Frequently Asked Questions About Oral Fluid Drug Testing

What are the advantages to using oral fluid as a specimen type?

It is important to recognize the difference associated with testing for drugs-of-abuse using oral fluid verses urine. Oral fluid as a specimen type can detect drug use within minutes of consumption, whereas urine requires the ingested substances to be metabolized by the liver before detection. This is a process that can take hours. The ability to detect recent use means employers can determine fit-for-duty much more quickly and easily. 

Oral fluid sample collection can be witnessed, which decreases the chances of adulteration. Sample collection is non-invasive and does not cause dignity or issues with collectors/donors of opposing gender. 

  • Screens for recent use, does not address lifestyle/historical use
  • No known adulterates
  • Witness collection
  • Results within minutes
  • Less invasive: no dignity or gender issues
  • Laboratory and MRO supported

What drug classes does the DrugTest 5000 detect and what are the cutoff levels? 

AMPAmphetamine50 ng/ml
METMethamphetamine35 ng/ml
COCCocaine20 ng/ml
OPIMorphine20 ng/ml
THC△9-tetrahydrocannabinol5 ng/ml
BZDBenzodiazepines15 ng/ml

The standard 6-panel oral fluid test from Dräger includes the drug classes listed above. The following additional test panel configurations are also available by request:

5-Panel Test (removes Benzodiazepines)
7-Panel Test (adds Methadone)
8-Panel test (adds Methadone and Ketamine)


What are the detection windows of the different drug classes? 

Detection window comparison between oral fluid and urine.
All time periods are approximate and can vary based on numerous factors.

What is the procedure for non-negative results?

Any non-negative result from the Dräger device should be confirmed by an independent lab and medical review officer (MRO), then handled per your company policy. SBL guides you through the entire process and provides an easy to use and secure web portal to receive final results.


Why should my company work with SBL Testing Technologies for our drug testing needs?

SBL’s team of experts have real-world industry experience and are ready to help you at any stage in your drug and alcohol testing program. We offer flexible lease and purchase options, tailored to your companies’ needs. Our online administrator certification training programs tracks your team’s training, and we walk you through the non-negative lab/MRO through every step from obtaining a second sample to retrieving your results from the secure online portal.

Do you have a device rental program?

SBL offers the DrugTest 5000 and AlcoTest 6820 for purchase as well as rental. There are a variety of rental options and pricing depending on the length of the contract and quantity of units. All annual maintenance costs are included in the rental pricing. Contact us for a quote.

What maintenance is required for the devices?

The DrugTest 5000 requires an annual maintenance. The AlcoTest 6820 requires calibration every 6 months. Both of these services are to be performed by an authorized technician.

Does SBL have experts available to present to my organization?

Yes! We present oral fluid drug testing technology to organizations, companies, and at special events across North America. Please contact us to book a presentation for your company or event.

Am I able to review scientific validation studies regarding the accuracy of the DrugTest 5000?

Yes. Dräger has published a wealth of independently-verified scientific validation studies for the DrugTest 5000.
Please contact us for further information.

I have an existing vendor of choice. Do you work with other distributors?

Yes, we work with partner distributors all across Canada. Contact us to see if we support a specific vendor in your area.