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By: Lisa D.
Quest Diagnostics
My dad had issues with some large Quest Diagnostics offices in the past. Now he is on oxygen and can't wait for long lines. When I went to the Nye Rd, Glastonbury location recently‚Äč to confirm that they had a requisition for blood work. They did, however I was not told that there was a certain time the test had to be done. Also I was told that I would have to go on-line to schedule an appointment the appointment could not be made there. When I took him for his scheduled appointment I was given the bad news about the time issue (this could\\should have been told to me at my first trip there). When we came at the appointment time I met Sara Novoa who was very helpful. She explained about the time for the blood test and she went online and made my dad an appointment for the test (I did not have to go on-line myself). When we came in for the test Sara was there and took care of my dad. Next time I have a blood test I will go only to the Nye Rd location and hope that Sara is there.
Tips & Advices
Basic home test kits and the first step in most professional lab tests involve a simple qualitative analysis -- this means the test will determine the presence of a substance above a certain level, but will not determine the exact amount present in the sample. If a qualitative test indicates the presence of a substance, a professional lab test may then perform quantitative analysis to determine precise levels. Different types of drug tests have different tolerances for accuracy. In addition, taking certain prescription or over-the-counter medications could affect the accuracy of some drug tests.
For a common urinalysis drug test, there is little someone needs to do to prepare. Since these tests will require a small amount of urine, you may want to drink an extra glass of water about an hour before providing the sample. Test providers should be informed of any medications you are taking, as some of these might change test results.
In the case of tests administered for employment, professional sports or parole programs, testing is usually done at the expense of the person or group ordering the tests. At-home testing kits may cost as little as $10 for basic tests, or more than $100 for more advanced types.
Home drug-test kits are available from most drug stores and can screen for either a panel of substances or only one specific substance. Home test kits are less advanced than professional lab equipment, so they will indicate the presence of a substance but will not indicate the amount present. Some tests will give a quick, broad preliminary result at home, but can be sent to a lab by mail for more rigorous testing.
In cases when drug test results are not available within a few minutes, results are often mailed to the employer ordering the test.

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