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Oral Fluid Testing

UNOBTRUSIVE AND ACCURATE

Oral fluid testing is gaining popularity with many programs that require convenient, gender-neutral specimen collection combined with the accuracy of lab testing. Pinnacle Health Technologies (PHT) provides an easy and affordable lab-based testing solution for the detection of drugs of abuse in oral fluid.

PHT-Oral is ideal for drug testing in a variety of arenas, including:

  • random, pre-employment, corrections, probation/parole, return to duty,
  • post accident (insurance), reasonable cause and methadone programs.

PHT utilizes the most sophisticated, sensitive and specific equipment and technology available to screen, confirm and quantitate drugs (GC/MS in oral fluid.  As with all of PHT’s testing options, full customer support is provided.  Turn to PHT for confidence in testing—we’ll find out.

Benefits include:

  • Gender-neutral collection with no exposure to specimen
  • Better indicator of recent usage as compared to urine samples
  • Minimal chance of specimen adulteration—no need to worry about dilute specimens
  • Collection device with volume adequacy indicator—no guesswork needed
  • Increased THC recovery and stability
  • Fast turn-around time from receipt of specimen (48 hours negative, 72 hours positive)
  • Includes chain of custody, collection and shipping supplies at no additional fee

Commonly used for these drugs of abuse:

  • Amphetamines
  • Methamphetamines
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates
  • Marijuana
  • PCP

Advantages of the PHT-Oral solution include:

  • Accurate laboratory based test
  • Gender-neutral collection with no exposure to specimen
  • Better indicator of recent usage as compared to urine samples
  • Collection device with volume adequacy indicator—no guesswork needed
  • Minimal chance of specimen adulteration—no need to worry about dilute specimens
  • Increased THC recovery and stability
  • Forty-eight hour turnaround time from receipt of specimen with results available via internet, fax and U.S. mail
  • A variety of drug panel options are available to your agency to meet your specific needs. Below is a list of PHT’s most popular drug screens.

Contact us for more details.

STANDARD PANELS Automatic GC/MS Confirmation on Screened Positives
›› Standard 6 Panel                                                                          ›› NEW! Standard 6 Panel (w/Benzodiazepines)
Amphetamine                                                                                   Amphetamine
Methamphetamine (includes MDMA/Ecstasy)                  Methamphetamine (includes MDMA/Ecstasy)
Cocaine                                                                                                Cocaine
Opiates                                                                                                 Opiates
Marijuana (THC)                                                                              Marijuana (THC)
Phencyclidine (PCP)                                                                      Benzodiazepines

METHADONE PANELS GC/MS Confirmation for an Additional Fee
›› Standard 7 Panel                                                                        ›› NEW! Standard 7 Panel (w/Benzodiazepines)
Amphetamine                                                                                  Amphetamine
Methamphetamine  (includes MDMA/Ecstasy)                Methamphetamine (includes MDMA/Ecstasy)
Cocaine                                                                                              Cocaine
Opiates                                                                                               Opiates
Marijuana (THC)                                                                            Marijuana (THC)
Methadone                                                                                       Methadone
Phencyclidine (PCP)                                                                    Benzodiazepines

To learn more about Oral Fluid Drug Testing call:   940-898-1787
›› Contact us online
›› How to order lab services

Ask us about these tests:
1.    Amphetamine (AMP)
2.    Barbiturates (BAR)
3.    Benzodiazepines (BZO)
4.    Buprenorphine (BUP)
5.    Cocaine Metabolite (COC)
6.    Marijuana (THC)
7.    Methadone (MTD)
8.    Methamphetamine (M-AMP – includes Ecstasy/MDMA)
9.    Opiates (OPI)
10.    Oxycodone (OXY)
11.    Phencyclidine (PCP)
12.    Propoxyphene (PPX)
13.    Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCA).

