If you've been asked to take a drug test, you may have seen the phrase "6405n SAP 5-50 GCMS" on the paperwork. What is this? What does it mean?
Breaking Down the 6405n SAP 5-50 GCMS
It may sound confusing, but this is actually the most common form of urine drug screening. If we look at the individual letters of this confusing code, it makes a lot more sense:
- 6405n: This is just the designation.
- SAP: Stands for Substance Abuse Panel.
- 5-50: The 5 means there are five panels, each testing for a different drug. Usually this is Cocaine, Speed, PCP, Opiates, and THC (the active ingredient of weed). The 50 refers to the cut-off point used for THC detection, which is 50ng/mL.
- GCMS: This means that when someone fails the initial screening, their sample is sent off for testing with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. This is a much more accurate test that's used to confirm the result before taking further action.
Now you know what it means, do you need to be worried? If you never use drugs, or if it's been a long time ago since you used anything, you should be fine. If you have used something recently, even if it was a one-off thing, you should really take some precautions.
Step 1: Test Yourself
If you pass the original urine drug screening, your sample will never be tested by GCMS. You can actually do this test yourself at home with a home-testing kit that works on the same principle. Just be sure to recreate the conditions you would have at work-such as time of day, fluids drunk, level of exercise, and so on-because these can affect the results.
If you test clean, that's great. You don't need to worry anymore. If you test positive, though, you'll need to take some extra precautions before your test.
Step 2: Take Precautions
Simplest way to get through a urine drug test is by using a detox drink or detox pills. When you use these with a specified amount of water, their ingredients get to work in flushing drug residues from your bladder.
The instructions vary for different products, but after using them, it's usually just a case of peeing a couple of times and waiting an hour or so before your test. Urination is your body's natural way of flushing toxins, but dilution techniques normally fail the adulterant test. To avoid this, these drinks contain ingredients like creatine and B-vitamins to preserve your urine's normal properties.