Ethyl Glucuronide Ethyl Sulfate Alcohol Drug Test
EtG / EtS Test
EtG/EtS is a laboratory based urine test that will detect the presence of alcohol up to 80 hours after consumption. This is sometimes referred to as “The 80 Hour Alcohol Test” and tests for Ethyl Glucuronide and Ethyl Sulfate.
For more information on the EtG Test, see EtG Information below.
Ethyl Glucuronide (EtG) and Ethyl Sulfate (EtS) are metabolites produced by the body only after the consumption of alcohol has been consumed. EtG and EtS are excreted from the body in various ways. Our laboratory is one of only a few laboratories in the country that has the ability to identify and quantify these two metabolites.
RESEARCH QUALITY LABORATORY SERVICES
In the United States, alcohol abuse has reached epidemic proportions. The overall risks to physical and mental health can be devastating. More severe are the tens of thousands of fatalities annually which are attributed directly to alcohol intoxication. The costs associated with enforcing laws, prison systems, governmental programs and non-profit funding is exorbitant.
Until recently, testing methods for alcohol consumption have remained unchanged and unreliable. Urine ethanol has it’s flaws such as false positive results. The window of detection for breath alcohol testing is small and always had to be confirmed by laboratory blood testing which may not occur for many hours after suspected consumption.
Our Laboratory has changed the face of alcohol testing industry. We have the capability of measuring consumption up to 80 hours afterward. Ethyl Glucuronide (EtG) and Ethyl Sulfate (EtS) are metabolites produced by the body only after alcohol has been consumed. EtG and EtS are excreted from the body in various ways and our Laboratory is one of the few laboratories in the country able to identify and quantify these two metabolites.
The New Front Runner: EtG & EtS
• EtG and EtS are easily quantifiable with Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry not GC/MS and proper measurement of both metabolites can differentiate consumption vs. environmental exposure
• EtG/EtS confirmation is the perfect testing method for ‘Zero Tolerance’ situations and an effective and noninvasive tool for voluntary treatment facilities and school systems
• EtG/EtS can not be masked by illnesses i.e. urinary tract infections, and false positive results from diabetes are eliminated.
The Most Advanced Technology Available
Our Laboratory has the most accurate technology available for the drug and alcohol testing community. Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) is research quality laboratory equipment, and can accurately quantify substances well below cutoff levels. This technology surpasses Gas Spectrometry, which in the past had been labeled the ‘gold standard’. Western Slope Laboratory currently owns and operates 4 LC/MS/MS and we are constantly investing in our technology.
Collection Process & Shipment
The urine collection device developed by our Laboratory is as innovative as the testing process. An absorbent material encased in a sealable tube. The design provides ample volume of specimen for the lab and is less bulky than urine transport cups. Our collection device minimizes accidental spills or specimens destroyed in transport . Because our Laboratory’s collection devices are compact and lightweight, this reduces transportation costs.
Ethyl glucuronide (EtG) is a direct metabolite of ethanol alcohol. The presence of EtG in the urine can be used to detect recent alcohol consumption, even after the ethanol alcohol is no longer measurable.
Consequently, the presence of EtG in the urine is a definitive indicator that alcohol has been ingested.
Traditional laboratory practices typically measure the amount of alcohol present in the body. Depending on the amount of alcohol that has been consumed, this method usually reveals alcohol ingestion within the past few hours.
The presence of EtG in the urine, on the other hand, demonstrates that ethanol alcohol was ingested within the past three or four days, or roughly 80 hours after the ethanol alcohol has been metabolized by the body.
As a result, it can be determined that a urine alcohol test employing EtG is a more accurate indicator of the recent consumption of alcohol as opposed to simply measuring for the existence of ethanol alcohol.
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