Can you beat saliva drug testing?

Can you beat drug testing at work or at home? Now might not be the best time to ask!

One of the frequent questions we get asked is ‘Can you beat drug testing?’. Now, while some people may raise their eyebrows at the question and wonder what illegal substance the person asking has been taking lately, we do our best to keep a straight face and consider that the question may be a scientific one or simply a curious thought.

So, what is the answer? Can you beat drug testing and, to be more specific, can you beat saliva drug testing, which is Integrity Sampling’s method of choice?

Firstly, let’s have a look at what a search on Google throws up on potential ways of beating drug testing. They include:

  • Presuming you are facing urine drug testing rather than saliva drug testing, search results would suggest you could drink lots of water to dilute your urine. How much water? Well, one post suggests around eight litres of the stuff. Now, apart from the dangers of drinking this much water (yes, you can actually die from drinking too much H2O) there’s little evidence it will work and is likely to be impractical. Can you imagine being called up for random drug testing at work and slugging down four or more water bottles while waiting in line?
  • If you’re the one that’s taken drugs recently, what about simply substituting your urine? For example, you could substitute your urine for another person’s. This method could actually work, however, if the person conducting the testing is paying any attention, it won’t and is likely to land you (and your mate) in more trouble than if you took the test yourself and failed. There’s even some ‘research’ that suggests you can substitute your urine for another product, such as niacin, bleach, vinegar and commercial products made for the job. If this sounds too good to be true, there’s a reason!

The other thing to note from these ‘solutions’ is that they involve urine drug testing. If you’re facing saliva drug testing, the method recommended by Integrity Sampling, that’s another matter. There’s really no way to beat saliva drug testing, because it’s easily supervised and analysis is done straight away using a test unit. Follow up testing will then be done to confirm the initial results.

The only way to beat saliva drug testing is to run away if you’re at work or drive away if you’re facing roadside drug testing, and we definitely wouldn’t recommend that!

So, how can you beat drug testing? Simple, don’t take drugs in the first place or if you are planning on taking drugs, make sure you’re not going to work or driving for a good length of time.

How long is enough time? This is where saliva drug testing will benefit you. For example, with cannabis, the drug can be detected in your system using urine for up to 30 days. For saliva drug testing, it’s around eight to 12 hours, which is another reason why we prefer saliva over urine – it’s a much more accurate test of sobriety and therefore a more accurate test of whether you are safe to work or drive.

More information on saliva drug testing

For more information on saliva drug testing and why we recommend it for most workplaces, contact Integrity Sampling by phoning 1300 725 482.


Can you beat drug testing at work or at home? Now might not be the best time to ask!

By Michael

Michael is the founder of Integrity Sampling and is responsible for overseeing all national operations. He is based at Integrity Sampling's head office in Melbourne and is also responsible for the co-ordination of drug and alcohol testing within Victoria, assisting in the implementation of drug and alcohol (fit for work) policies and the presentation of drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. You can connect with Michael Wheeldon on LinkedIn

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