Urine drug tests have been around for a while, but they are far from perfect. For example, they disproportionately discriminate against users of marijuana, a drug that is being increasingly legalized in the US.
Saliva tests offer several advantages for employers, such as being less invasive and removing the need to make people pee into a cup for testing. They are also popular because it's easy to do testing on site. So, when it comes to a mouth swab drug test, what is it and how do you pass it?
Mouth swab drug test: What is it?
A mouth swab drug test works by analyzing the saliva collected from the subject's mouth with a mouth swab. The swab is then analyzed with a simple testing device, which is usually capable of detecting various drugs, or it is sent to a lab for analysis.
Unlike urine tests, however, mouth swab drug tests generally only detect recent drug use. This makes them perfect for uncovering on-the-job drug use through random sampling or when investigating workplace accidents.
The detection time varies for different drugs, but there is an eye-catching difference for marijuana users. Yes, weed use usually only shows up on saliva tests for 2-24 hours, while it can be weeks with urine tests. Obviously you'll still be in trouble if you smoke at work, but that joint from the night before might also come back to haunt you.
Many other drugs-such as heroin, speed, ecstasy, and meth-can show up for a few days afterwards. Alcohol, though, has a similar detection time to marijuana (2-24 hours). Coke has the worst possible detection time on saliva tests, with it being possible to fail up to 10 days later. For lighter users, though, the minimum period of 2 days is more likely to be the case.
Mouth swab drug test: How do you pass it?
As the detection times for mouth swab drug tests are relatively limited, you could always just stay away from any kind of drugs for a few days beforehand. This will work great when you know a test is coming, such as for a pre-employment drug test, but it's not helpful if you're randomly selected for an on-the-spot test. Some companies often routinely test people after workplace accidents, with this often being a requirement of their insurance policies.
Given that you need to be prepared, it's best to get yourself a detox mouthwash in advance, such as the Ultra Wash toxin-cleansing mouthwash or Stinger's detoxifying mouthwash. These products are very compact, so they can be easily kept in a drawer, locker, or bag.
These mouthwashes are also very easy to use, with you using them in much the same way as a normal mouthwash. You simply need to rinse your mouth with them shortly (up to an hour) before your test. Some products are backed by a money-back guarantee, sometimes by as much as 500%, so if they don't work for you, you get a refund.