Unregulated Dollar Tree Drug Tests: Would You Trust the Results?
Home drug test kits that are unregulated by the FDA can be purchased for one dollar in Pinole. Take our poll and tell us if would trust them.
By Autumn Johnson , Patch Staff
May 16, 2012 4:12 p m PT | Updated May 16, 2012 4:38 p m PT
Parents often struggle with the worry of drug and alcohol use with their children, and this time of year can be especially worrisome with upcoming graduation, parties and summer celebrations. Campaigns about sober graduation go only so far.
Patch discovered that shoppers can buy home drug test kits, that are unregulated by the FDA, for only one dollar at the store on Fitzgerald Drive.
We set out to track down one of these tests and found the blue and green box, with the image of a marijuana leaf, stocked on a shelf in the health and beauty aisle.
We bought the “Easy Screen Home Drug Test” for marijuana usage, for a buck. Are these tests accurate?
The box says the test is “97 percent accurate” with results within five minutes after dipping the single-use strip into a urine sample. It shows a simple plus or minus to tell if the sample is positive or negative for having tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as “THC”) in the body.
The test kit says it is for “over-the-counter and prescription use” with a cutoff of “50ng/mL of Cannabinoids.” (Ng is the abbreviation for a nanogram.)
The package insert reads “Easy Screen test to Federal Guidelines for detection. Other drug test and methods may in fact test to standards and levels higher than Federal Guidelines.”
Patch tried to reach Dollar Tree corporate officials for comment about the Easy Screen drug tests but did not get a call back.
Some drug store chains offer home drug tests for marijuana, methamphetamines, opiates, Ecstacy and cocaine, but those tests run upward of $30 and the sample must be sent out in order to get results.
Jeff Soto of Teen Savers, a manufacturer of home drug test kits, said tests like Easy Screen are not generally reliable.
“Tests like Easy Screen are usually Chinese made. Many aren’t consistent and can vary in the levels they test from box to box in each lot produced,” he said. “A lot of the people buying these products are users themselves who are checking because they have a drug screen coming up at work or something like that.”
Soto said that accurate home drug test kits must go through a rigorous screening and process with the Food and Drug Administration in order to qualify for FDA approval.
Although Patch’s attempts to reach the FDA went unanswered, a search of their website shows that in August 2011, Greenbrier International Incorporated’s EasySCREEN Marijuana Test Strip, for Cannabinoids or THC was waived from regulatory oversight.
According to the FDA website:
“Tests can be categorized as “waived” from regulatory oversite if they meet certain requirements established by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) law. By selecting a Test System Name, you can view the CLIA data for that Test System, including the corresponding 510(K) record, if applicable.”
In order to be considered for waivers per the FDA:
1) Any test listed in the regulation
2) Any test system for which the manufacturer or producer applies for waiver if that test meets the statutory criteria and the manufacturer provides scientifically valid data verifying that the waiver criteria have been met
3) Test systems cleared by the FDA for home use.
A call from Patch to the manufacturer’s customer service department went unanswered.
“The cheap tests can give a parent a false sense of security,” said Soto.
Soto acknowledged that merely having the box of tests present in the home, regardless of the brand, may be a deterrent to using.
At such an attractive price with instant results, the Easy Screen test seems enticing to parents who worry about possible drug use.
Would you trust these kinds of test kits? We invite readers to vote in our poll and/or to leave comments below.
Unregulated Dollar Tree Drug Tests: Would You Trust the Results? – Pinole-Hercules, CA – Home drug test kits that are unregulated by the FDA can be purchased for one dollar in Pinole. Take our poll and tell us if would trust them.
4 Most Accurate Home Drug Tests & 11 Sure Fire Ways to Pass Them!
How to use a home drug test kit to ensure you can pass a drugs test!
There are many ways to pass a drugs test. The most obvious one is….curb your drug use. Yeah, we don’t like that one either. If you’re a stoner, then certain drugs tests, such as hair tests, can reflect traces of THC in a system for up to about 90 days. This can be frustrating, but we’ve got you covered in this extensive article about the various drugs tests available and what you can expect from each.
Read on to learn about some of the options you have for at-home drugs tests as well as some of our tips for how to prepare for and pass at drugs test at work.
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Home drug test kits
1. Dollar Tree THC drug test
The Dollar Tree drug test is popular mainly because it’s so cheap. It is reasonably accurate as well, and, although it is nowhere near to the same standard as a Medical Review Officer (MRO) imposed drugs test, it will give you some idea as to whether or not your urine is coming up positive or negative. Considering how cheap these things are, it’s almost pointless NOT to take one of these tests if you have a drugs test coming up, just to give you some more confidence about what type of test results you should expect.
