How To Read An iCup Drug Test


By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist

You’ve collected the correct specimen amount and you are about to see the results. The good news is that you have already done the hard part, collecting the sample. Now that the lid is screwed on tight, you placed the security seal over the lid along with signing your initials and date it; all that’s left is to pull open the label to reveal the results. Administering this test really isn’t difficult at all, it’s important to know how to read the iCup drug test cup results.

The results should show up in about 5 minutes (or less) if everything has gone well. By that, I mean if no tampering of any kind has been done. No matter what the configurations you are testing for, the results panel should be displaying a line next to the letter “C” (which stands for control) to tell you the test is running fine. If a line does not appear next to the control, then you must presume the test as invalid and try a new iCup drug test.

However, it’s a little different when you look at the drug results. Based on if the drugs you are testing for are in the sample, you want to see a line next to the drug abbreviation, as it means negative. If you do NOT see any lines appear next to the drug abbreviation on the test strip, that means the sample is non-negative (a.k.a. positive) for that drug.

Another question that may pop into your mind may be “Does a faint line mean there is some drug present in the urine?” Yes it does! The presence of a test line, regardless of how faint, indicates a negative result. Even if there is some drug in the urine, if the line is present, the urine does have the MINIMUM amount of drug needed, therefore it should be considered positive. To settle any confusion, try performing the test again.

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When you perform an icup drug test, a minimum amount of a drug substance is needed to be present in the specimen for the drug test considers a positive result. With some drugs, a minimum amount could very well be high, like amphetamines (1000ng/mL). On the other hand, other drugs that possess the minimum amount may end up relatively low, like marijuana (50ng/mL). Therefore creating the confusing result.

With that being said, it brings up another reminder that if you have a drug test device that detects a wide variety of drugs (more than four); please understand that some strips might display more than a single drug result. In other words, you might see three or four drugs per strip, depending on the configuration you are using.

Know more about Rapid Detect: The Rapid Detect BlogHow To Read An iCup Drug Test

 

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