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What Is Fingerprint Drug Testing?

Fingerprint drug testing from Intelligent Fingerprinting is an on-the-spot, 10-minute test that works by analysing fingerprint sweat to screen for recent use of drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, opiates, and methamphetamine. Here are some of its benefits:

Quick and easy – fingerprint sample collection in seconds, on-screen results in 10 minutes

Hygienic – non-invasive and non-biohazardous

Portable and dignified – for simple, non-intrusive testing anytime, almost anywhere

Cost-effective and efficient – enables rapid in-house testing without special facilities or specialist staff, saving time and money

One-stop solution – laboratory confirmation service also available

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How Does It Work?

Our fingerprint drug screening system is quick and easy to use. Sample collection takes less than a minute and results are available on-the-spot using the DSR-Plus, which reads the Cartridge and displays a positive or negative result for each drug in the test in just ten minutes. Our system comprises:

Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening Cartridges – For fast fingerprint sample collection and detection of multiple drug groups

Intelligent Fingerprinting DSR-Plus Reader – Portable, for analysis of the Drug Screening Cartridge, providing on-screen results in 10 minutes

Fingerprint Collection Kit for Laboratory Analysis – For secondary lab-based confirmation testing, if required

We also supply breath alcohol tests for customers who prefer to use a single provider for all their drug and alcohol testing needs.

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How Does Fingerprint Testing Compare?

We believe that fingerprint-based drug tests offer a more convenient, hygienic and pleasant approach to testing than traditional methods involving urine or saliva samples. This comparison table shows how different drug testing approaches measure up across a number of key criteria:

Fingerprint Drug ScreeningOral Fluid (Saliva) Drug ScreeningUrine Drug Screening
Fingerprint drug testing is completely non-invasive. To provide a sample, all ten fingerprints are pressed, in succession, onto the fingerprint drug screening cartridge.Oral fluid tests require saliva to be collected from the mouth via a swab, as well as pre-test monitoring to ensure the person being tested doesn’t eat, drink, smoke or gargle beforehand.Urine tests can be invasive of a person’s privacy, especially when an organization’s drug policy requires that the person being tested is observed while providing the sample (to prevent possible cheating).
Fingerprint-based drug tests are particularly easy to administer any time, almost anywhere, as sample collection is quick and hygienic, the reader is portable and there’s no need for any special preparation, or gender-specific testing staff.
Oral fluid tests can prove difficult to collect – particularly if an individual has a ‘dry mouth’ – a common side effect of many drugs, both illicit and clinically-prescribed.Given the biohazardous nature of urine samples, drug testing sessions can be challenging to coordinate, as well as requiring toilet facilities for sample collection and gender-specific test supervisors due to the personal nature of the test.
Fingerprint sample collection takes seconds, with results for all drugs in the test displayed on the portable reader in ten minutes. The results can be easily printed using the printer accessory.Saliva samples can be difficult to collect and process, adding to the overall testing time. Pre-test waiting periods, the need to collect a minimum sample, dry mouth syndrome and biohazardous disposal can all combine to make oral fluid testing a lengthier process.The time to result is broadly similar between urine and fingerprint tests, however the collection process means that even a well-administered urine test can take around 15 minutes. Delays due to ‘shy bladder’ issues, and the need for efficient scheduling of staff to attend for sample collection, can lead to lengthy waits before obtaining a sample.
Fingerprint-based tests are easy to handle and hygienic to use and there is no need for clinical waste disposal of used cartridges. A face-covering can be worn throughout the testing process, if required.
With oral fluid testing, close physical contact is required and kits can leak after sample collection, with the risk for testers of getting saliva on their hands. Saliva tests also require biohazardous waste disposal.
With urine collection, splashes and spills can quickly make the process unhygienic. Urine samples are also biohazardous, causing potential issues around collection and sample disposal.
Fingerprint testing is discreet and dignified for both the person being tested and the tester, with no requirement to collect invasive, biohazardous body fluid samples.
Saliva sample collection is more intrusive and samples can prove difficult to collect – particularly if an individual has a ‘dry mouth’ – a common side effect of many drugs, both illicit and clinically-prescribed.
Urine tests are widely regarded as the least dignified form of testing, particularly when observed sample collection is a requirement.
Organisations that use third-party companies to carry out testing may find they can make significant savings by bringing screening in-house with the Intelligent Fingerprinting system. And, because the test is so simple and hygienic, there’s no need for specialist staff, specially prepared collection areas or clinical waste disposal services. This combines for a more efficient and cost-effective process.
Oral fluid tests are similarly priced to fingerprint test cartridges but the cost of the end-to-end process – including monitoring periods before testing, managing the test sample collection and then disposing of the biohazardous oral fluid drug test kits – can make oral fluid testing a less attractive solution.
Individual urine tests are competitively priced, but the end-to-end cost of the testing process can escalate when the logistics of managing and staffing the testing process are considered. If tests need to be observed, then gender-specific staff will be required, while dedicated, specially prepared toilet facilities will also need to be made available.
How Is Fingerprint Drug Testing Being Used?

The Intelligent Fingerprinting drug testing system is ideal for a variety of drug screening applications, including:

Workplace testing – helping to deter employee drug misuse and promote a healthy and safe workplace

Drug treatment and family safeguarding – enabling dignified, quick and hygienic screening that’s easy to carry out in clinics, private homes and community-based centres

Criminal justice – for a variety of law enforcement purposes and to support offender management and rehabilitation

Schools – to promote safer, healthier lifestyles for young people

Other – for specialist purposes such as drug mule detection at airports and for use within mortuaries to assist Coroners in cause of death investigations

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If you’d like to know more about fingerprint drug testing, why not book an online or face-to-face demo with one of our friendly experts? It’s a chance for you to talk through your drug testing challenges and for us to show you how the system works and answer your questions.  We’ll also provide examples of organisations that have switched to fingerprint drug testing, and the benefits they’ve seen as a result.

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