What Are Adulterants:
Adulterants are chemicals, liquids or any agents that one can place in a sample submitted for drugs of abuse testing that will alter the results of the test. Research has proven in hundreds of articles that adulteration actually works. See Table below.
There are 2 main types of adulteration. In Vivo and in Vitro:
In Vivo: This would be the consumption of large amounts of water or other liquids prior to submission of a sample for drug testing that would cause the sample to be very dilute in an attempt to lower the drug concentration so the sample will pass the drug test. There are other types of in vivo types of adulteration where a solution claiming to alter the drug test may be ingested. However, these types of products are suspect and there is no real Peer Review Research to support it's efficacy.
In Vitro: This would be the addition of a foreign substance to a saliva, urine or hair sample prior to submitting the sample for drug testing. Examples would be the use of Meat Tenderizer (active substance proteolytic enzymes, papain) which has shown in Peer Review Research to be very effective for altering the result of THC in urine. Another adulterant would be the addition of hand soap to a sample prior to submitting it for drug testing which would alter the drug test results as well. There are dozens of types of adulterants that can be used in this manner. Sciteck which was the first to ever develop, market and manufacture products to detect this type of adulteration have a complete line of reagents that will detect virtually every adulterant used. Sciteck keep a proactive vigilant eye towards this market and technology to stay on top of the ever evasive user of adulterants.
How they work and what assays and testing methods they affect. The following Adulteration Chart was developed to help in obtaining a better understanding of Adulterants effects on drug testing reagents, assay, calibrators controls and collection methods and techniques.
SVT™ (Specimen Validity Testing) was an original trademark of Sciteck and / or it's Scientist and is interchangeable with Adulterants.
A lot of Adulterants are over-the-counter products one could purchase at a grocery or drug store. Not all laboratories run assays for adulteration testing. Check with yours to make sure that your drug testing laboratory checks for Adulterants in urine, saliva (oral fluid), or hair. The latest adulterant that is currently in use and has been validated effective by Peer Review Research is the use of papain containing products such as meat tenderizers.
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