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2. UTest-O-Meter 5 Level THC Marijuana home drug test strips
Testing kit from Ütest, photo: @ vaporreviewblog
These test strips will never be as accurate as MRO test screens. However, they should give you a good indication as to whether you will fail the real one, and then you can prepare accordingly. You may be wondering how long it takes to pass one of these 20 ng/ml drugs tests. If you’re a non-regular stoner, it should be out of your system within 4 days. If you’re a regular stoner, it may take up to a week. It can take even longer than this, depending on the method of testing. THC can stay in hair follicles for up to 90 days, so if you see your tester get the tweezers out.
With a Utest-o-Meter test strip, you can get an idea of what you’re up against when it comes to the real-deal, laboratory confirmation drug tests.
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3. Walgreens drugs test accuracy
Walgreens also has a massive selection of testing kits on their website . They have very good ratings, but accuracy is always the most important thing. There’s simply no way these home drug tests will ever be as accurate as sending samples to a lab for confirmation testing, and, therefore, even if you manage to pass a home drug test, you won’t necessarily pass an MRO drug test.
Walgreens’ highest-rated drug testing product is their drugconfirm instant drug testing kit. Although they’re not as accurate as an MRO test, they normally will show whether a drug (provided the test actually measures for it) is present in a urine sample. The test strip is not wildly inaccurate, they’re just not completely accurate either. Over the counter drugs tests are only good for self-assessment, or even to test your kids (which some parents do).
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4. THC Test kit
THC kits can be a good way to test your system before your MRO drugs test, photo: @theganjagurus
THC test kits are kits that are specifically testing whether or not your urine, hair, saliva, or blood, contains THC. This is the chemical in cannabis that makes you feel high, and if it’s present in an MRO drugs test you will fail the test with a “positive result”. This is why a lot of people decide to do over the counter drugs tests before their actual drugs test, because if they fail that, they’re likely to fail their actual MRO test. It is always worth checking with a home drug test kit before you get tested at work. There are also ‘quickscreen’ at-home drug tests, usually urine tests, which give you test results incredibly quickly. This can be important, as some people need to know almost immediately if a drugs test is going to pick anything up in their system.
How long is THC in your system?
THC at-home drug test, photo: @drmarge18
This question depends on which method of testing you’re subjected to. However, in general, THC can stay in your system for a pretty long time:
- 30-45 days can fail a urine drug test for THC
- 60-75 days can fail for a THC blood test
- up to 90 days can fail for a hair follicle drug test looking for moderate to high THC levels
Please bear in mind that this is the absolute maximum, and should not be taken to mean that if you’ve smoked cannabis in the last 30 days, you will automatically fail a urine test for THC. It is completely dependent on how much you smoke and on your body. The drugs test itself is not testing for marijuana, but for THC metabolites, which every body breaks down differently.
How long is THC in your urine?
Please do not use this as an EXACT guide, as it really depends on your weight and on your body.
If my home drugs test is positive, how will I pass my drugs test?
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, there are many ways to pass a drugs test if you are a stoner. The absolute best way, guaranteed, to pass a drugs test, is to cease from smoking weed after you start applying for jobs. This is less than ideal for some people, particularly if you’re using medical marijuana. If you don’t have any other choice, read on for how to pass a drugs test.
External factors affecting an at-home drugs test
We couldn’t agree more! Photo: @ mycrazybeautifulworld
There are many different factors which can affect the accuracy of a drugs test. This is one of the main reasons that companies use MROs instead of simply implementing the tests themselves. It is, therefore, difficult to say, for example, the accuracy of a saliva drugs test at home. If done by an MRO, a saliva drugs test accuracy will be very high. At home, it will be much lower, mainly because of the 4 main points which can affect a drugs test:
- Was the collection done during the window of detection?
- Are there any other medicines present in the body that may affect test outcome? Some drug combinations will give a false positive.
- Is the sample free from contaminants? This is very important.
- Is the urine the right temperature (between 96-99 degrees Fahrenheit, or around 35 degrees c)?
If you cannot truly answer yes or no in the correct way for each of these questions, then doing an at-home drugs test is completely pointless. These drugs tests may be fairly accurate if the test itself is performed in the correct way, but if they’re not, then you may as well not do the test.
How do I know if I’ve failed a drugs test?
When you’re looking at the results of your drugs test, you’re hoping for one bold line and one faint line. If you can see a faint line, and you’re asking yourself, “faint line on drugs test? How will I pass my lab test!” Then don’t worry too much, you actually want to see the two lines. One single bold or faint line, however, and you’re probably in trouble. If you do see the dreaded single line, then you will most likely have to use one of the methods at the top of this article, or you may have to use Niacin. The best way to pass a drugs test is to prepare for it. If you’ve already seen that you have failed your at-home drugs test, then at least now you can prepare for the real MRO drugs test.
