Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to cheat the iCup® drug screen by substituting or adulterating the specimen?

No. The iCup® A.D. contains a specimen validity test or SVT strip that verifies the validity of a specimen. The SVT strip checks for oxidants, specific gravity and pH in the specimen. For example, if someone tries to substitute water for urine, the specific gravity indicator will show an abnormal reading.

How long are the results valid after administering the tests?

The amount of time for results to remain stable varies according to the rapid test device. Please visit our library section or call us directly for more information.

Is there any specific way these products need to be stored? Do they have to be refrigerated?

All drug test devices can be stored at room temperature up to the date of expiration printed on the individual foil pouch. They cannot be stored in extreme heat or cold and must remain sealed in the foil pouch until use.

What is the minimum amount of specimen needed for a conclusive test result?

It is always important to collect a sufficient amount of specimen in case of a non-negative result. The confirmation laboratory requires a minimum of 15mL of specimen but prefers 30mL for urine testing. For saliva, it is 2mL.

Does the product need to be disposed of in any special way, such as a biohazard bag?

Urine and oral drug screens do not pose a biohazard risk and can be disposed of in regular waste receptacles.

Are there products that can be used in the tests to give a false negative? What can be done to avoid this?

Although there are only a small handful of products that can be used to change the result of an impending test, there are validity screens available which can detect these adulterants. Some are integrated into the tests, such as the iCup®, which has built-in adulteration available, and we also have individual adulteration strips.

Do you have to confirm a non-negative result? If so, how is this done?

Instant Technologies, Inc. strongly recommends that a SAMHSA certified laboratory confirm all non-negative results. Please call us directly for assistance.

Are any of your drug tests FDA Cleared?

All of our urine tests have an FDA 510k clearance.

Is there specific training required to administer these drug tests?

Although there is no official training required to administer the tests, Instant Technologies, Inc. does provide procedure cards, instructional videos, drug test interpretation quizzes and certificates of completion free of charge. These instructional materials help you to administer, interpret and if necessary, package a non negative result for confirmation testing.

Are rapid drug tests as accurate as A GC/MS SAMHSA Lab test?

Our drug tests are qualitative, which means it only determines the presence of drugs at detection
limits comparable to SAMHSA cut-off concentration. GC/MS, which costs more, quantifies the
concentration of drugs in the sample. Given the purposes of most drug testing (pre-employment, post-
accident, random) is to detect the presence of drug use and not determine the amounts ingested, our
rapid drug test satisfies the needs of almost all Drug Screening Programs.

What is the shelf life on the rapid drug tests?

Our test devices have a shelf life of 12 to 18 months from the date of manufacture. The expiration
date of each Lot of devices is indicated on each individual foil pouch and can be used until that date.
Upon date of purchase, one should have from 6 to 18 months, to be able to stock and use the product.

Do rapid test results hold up in court?

Rapid drug tests provide only a preliminary analytical test result. A more specific alternate
chemical method must be used in order to obtain a confirmed analytical result- gas chromatography (mass
spectrometry) (GC/MS) is the preferred confirmatory method. Any result taken to court, must be
confirmed by a SAMHSA certified Lab. SAMHSA’s list Of Certified Labs For GC/MS Testing.

Are there any legal medications that can trigger positive results?

Yes. The most common problem is the pseudoephedrine in many over-the-counter sinus and cold
medications, which can cause a positive result for methamphetamine. A GC/MS confirmation as well as a
MRO review is necessary to determine the source of the positive result. Some forms of the drugs we test
for may be available legally under prescription as well.

How accurate are the test results?

Laboratory test results for drugs of abuse have indicated a greater than 97% accuracy when used
according to the step-by-step instructions that are provided with the test.

How long do drugs stay in the system?

Urine Method

 Amphetamines  2-6 days
 Barbiturates  3-8 days
 Benzodiazepines  2-14 days
 Cannabis  14-30 days
 Cocaine  2-5 days
 Ecstasy  1-3 days
 Methadone  2-8 days
 Methamphetamine  2-6 days
 Opiates  2-5 days
 Phencyclidine  3-8 days
 Tricyclic Antidepressants  10 days


Saliva Method

 Amphetamines  up to 72 Hours
 Barbiturates  up to 48 hours
 Benzodiazepines  up to 48 hours
 Cocaine  up to 24 hours
 Marijuana  up to 14 hours
 Methamphetamine  up to 72 hours
 Methadone  up to 48 hours
 Opiates  up to 21 hours
 Ecstasy  up to 48 hours

How long does alcohol stay in the human system?

Up to 12 hours depending on the amount of alcohol consumed.

What are the screening cutoff Levels?

The screening cutoff levels on our tests are consistent with those of SAMHSA.

 Amphetamines  1000 ng/ml
 Barbiturates  300 ng/ml
 Benzodiazepines  300 ng/ml
 Cannabis  50 ng/ml
 Cocaine  300 ng/ml
 Methadone  300 ng/ml
 Methamphetamine  1000 ng/ml
 Opiates  2000 ng/ml
 Phencyclidine  25 ng/ml
 Tricyclic Antidepressants  1000 ng/ml

What is the difference between Methamphetamine and Amphetamine?

Both amphetamine and methamphetamine are potent symphathominetic agents. Methamphetamine is the
parent drug. It metabolizes into amphetamine in the body. Methamphetamine and/or amphetamine are
excreted in the urine.

Are Morphine, Opiates, and Heroin the same kind of drug?

Yes, they are all tested using the Opiates(Rapid Response) or Morphine (Instant-View) test. These
drugs are from the same family of drugs.