Sweat Patch Testing
Sweat patch drug testing is an effective method for administering 24/7 substance abuse monitoring. Sweat patch drug testing is often used in a judicial setting that requires 24/7 monitoring.
Did you know?
- Sweat patches are unaffected by passive drug exposure. Being in the presence of someone using drugs will not lead to a positive test for the wearer.
- Diluting bodily fluids with water is not an effective method for tampering with a sweat patch. Instead, drinking excessive water will trigger additional sweating, thereby increasing the concentration of drugs absorbed by the patch
- As they age, sweat patches collect shedding skin cells. These absorbed skin cells will eventually causes the patch to lose its stickiness, but usually not before the patch is worn for 7-10 days.
How does it work?
The sweat patch is worn 24/7 by the individual being tested for 7-14 days. ARCpoint Labs of Irving applies the sweat patch, which is associated with a certain number.
The patch must be left on at all times. The waterproof patch is tamper-evident; if it’s removed, it cannot be reapplied
If drugs are used while the patch is on, the sweat that is collected in the patch will show traces of an abused substance(s). There is no way to “trick” this system and or to prevent drugs or alcohol from entering the sweat glands. The patch may be used to test for:
When the patch needs changed, an ARCpoint Labs of Irving collector will remove the patch, match it up with the correct number to send to the lab (for testing will be performed on the used sweat patch). A new patch will be reapplied, if necessary.
Results can often be returned within a few business days.
Who is the sweat patch for?
Anyone can request a sweat patch drug test, however it is most commonly used for criminals on probation and employees with a history of drug use.
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