oxycontin®, Percocet®, Percodan®, Roxicodone®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®, Lorcet®, Lortab®) and hydromorphone (Dilaudid®).
How does the test work?
The PDT-90 ® Personal Drug Testing Service uses a simple, in-home hair sample collection. The hair is tested for evidence of drug use which occurred during the previous several months. The package provides instructions on how to collect a small hair sample.
You simply send the hair sample for laboratory testing in the envelope provided. Use your PDT-90 ® code number to receive the results confidentially and anonymously over the phone.
Will the test result remain confidential?
Yes, the results are kept completely confidential and are for your use only. NO NAMES ARE EVER USED IN THE TESTING PROCESS. YOUR PDT-90 ® CODE NUMBER KEEPS ALL TESTING CONFIDENTIAL AND ANONYMOUS.
How long will it take to receive the test results?
Test results are available typically 3-5 business days from the time that they are received at the lab, provided that all of the instructions for submitting the sample are followed properly. To receive the results, simply call a toll-free results hotline.
Is testing very accurate? Will the results come back positive if one is not taking drugs, but has been in contact with drug users?
The PDT-90 ® At Home Personal Drug Testing Service uses one of the most effective tests on the market, the same patented technology relied upon by corporations nationwide. Hair samples are cleansed to remove any external contaminants. As with any drug testing, cutoff levels are utilized to help ensure that inadvertent or unintentional contact with drugs will not create a false positive result.
The testing technology is designed to show the presence of drug levels which would only be consistent with the ingestion of drugs. Before any positive test result is reported, the sample is subjected to a second, confirmatory test using gas chromatography / mass spectrometry (GC/MS), considered the gold standard for forensic drug testing.
How does the PDT-90 ® Drug Testing Service compare with urinalysis tests currently on the market?
Urinalysis can only check to see if drugs were used within the previous 2-3 day period for most drugs, longer for chronic marijuana use. PDT-90 ® testing can check for drug use over a several month period. This makes it harder for one to evade detection. Ways of beating urine tests are widely known. Teens can tamper with the specimen, flush their systems with water, and even purchase clean urine to substitute for their own. However, the easiest way for them to beat a urine test is to just abstain from use for 3 days. In addition, PDT-90 ® testing should be less embarrassing, since collection and handling is clean and easy.