The Pros and Cons of Saliva Drug Testing

Research and Analysis done in the area of saliva drug testing reveal that these tests are reliable and accurate. Collection of sample is done with ease and the results are almost instantaneous. However, these drug tests have their own drawbacks and hence this doesn’t emerge out as the best solution for the detection of drugs

The Pros

Let’s get into the details of the advantages offered by the saliva drug test procedure.

1. The very big advantage of saliva drug test is that the sample collection is very easy. Unlike urine test where the sample collection is done in privacy necessitating the toilet facilities to be present at the venue of the drug test, saliva drug tests offer the convenience of collecting the sample in public posing no embarrassments. Saliva tests make use of a scrub. Scrub is similar to a toothbrush. A swab in the scrub replaces the bristles of a toothbrush. The scrub is dabbed back and forth between the gums and the lower part of the cheek for a couple of minutes and the saliva specimen is collected with ease.

2. The chances of adulteration are very minimal. Since saliva samples can be done in public, the examinee can be asked to collect the specimen in the presence of supervising personnel without violating the individual rights of the examinee. Test samples that are collected in privacy are prone for adulteration. This in turn leads to false test results.

3. The results of the saliva drug tests can be obtained instantly by using test kits available in the market. This is in contrast to the blood tests where a skilled person is required for sample collection. Even after getting the sample, the specimen has to be sent to the laboratory for further testing which in turn requires a lot of time.

4. Saliva drug tests are inexpensive since there is no complex process involved. Blood tests prove to be costly when compared to the saliva tests that are used to detect the presence of cocaine.

5. Saliva tests prove to be the ideal solution when it comes to on-duty screening. When an employer intends to test his employees for the influence of drug while at work, saliva test proves to be the perfect solution under such circumstances. Vehicle drivers can be put to these tests before commencing their trips. This in turn reduces the chances of road accidents effectively saving the lives of many.

The Cons

On a detailed analysis, the saliva drug tests have the following disadvantages associated with them

1. Drug consumption within the past 24 hour period can only be detected via the saliva tests. The examinee’s history of drug consumption cannot be revealed via the saliva tests. If the drug consumption within the last 3 month time frame is to be detected, hair follicle drug test has been proven to be the most viable and practical solution.



28 Responses to “The Pros and Cons of Saliva Drug Testing”

  1. Bill Thornton on July 12th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    My wife is on probation for a offense several years ago. She told me that while out with friends she used cocaine on 07/04/2008, about one gram acording to her. I am wondering if this will show up in a saliva drug test that she has this Monday 07/14/2008 ? This is not a test that has immediate results it is sent to a lab for some sort of testing. There is not much information on here or the web in general regaarding these type of tests. Any help woul dbe appreciated. Thanks, Bill

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  2. Bill Thornton on July 12th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Also she was drinking when she consumed the cocaine. She snorted the drug.

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  3. dsasser on July 14th, 2008 at 8:54 am

    i think she will pass, the saliva test is the cheapest least effective test there is , most companies use it because they dont want anyone to fail

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  4. Bill Thornton on July 14th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks for the response, I am suprised that a probation dept. would use a test if it is not reliable. I know for a fact that some of those people are dangerous. Anyone else have any other input? Thanks.

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    Dan Reply:

    oh shut up….im on probation and im also a convicted felon, for simply possessing a drug for personal use. Does that make me “dangerous”? And what do u care if someone is getting high or not thats their business unless his/her means of obtaining money directly involves you and was illegal. If not, kick rocks bitch.

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  5. Anastasia Coppedge on July 15th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    How much do you love having your wife on this side bars? How much are you going to miss it?

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    Dan Reply:

    as much as you want to hear that she got locked up, she’s not going to cocaine is only detectable in saliva for 1-3 days, so go play chess against yourself or some shit, i don’t know find a life.

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  6. Bill Thornton on July 15th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    I thought this site was for information not Judgement ? Thanks

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  7. dcrdetox on December 12th, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    @Bill
    Just now had a look at your post. For sure, your wife would have definitely passed the saliva test. This test just tells the influence of drug that has happened within the past few hours and not definitely days.

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  8. pink on January 9th, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Well I did some coke on a Saturday night and into Sunday moring I had 2 report to probation Tuesday after noon and was given this same drug test and I failed! This test dose work and now I have an added term to my probation drug classes! I didn’t get thrown in jail thank goodness but now I must see my p.o. Every 2 weeks and she is testing me much more often. I think u were safe with the 10 days but I got cought 48 hours later! Its just not worth it! Probation is only for a short time and at risk of being the party popper just don’t do it. Also I just read on a different sight while coke is only in ur system for 2-3 days the toxin that ur body turns it into is in ur system for much longer up to 30 days and that toxin is what they are realy testing for.

