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What Is a Mouth Swab Drug Test?

Sep. 10, 2021

Oral swab drug tests detect substances in the body system by checking saliva for the presence of drugs or alcohol. These tests are quick and easy to perform, are not painful for the individual and are very cost effective. One may also refer to oral swab drug testing as oral fluid drug testing or saliva drug testing.


Oral swab drug tests are often used by employers in companies that have a drug testing policy. The company usually specifies when the applicant and employee will be tested. However, random testing is sometimes carried out.

In some industries, companies are required by law to test employees for drug use. Under Executive Order 12564, all federal employees working in the following areas must be tested.


Law enforcement

National security

Protection of life and property

Public health or safety

Other functions requiring a high degree of credibility


Oral swab drug tests are an alternative to urine drug tests. They are easier to administer and more difficult to cheat, as sample collection is supervised and directly observed. If you want to get more information about best disposable oral swabs for sale, welcome to contact us today or request a quote. 

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How is the test performed?

Oral swab drug testing is a very easy to perform non-invasive method of drug testing. The test also requires very little preparation and the individual simply needs to avoid eating or drinking anything for 10 minutes prior to the test.


The test involves wiping the inside of a person's cheek with a sponge or absorbent pad on the end of a stick.


Analysis of the sample, either in the field or in the laboratory, will reveal whether traces of the particular substance are present.


Sample collection time is relatively quick, taking approximately 1-3 minutes for a credible source. If the analysis is carried out in the field, the results will be ready within a few minutes. If the sample is taken to a laboratory for analysis, it will take approximately 24 hours for the results to be available.


Is the oral swab drug test effective?

Oral swab drug tests are more than 97% accurate when people perform them correctly. According to the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association, drugs do not remain in oral fluid for as long as they do in urine, which means that this test is more effective in determining current use.


The length of time that certain drugs can be detected in a person's saliva may vary. Some studies have shown that if a person uses a substance more frequently, it will be present for longer.


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