It sounds confusing doesn´t it, but it´s actually quite simple when you break it down. This test is somewhat more thorough than a standard 5-panel test, so we´ll go through all the details for this test, as well as what you can do to get through one.
What Does SAP 7-50 GC/MS Mean?
You may also see a code like “6406X” before this as well, but this is merely a designation for the test itself.
Breaking down the terms:
- SAP stands for substance abuse panel.
- The 7 refers to the number of panels.
- The 50 refers to the cut-off point for THC (marijuana) metabolites (50ng/mL).
- The GC/MS part means any positive result will be confirmed by using Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry, which is a much more accurate detection method.
What Does the SAP 7-50 GC/MS Detect?
The test has seven panels, so it´s clearly going to detect more drugs than a standard 5-panel drug test. The two extra panels are aimed at benzos and barbiturates, but each panel may also detect a wider range of drugs. For example, the opiates panel will also detect synthetic opioids like oxycodone, which is usually ignored by a standard 5-panel drug test. Similarly, other substances such as ecstasy and methamphetamines can trigger the amphetamine panel.
- Cocaine (including the benzoylecgonine metabolite)
- THC (marijuana)
- Benzodiazepines, such as Valium and Lorazepam
- Amphetamine and Methamphetamine
- Flurazepam Metabolites
- Opiates (codeine and morphine)
- Opioids such as Hydromorphone, Hydrocodone, and Oxycodone
As you can see, the list is a lot longer than with a standard 5-panel drug test. What´s more, it covers many prescription drugs that aren´t usually detected. This could present a potential problem for users of prescription drugs, especially if they prefer to protect their privacy.
The Process for a SAP 7-50 GC/MS Drug Test
The SAP 7-50 GC/MS is a urine test, so you´ll be asked to provide a sample in a cup. The tester may take the temperature there and then to exclude cheating before sending it to the lab.
At the lab, the sample will be tested for adulterants and then put through an immunoassay test. This is much cheaper than GC/MS but less accurate, so it´s used to screen out clean samples. If any sample tests positive for any panel, the sample is passed on for GC/MS testing.
The GC/MS test can give much more detail, such as the exact drug rather than a drug group, as well as the concentration in the urine.
How Do You Pass a SAP 7-50 GC/MS Drug Test?
Passing this test is much the same as passing any other test. Your best chance lies in passing the immunoassay screening and avoiding GC/MS testing altogether.
Use a good quality detox drink about an hour or so before your test. This will leverage your body´s natural cleansing mechanisms to lower the concentrations of toxins in your urine while still being able to pass the adulterant test. If you follow the instructions to the letter, you will be able to give a urine sample as normal.