RELATED INFORMATION

1.    Oral Fluid Screening
2.    Cut-off Levels
3.    Oral Fluid Confirmation
4.    Cut-off Levels
5.    Oral Fluid Drug Testing
6.    Datasheet [PDF 1.5MB]
7.    Testing Supplies
8.    Oral Fluid FAQ’s [PDF 88k]
9.    On-Site Oral Screening Device
10.    On-Site Oral Screening
11.    Device FAQ’s [PDF 92k]
12.    Oral Fluid Collection Protocol (Login Required)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why should I implement the PHT-Oral Solution at my facility?
Not only does oral fluid testing save your agency time and money in collection fees, it offers the convenience of testing for drugs of abuse anywhere at any time.

What are the testing and confirmation methodologies?
Specimens collected with the PHT-Oral collection device are sent to PTL for screening by Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA).  Positive screens are confirmed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)*.  The analytical methods used by PHT for the detection of drugs of abuse are scientifically accepted and approved by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Screening Cut-off Levels by Procedure

Drug                                                                          ELISA
Amphetamine                                                      50 ng/mL
Barbiturates                                                         50 ng/mL
Benzodiazepines                                                 15 ng/mL
Cocaine Metabolite (Benzoylecgonine)    20 ng/mL
Methamphetamine                                             50 ng/mL
Opiates (Morphine and Codeine)                  40 ng/mL
Phencyclidine                                                       10 ng/mL
THC (Cannabinoids)                                              4 ng/mL
Methadone                                                             50 ng/mL

Confirmation Cut-off Levels by Procedure

Drug                                                            GC/MS
Amphetamine                                         20 ng/mL
Barbiturates                                             20 ng/mL
Benzodiazepines                                     20 ng/mL
Cocaine Metabolite (Benzoylecgonine)    10 ng/mL
Methamphetamine                                20 ng/mL
Opiates (Morphine and Codeine)     25 ng/mL
Phencyclidine                                             5 ng/mL
THC (Cannabinoids)                                  1 ng/mL
Methadone                                                 50 ng/mL

I suspect that my donor just used a substance of abuse, how long should I wait before collecting the specimen?

Depending on the drug and dosage, drugs may be detected in oral fluid in as little as a few minutes or up to approximately 2 hours from the time of use.

How do I collect the oral fluid specimen?

Instructions for use are included with your first order of PHT-Oral devices.  Please read these instructions carefully.  PHT offers telephone training.  If you have questions, please call 940-898-1787.

Can I ship my oral fluid specimens with my urine specimens?

PHT will accept both oral fluid and urine specimens in the same lab pack when sending five or more specimens (e.g. three oral fluid specimens and two urine specimens).  The specimens cannot, however, be mixed in the postage-paid mailer boxes due to U. S. Postal Service regulations.

What are the oral fluid drug detection times?

The drug detection times in oral fluid closely parallel those in blood.

Oral Fluid Detection Times

Drug                                           Detection Time
Amphetamine                        From minutes up to 48 hours
Barbiturates                            From minutes up to 48 hours
Benzodiazepines                    From minutes up to 48 hours
Cocaine Metabolite
(Benzoylecgonine)               From minutes up to 48 hours
Methamphetamine              From minutes up to 48 hours
Marijuana                                From minutes up to 48 hours
Phencyclidine                       From minutes up to 48 hours
THC (Cannabinoids)           From minutes up to 24 hours
Methadone                            From minutes up to 48 hours

* Positive on methadone panels are confirmed by GC/MS upon request.

About Pinnacle Health Technologies

Pinnacle Health Technologies is a one-call provider for all employee screening needs. We are a local walk-in laboratory facility that is open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. We have collection sites all across the United States to provide your company’s various locations with nearby fast efficient service. All documentation is done by our office and results are delivered with 24 hours from collection (GC/MS confirmation may require and additional 24 to 48 hours). Results can be telephoned, faxed, mailed, emailed or accessed online by a designated recipient established by your company. Because we have a one centralized location, you get quick answers to any questions with a single call. When it comes to the drug testing process, we are fast, flexible and accurate.

Contact

1501 North Elm Street
Denton, Texas 76201
Toll Free: 877-257-5227
Fax: 940-323-8666
8:00-5:00, Mon. – Fri.

1555 Merrimac Circle 218
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Phone 817-334-7983
Fax: 817-334-7925
9:00-6:00, Mon. – Fri.


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