Drug Detection Times for Cocaine in Saliva

Drug Detection Times for Cocaine in Saliva

What is a Saliva Drug Test?

Saliva drug tests are a quick and easy way to test for drugs. They can be used in the workplace, at home, or even at an event. The saliva drug test is so simple to use that it can be completed in only three minutes.

A saliva drug test is a rapid and convenient way for employers to screen potential employees for illegal drugs during pre-employment screenings, as well as during random drug testing procedures. It also provides a quick and accurate method of screening existing employees who may have been using drugs outside of work hours.

Saliva tests are also popular among private individuals who want to check if they are using any substances that could be harmful to their health or even if they have been drinking alcohol while driving or operating heavy machinery.

An oral fluid drug test kit is an effective tool for detecting the presence of cocaine in saliva. It is a rapid, non-invasive, and easy-to-use alternative to blood and urine tests. These tests often used as the first choice method for workplace drug testing. Cocaine is a drug that will appear on most multi-panel drug tests due to its frequent use as a recreational drug. In the UK, Cocaine is a Class A drug.

Drug Detection Times for Cocaine in Saliva

The drug detection times for cocaine are determined by the concentration of cocaine in saliva. The concentration levels are measured in nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL). The cut-off levels for oral fluid tests vary depending on the type of test kit used, but typically are set at 20 ng/mL for the detection of cocaine, and this is the international standard used in the UK, Europe and the USA.

Oral fluid drug detection times can vary depending on a number of factors such as:

1) How long it has been since the person last used drugs
2) How much cocaine was consumed
3) What type of drug test was used

Using an industry standard saliva drug test, such as the Zoom Testing 3-in-1 saliva drug test kit, the detection time for cocaine is typically up to 1-2 days after last use.

Drug Detection Times for Drugs in Saliva

The table below shows the general detection times for all drugs when using a saliva drug test kit.

Name of Drug Code Detection Period Cut off:
Alcohol ALC Real time 0.02%BAC
Amphetamines AMP 2-3 Days 50ng/mL
Benzodiazepines BZO 2-3 Days 50ng/mL
Buprenorphine BUP 2-3 Days 10ng/mL
Cannabis THC 8-12 Hours 12ng/mL
Cocaine COC 1-2 Days 20ng/mL
Cotinine COT 1-2 Days 20g/mL
Ecstasy MDMA 2-3 Days 50ng/mL
Methadone MEP 8-12 Hours 30ng/mL
Methamphetamine mAMP 2-3 Days 50ng/mL
Opiates OPI 7-21 Hours 40ng/mL
Oxycodone OXY 2-3 Days 50ng/mL
Phencyclidine PCP 12-24 Hours 10ng/mL
Spice (Synthetic Cannabis) K2/Spice Up to 48 Hours 25ng/mL

Photo by Leighann Blackwood on Unsplash

Zoom Testing is a leading UK drug testing company and a supplier of Drug Test Kits.

This post was originally published in July 2022

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