Whether for testing at home or at the workplace, what makes a good drug test kit is the accuracy of the product, how fast it generates results and the number of different drugs it tests for (more important in workplaces).
In this blog post, we have come up with five of the best drug test kits available for purchase from Andatech and delivered right to your doorstep. Before exploring these products, we’ll explain what makes a good drug test kit.
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What makes a good drug test kit?
A good drug test kit is characterised by its accuracy, compliance with governing bodies’ guidelines, ease of use, and, for workplace use, the number of different drug groups that can be detected from a single test. Below is a breakdown of these characteristics.
Accuracy and compliance
The most important characteristic of a drug test kit is its accuracy. A good drug test kit should be able to accurately detect the presence of any drugs up to a certain level. Australian Standard has identified cut-off levels for certain drugs in its guidelines. Products that follow these guidelines are known to be more reliable than those that do not.
Ease of use
Generally, oral or saliva drug test kits are easier to use than urine drug test kits due to their non-invasive nature and ease of extracting a saliva sample. Privacy is an aspect that is more important for workplaces than it is for home use. Because of this, many employers prefer oral drug test kits as the sample extraction process is quicker.
Number of drug groups detected
With many different illicit drugs being used, it’s ideal for test kits to be able to detect multiple different drug groups for better all-around safety. Some drug test kits may only detect specific drug groups, whereas drug test kits from Andatech can detect up to 15 different drug groups within a single sample.
Top five drug test kits for home or workplace use
With the characteristics highlighted above, we’ve come up with some of the best drug test kits that can be used at home or at the workplace. The list below contains both urine and saliva drug test kits, which are used to detect up to 15 different drug groups depending on the product.
DrugSense DSO8 Plus - Best saliva drug test kit
Andatech’s flagship saliva drug test kit detects up to eight different drug groups and alcohol. This drug test kit is easy to administer. Saliva samples can be extracted using the extraction sponge that can be removed from the top of the testing kit and screwed back in once the saliva sample has been extracted.
Once done, simply screw the extraction sponge back into the testing cup and read the results in 10 minutes. The DSO8 Plus has been verified for compliance with cut-off levels specified by Australian Standard AS4760 for saliva drug test kits.
Drugs detected: amphetamines, benzodiazepines, opiates, cocaine, oxycodone, marijuana, synthetic marijuana (K2), methamphetamines and alcohol.
DrugSense OraScan Saliva drug test analyser - Best digital drug test kit
The DrugSense OraScan drug test analyser needs to be used with the OraScan saliva cassette. This digital drug test analyser can read results from the OraScan cassette and display them on its large 4.3-inch touch screen. It also comes with a built-in printer to print results on the go.
Drugs detected: amphetamines, benzodiazepines, opiates, cocaine, oxycodone, marijuana, synthetic marijuana (K2), and methamphetamines.
DrugSense DSU11 - Best urine drug test kit
This urine drug test kit from Andatech effectively detects 11 different drug groups and alcohol through a single urine sample. The unit is tamper-proof and complies with cut-off limits mentioned in AS/NZS4308:2008 for urine drug test kits.
Once a urine sample has been deposited, seal the testing cup with the cap provided and read the results after five minutes.
Drugs detected: amphetamines, benzodiazepines, opiates, cocaine, oxycodone, marijuana, synthetic marijuana (K2), methamphetamines, barbiturates, methadone, ketamine and alcohol.
Maxi Clear 15 - Detects the most number of drugs
Similar to the DrugSense DSO8 Plus, the Maxi Clear 15 urine drug test kit has also been verified for compliance with Australian Standard AS4308:2008 for urine drug test kits. Apart from the detection of drugs, the test cup also detects adulterants, including oxidants, specific gravity, pH levels, nitrite, glutaraldehyde and creatinine.
Just like the DSU11, simply deposit a urine sample, close the sample cup and read the results after five minutes.
Drugs detected: amphetamines, buprenorphine, propoxyphene, phencyclidine, MDMA, fentanyl, benzodiazepines, opiates, cocaine, oxycodone, marijuana, methamphetamines, barbiturates, methadone, and ketamine.
SureStep™ 6-in-1 EZ Split - Best home drug test kit
The SureStep drug test kit detects six different major drug groups in a mere five minutes. This unit also complies with Australian Standard AS4308:2008 for urine drug test kits and has the unique feature of delaying the drug screening process. This is done by inserting the provided key into the unit’s socket to begin the screening process.
Drugs detected: amphetamines, benzodiazepines, opiates, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines.
Why choose Andatech drug test kits
Andatech has a wide variety of urine and saliva drug test kits that are suitable for workplace and home use. Drug test kits under Andatech are also known to comply with cut-off levels specified by Australian Standards, with some units being verified for compliance with Australian Standard guidelines (AS4760 and AS4308).
Andatech provides free consultation to help you choose the best type of drug test kit to meet your drug testing needs, with discounts provided for bulk purchases.
Browse our entire catalogue of accurate drug test kits to help create a safer environment.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for general reference only. Please seek advice from professionals according to your business’s needs.
Written by Wafi Rashid