Niacin flush detox and how it can help you pass a drugs test – How to use Niacin to flush marijuana out of your system
Taking Niacin can help flush your system of chemicals, photo: @artoros
Many people wonder if Niacin actually does flush the system, and, if it does, how? Niacin flush is a method that is argued to clear out traces of chemicals from your body in a shorter amount of time than is normally possible. It does this by increasing the rate in which the body breaks down fats, and should allow people to pass a drug test in a smaller amount of time than usual.
How much Niacin should I take to pass a drugs test?
There is a problem, however, and that is it’s hard to predict whether the pills will work. The method is completely reliant on your metabolism, and will, therefore, work for some people and not for others. If you have a higher % of body fat, then the method is more likely to fail. Another thing to know is that Niacin is incredibly dangerous, particularly for your life. NEVER take more than 300mg of Niacin, as this can pose a serious health risk. If you do manage to dose properly, about one pill every 6 hours for 3 days, you’ll pass the drug test 80% of the time according to reports . Taking Niacin is probably the best way to pass a drugs test, but it can be dangerous, so be careful!
How does a drugs test actually work?
A drugs test is NOT testing for marijuana in your system. They are, in fact, testing for THC-COOH. This is the metabolite of cannabis, which is stored in your body fat. This is why drugs tests can test for cannabis, which was smoked such a long time ago. How much THC-COOH is stored in your body after smoking, and for how long, is dependent on how much you smoke, and also your body fat percentage. You should be most worried about a drugs test if your body fat percentage is high, and you’re an everyday toker. Most cannabinoids are lipophillic (fat soluble) which are compounds that are easily stored in fat. This is the main reason that they have such a long elimination half-life, relative to other recreational drugs. If you’re concerned about failing a drugs test for a dream job, it’s simple really, just give up smoking for a month. This is the main, safe, reliable, method of passing a THC drugs test. Don’t bother thinking of what to use to pass a drugs test, just take a month off. It’s really not that hard, especially as marijuana is not physically addictive.
Hair testing for THC
Hair drug test fast facts, photo: @hairdrugdetox
How to pass a hair drug test and what to use:
There are only 4 ways to pass a hair drugs test:
Count ’em! Photo: @thetaylormartina
- Wait to detox naturally: you will need to wait at least 110 days after smoking marijuana before taking the test. Thus, if you’re planning on going on the hunt for a new job you should simply quit smoking 4 months ahead of time. Sounds painful, but it’s really not as hard as it sounds.
- Trust your luck. Please don’t actually do this, but if you haven’t done any preparation for a hair drugs test and you have one tomorrow, this is basically your only option.
- Use a hair detox product. There are many different shampoos that you can use to try to remove the drugs from your hair follicle. There are many many of these products, but one good one would be Ultra Clean Shampoo. Whether it actually works is difficult to say, and you’re essentially trusting your future career in a product that could be snake oil.
- Shave ALL of your hair off and then claim that your boyfriend or girlfriend likes you fully shaven. This will look absolutely bizarre, and will raise a few eyebrows (except yours, because you won’t have any) but this is a good way to postpone and maybe even to pass a hair follicle drugs test.
The best ways to pass a drugs test can be easily summed up as follows:
- Take a detoxing product such as Niacin, but be careful!
- Keep up an exercise routine
- Drink a lot of fluids like water, juice or tea
- Take mineral supplements
- Maintain a high-fibre, healthy diet
- Use dilution of the urine
- Buy synthetic urine
- Use someone else’s urine
- Go to a sauna
- Use diuretics
- Take aspirin
There are other methods that will help you pass as well; it’s all dependent on which type of drugs test you will be subjected to. If you already know which drugs test you are going to have to take, then you can buy a home drug test kit to do a preliminary test. If you fail this test, you have the benefit of knowing what to expect and you can prepare for it accordingly.
Drugs tests are a fact of life for many folks out there and they probably always will be. As science evolves that gives employers a chance to test in different ways, but it also gives tokers a way to prepare in different ways. So here’s to being prepared for whichever test comes your way and to keeping the job that helps you afford your smoking habit!
Written by Hamish:
Do you have experience with drugs tests? Questions or suggestions are welcome in the comments below!
As science evolves, employers have a chance to test employees in different ways, but it also gives tokers a way to prepare strategically. So here's to being prepared for whichever test comes your way and to keeping the job that helps you afford your smoking habit!