Drug Screening Specialist

New Hope Medical Clinic

Family Practice located in Gastonia, NC

Residents of Gastonia, North Carolina, and its surrounding communities rely on New Hope Medical Clinic to provide a full range of quality medical services, including drug screening. For your convenience, this primary care practice welcomes walk-ins and can provide same-day appointments when necessary. You can count on accurate drug screening results that are delivered quickly via their on-site lab.

Drug Screening Q & A

What is Drug Screening?

Often requested as part of a pre-employment or work physical, drug screening is typically performed by analyzing your urine. The test normally screens for:

  • Amphetamines
  • Methamphetamines
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Barbiturates
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • PCP
  • Methadone
  • Opioids

New Hope Medical Clinic also offers breath alcohol testing. Drug screening results are sent to whoever requested the screening, such as your employer or a legal entity.

Why is Drug Screening Done?

Numerous organizations require pre-employment and ongoing drug screening for their employees to help ensure a drug-free workplace. Courts sometimes issue mandatory, random drug screening if you’re on probation after committing certain crimes, such as driving under the influence or domestic violence.

Because drugs and alcohol can greatly impair your driving ability, chauffeurs, taxi drivers, bus drivers and others who drive with a commercial license are required to obtain random drug screening to keep their job. Pilots, train operators, and most public transportation employees also undergo drug screening.

Drug addiction is very difficult to overcome, and if you’re undergoing treatment for previous drug abuse or alcoholism, you may undergo random screening to help ensure you remain drug-free during therapy.

What is the Drug Screening Test Like?

Urine drug screening is a very simple and painless process. The clinic does take certain precautions to ensure the urine specimen is not tampered with in order to provide the most reliably accurate results.

For instance, you are asked to empty your pockets and leave personal items such as your purse or other belongings outside of the bathroom that’s been prepared for the test. Sometimes, usually due to legal action, a nurse or technician of your gender accompanies you into the bathroom to make sure you follow testing protocols.

Otherwise, you receive a specimen cup to urinate into after you’ve cleaned your genital area as directed. Once you’ve finished, you place a lid on the specimen cup and bring it to the designated technician, who tests the temperature of the specimen before preparing it for testing.

For the BAT or alcohol breath test, your breath is analyzed for the presence of alcohol.

Depending on the organization requesting your drug screening, different testing protocols and analysis methods may be required.