Testing Tips for Parents
It’s natural to want to trust your child. But you know the
facts—even good kids can sometimes make poor choices when it comes
to experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Peer pressure is intense
and temptation is a reality. Using a First Check® Home
Drug Test to test your child’s urine for drugs is the best and
easiest way to get an honest answer to one of the most difficult
questions facing you today—“Is my child using drugs?”
Here are some testing tips to help ensure an
accurate test result:
- Without notice or warning, wake your child up in
the morning and escort him/her directly into the bathroom while
letting them know you will be testing them for drugs.
- Use first morning urine since it’s typically the
most concentrated urine of the day, which makes it best for
detecting any drugs your child may have taken.
- First Check makes two different kinds of drug
tests—cups and panels. If you’ve purchased a cup test, hand your
child the cup portion of the test only. If using a panel test,
hand your child a clean cup for urine collection. Keep the test cap
or panel test within your control throughout the testing
- Stay in the bathroom with your child and
supervise the collection of urine from start to finish. Your child
may be more comfortable if the parent of the same sex does the
- Have your child hand you the urine-filled cup
immediately after collection. The exterior of the container should
feel warm to the touch, as fresh urine is body
- Once you have obtained the urine sample, you are
now ready to perform the test. Do not leave the sample unattended
until you have received the result and you are certain you do not
want to send it to the First Check Lab for confirmatory
- If the test result is a Preliminary Positive
Result and you are still unsure if your child took drugs (or if
your child disputes the result), you have the option of sending it
into our lab for confirmatory testing. If this is the case, do not
leave the sample unattended at any time, as positive urine can
easily be tampered with.
- For further information on how to send a
Preliminary Positive Result sample into our lab for confirmatory
here. (Information can be found at the bottom of the
- A negative sample does not need to be sent into
the First Check Lab for further testing.
First Check® Home Drug Tests are only as accurate as
the urine sample being tested. Keep in mind that urine samples can
easily be adulterated (i.e., contaminated or tampered with) if you
do not closely supervise the entire testing process.
Urine samples can be tampered with in the
- Cleaning products and common household liquids
(e.g., toilet-bowl cleaner, bleach, floor or tile cleaner, glue,
and soaps) can be used as adulterants. Adulterants can also be
placed on fingertips and hands and rubbed inside the test cup prior
to sample collection, so encouraging hand-washing prior to urine
collection is recommended.
- Be particularly aware of whether your child is
concealing small containers such as eye-drop or ear-drop bottles.
They’re easy to hide in pockets and can be used to hold enough
bleach (or other adulterants) to cause a false test
- If you’re worried about your child diluting his
or her urine sample with water from the toilet bowl, you may want
to add several drops of blue food coloring to the bowl. If
necessary, you may want to shut off the water to bathroom sinks,
tubs, toilets and remove excess water from the toilet bowl.