How the Drug Patch Compares to Urine Drug Testing
With suspected illicit drug use on the rise, many jurisdictions are looking for a reliable, fast method for drug testing. The 24/7 transdermal drug patch is an economical solution that provides continuous sample collection. It is worn for up to 14 days, testing for drug metabolite and the drug parent.
Unlike urine drug testing the drug patch is non-invasive. More importantly, the drug patch ensures that samples are collected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are no opportunities for “missed tests” or diluted samples. If a person attempts to remove or alter the drug patch it cannot be reapplied. Tampering is evident.
The Drug Patch can test for:
An optional expanded panel can test for the drugs listed above and:
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- Oxycodone (OxyContin®)
- Oxymorphone (Opana)
How Does it Work?
Similar to transdermal alcohol monitoring, the drug patch works by sampling the sweat that a person naturally excretes. The continuous sample collection helps to ensure accuracy and reliability. A person is unable to delay tests, or use drugs between testing. The application and removal process is fast and easy.
No Supervised Testing
A huge advantage of drug patch testing compared with traditional urine testing is that it takes less administrative work and personnel. Urine testing requires supervised visits every 2 to 3 days. Supervision and collection must be performed by someone of the same gender as the person supplying the sample.
The drug patch can last up to 14 days, which significantly decreases required visits. Furthermore, the patch has been independently tested and court-validated. It is a proven deterrent for repeat drug offenders and does not produce “false positives.”