Learn About Drug Screening Services

What is Drug Screening About?

Before joining a company or before getting hired somewhere, a person often needs to prove that he/she doesn’t do drugs. This is often an essential part of the employment process that most employees will have to go through. At Circle Urgent Care, we have a dedicated drug screening staff that performs the tests without you feeling uncomfortable. Rather than getting drug screening done from the company and feeling awkward, a person should get it done on his/her own.

How is a Typical Drug Screening Performed?

A drug test is often performed when a person is in the employment process or is suspected of abusing illegal substances. In any case, a drug test is usually performed by a urine test. Generally, this is the most efficient way of getting to know whether or not a person uses drugs.

Many workplaces and institutions have made drug testing mandatory to protect the environment and people of that place. Undoubtedly, having an employee that abuses illegal substances can cause health and work risks. That’s why a drug test either by the authority itself or by a personal doctor is performed.

There are several reasons why companies perform drug tests on employees. Here are just a few:

  • Protect other employees.
  • Maintain a healthy and efficient work environment.
  • Keeping people away from drug abuse.
  • To prevent hiring drug addicts in the organization.
  • Follow state rules and regulations.

Why Is Drug Screening Necessary?

When getting employed somewhere new, the authorities of that place must verify that you do not have a history of drugs or any other disease that could impede your work or jeopardize the safety of yourself and the employees. That’s why organizations want the reports of drug screening, either done by them or by a healthcare center.

Different Techniques of Drug Screening

Circle Urgent Care has professional and experienced doctors that perform drug tests using different methods that produce accurate results, saving you time and money. Since there are different methods of performing a drug test, it is important to be aware that not all of the methods are effective.


Urine sample is the most common and highly accurate way of testing a person for drugs. There are two stages of testing that ensures that the result comes out accurate. Some people might not be comfortable in going with this technique, but at Circle Urgent Care, we respect people’s feelings and make them feel comfortable about the test.


Another type of drug test method is by drawing blood and then testing that blood sample. Blood test is highly accurate because it tells the exact amount of drug present in a person’s blood. This method gives results right away and if taken too long, the results may differ from reality. The drug only remains in our blood for a very short period of time and transfers to urine. A blood specimen gives exact results for presence of toxic substances.


The police department frequently utilizes this method of drug testing to assess individuals for alcohol consumption. A person needs to blow air into a breath-alcohol device that shows results within seconds.
This device generates a reading known as the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), which indicates the quantity of alcohol consumed by a person recently.


Another technique of drug test is to check and examine hair of a person. Hair-drug test doesn’t give present results but shows the history of drug use by a person. This method sees limited usage due to its time-consuming nature and the absence of recent results.


To measure the presence of drugs in sweat, individuals have a skin patch or bandage-like device attached to their skin. The adhesive property of the bandage determines the result. The sweat test often consumes a considerable amount of time, as individuals undergoing the test are required to wear the bandage for an extended period.


Another commonly performed method of drug testing is by drawing a saliva sample from the inner cheek. This method of testing is highly effective to detect use of drugs like weed and cocaine. Also, a saliva test tells about the most recent consumption of drugs.

Pre Employment vs. Post Employment Offer Drug Screening

Companies need to retain and satisfy their employees up to a maximum. When it comes to that, Human Resources need to ensure that they have a productive and a safe environment for their employees to perform optimally. To ensure productivity, employers should make sure that the physical capabilities of the employees they hire align with the work they assign them.

Pre Employment Testing

In this traditional testing method, the candidates who have applied for a specific job undergo testing. In some cases, employers can utilize these tests to further narrow down the pool of applicants. Pre employment testing does not involve any medical examinations.

Post Employment Offer Testing

Post employment offer testing provides employers with a much better overview of a candidate as opposed to the pre employment testing. This is because the prior helps in analyzing how efficient a candidate will be in their respective jobs and whether they will be facing any issues or health problems later on.

In some of the cases, the post employment offer testing will prove to be more expensive because in case of a medical test it will require the availability of professional medical staff. However, Post employment offer testing provides greater benefits to the employer in the long term since the better the candidate that they hire, the greater their overall efficiency and productivity will be.

Many often state that the least costly situation for a company is to prevent injuries from occurring altogether. This is exactly what post employment testing offers to organizations.

Our Drug and Alcohol Testing Services

Working with Circle Urgent Care for drug and alcohol testing is easy, accurate and efficient. We are a responsive business partner for all of your company’s drug and alcohol screening needs, Offering in-house laboratory testing so there is no need to send samples off to an outside vendor, thus saving time and money, as well as faster turnarounds. We specialize in:

  • Urinalysis Screening
  • Hair Follicle Drug Testing
  • BATS (Breathe Alcohol Testing)
  • Blood Testing: 3, 5 & 7 panel testing is available
  • Court Ordered Testing
  • Employer Drug & Alcohol Testing
  • Random Drug & Alcohol Testing

Many businesses choose to partner with Circle Urgent Care for not only their drug and alcohol screenings, but for our comprehensive occupational medicine services. We are here to serve!

*Please note:

Some specimens may be sent out to a lab for processing.

If you require a specific type of drug testing services, please contact our center for specific information.

Not all testing services may be available. Contact the urgent care center for more specifics.