Geraldton drug testing hits the skids

Which is better, urine drug testing or saliva drug testing for your workplace? A rise in fake pee incidences further boosts the case for the saliva method.

According to an article in The West Australian, a Geraldton man has had his bail revoked after allegedly trying to cheat on urine drug testing.

While there is little detail in the article, it’s important to note that the incident doesn’t involve roadside drug testing in Geraldton. As with the rest of Western Australia and indeed Australia, drug tests are completed using saliva samples. The incident relates to bail conditions and likely required the Geraldton man to pass a urine drug test to show that he hadn’t used drugs in the recent past.

There are a couple of important things to note here about the incident in Geraldton:

  1. Saliva drug testing detects recent drug use, and therefore impairment, while urine drug tests can show drug use over a longer period. This is one of the reasons why Integrity Sampling recommends saliva samples over urine. After-all, drug testing is about safety.
  2. As we’ve highlighted before, it is possible to cheat on a urine drug test. Generally this involves using detox kits (which don’t work), using another person’s urine, diluting urine (which can be detected), or using other products (might as well take snake oil!). However, you should never try to cheat a drug test. While you may get away with it, generally you won’t and the consequences can be more significant than if you took the test and failed. Incidently, it is virtually impossible to cheat on saliva drug testing.

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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