ABOUT DRUG SCREENS

Are Drug Screens Necessary?

Yes... Unless you don't want recovery.

Dr. Margolis has worked with a lab to create a drug screen test that is particularly suited for young people who are trying to recover.

Our Unique Drug Screens:
Test for cannabinoids (marijuana) down to the 20/10 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL)
Nearly all other drug screens test for THC down to 50 ng/mL. Dr. Margolis has found that this level is too high. His data indicates that he picks up approximately 30-50% more marijuana when testing at the lower level. Our screen tests down to 20 ng/mL at the initial screening test and then down to 10 ng/mL at the confirmation test
Test for drugs besides cannabinoids (marijuana)
Nearly all urine drug screens test for cannabinoids, benzodiazepines, amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, and propoxyohene. Our screens also test for MDMA (ecstasy), oxydodone, and dextromethorphan. These are very common drugs of abuse today and most drug screens do not test for them.
Test for adulterants
A good drug screen should test the chemical composition of the urine for density, ph balance, and protein levels to ascertain whether the person is water loading or taking chemicals to subvert the drug screen.
How to Collect a Urine Sample for Drug Screens
Observe the collection of the sample.
The most likely time for alteration or tampering is during the collection of the sample. Once the sample has been collected, it should be sealed in a tamperproof plastic bag and brought to our office. It can be stored 1 week in a secure refrigerator or 4 days if not refrigerated. We do not accept drug screens for which the collection has not been personally observed.
Get the first urine of the morning.
The first urine of the morning is the most concentrated and most likely to show drugs.
Take collections on a weekly basis.
Marijuana may stay in the system for 30 days, but this is not always the case. For chronic, daily users it does remain in the system for 30-40 days, but for weekend users it only remains for 7-10 days. For individuals who have been clean with no marijuana in their system, the window of detectability is 3-5 days.
Do the collections on a random basis.
For instance, do not get into the habit of doing the screens every Monday or on any predictable basis. You can also collect a sample, throw it out, and collect another the next day if you suspect your person of using drugs right after you take a screen.

If a drug screen has the above characteristics and is collected in the above fashion, it is likely to pick up drugs if the person is using.