    The metabolite is what they are really testing for, Are you giving urine as your sample. Please let me know on this so that I can tell you more details. The sample that they take really is important
    Regards, DcrDetox
    http://dcrdetox.com/

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    Dan Reply:

    metabolites aren’t detectable in your saliva or blood, but in your urine because it is a waste product. Saliva and blood tests are for current or past recent use only.

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    theman89 Reply:

    you failedd cause you dont brush your teeth

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  9. ellie on March 24th, 2010 at 12:42 am

    man i just got calld for a interview for a good job, and just this weekend i popped a X and smoked alot of weed, i know they are going to do a saliva test, i didnt expect them to call so soon, how do i pass that?

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  10. convert hd video on May 6th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Thanks for your information, i have read it, very good!

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  11. dfsu99 on December 29th, 2010 at 4:04 am

    took a saliva test after using cocaine sunday night on Tuesday night (about 47 hours after last usage) and failed. They sent to tox lab i think b/c they hadn’t failed anyone before. Not sure if it was a bad reading or they just didn’t know how to read a positive test.

    I did about 4 lines of really powerful stuff so we know now that it can take more than a couple days for your saliva to cleanse.

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  12. kimfaunce on January 24th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    i was only clean 32hours for a crackcocaine mouthswab did i pass…

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    robbiegz33 Reply:

    Saliva / oral fluid-based drug tests can generally detect use during the previous few hours to 1–2 days. THC may only be detectable for less than 12 hours in most cases. On site drug tests are allowed per the Department of Labor.[11]
    Detection in saliva tests begins almost immediately upon use of the following substances, and lasts for approximately the following times:
    Alcohol: 6–12 h[12]
    Marijuana and hashish (THC): 12–24 h[12]
    Cocaine (including crack): 1 day[12]
    Opiates: Up to 2–3 days
    Methamphetamine (“Tweak,” “crank,” “ice”) and ecstasy (MDMA,) : Up to 5 to 13 days.
    Benzodiazepines: From time of ingestion up to 2 to 3 days
    Amphetamines 3 days[12]
    Phencyclidine (PCP) 3 days[13]
    NOTE: Saliva tests are poorly sensitive to THC and detection times can vary considerably based on the cutoffs used. In some cases drug use may only be detectable for a few hours.
    Adulteration products are readily available on the Internet to avoid oral fluid detection.

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  13. Sarah on March 21st, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I had a swab test today (Monday) and quit smoking bud Saturday.. also did some codeine Friday but I passed : )

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  14. bigdaddy on May 8th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    how can i bet a salvia test when i take opites I know there is away to bet it i just dont know how

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  15. Psychotherapist Los Angeles on May 31st, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks for the review. Seems like saliva is the easiest and fastest way, but only within the 24hr period. Do you have an article about hair follicle testing?

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  16. Term papers on June 24th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Saliva drug test prove effective only when it is done within 24 hours time.Thank you for telling us the pros and cons of this test.Appreciate it.

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  17. misty on November 27th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    i have a saliva test tomm mid morning uses last 24

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  18. debbie on February 9th, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I smoked cigarettes for many many years and quit cold turkey. I have a saliva test for employment. How long does it take to pass a saliva test. Today is my first day of quitting. I know I can do it because I want this job I’ve applied for but I can be tested in the next week or two. Any Hope.

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  19. chynatiny 51 on December 3rd, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I just coke Friday into Saturday morning like 3am i might have a salvia drug test on Tuesday will i pass

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  20. chynatiny 51 on December 3rd, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Please i need help

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  21. Tracy on December 6th, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I got high today and have drug test on monday its the slyvia test will i be ok?

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  22. Deborah Harmse on January 18th, 2013 at 2:47 am

    I just want to know if my daugther in South Africa make a saliva test and send it here to be tested, because South Africa does not have anybody testing saliva> WILL IT WORK IF SHE SEND IT OR IS THERE A TIME IN WHEN THE TEST NEED TO BE DONE>

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  23. Deborah Harmse on January 18th, 2013 at 2:52 am

    My daugther stays in South Africa and I want her to do a saliva test and want to know if she do the spitting in South Africa and send it here, will it work or how long after the actual spitting it have to be tested. There is know laborotry in South Africa testing saliva.

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