Do They Pat You Down Before a Drug Test? What You Need to Know

If you’re scheduled for a drug test, you may be wondering what to expect. One common question is whether or not you will be patted down before the test. The answer is that it depends on the type of drug test you are taking and the policies of the testing facility.

For urine drug tests, it is unlikely that you will be patted down. However, the testing facility may require you to empty your pockets and remove any bulky clothing, such as jackets or hoodies. This is to prevent any attempts to cheat the test by bringing in synthetic urine or other substances.

For hair drug tests, you may be patted down to ensure that you are not wearing a wig or hairpiece that could be used to cheat the test. The testing facility may also take a small sample of hair from various locations on your head to ensure accurate results.

At Nao Medical, we offer comprehensive occupational health services, including drug testing, employee screening, and more. Our state-of-the-art facilities in NYC provide a comfortable and efficient testing experience, with minimal wait times and same-day appointments available. Our empathetic and knowledgeable staff are here to assist with any questions or concerns you may have.


Do I need to prepare for a drug test?

It is recommended that you avoid any substances that could trigger a positive result for at least 48 hours before the test. This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and recreational drugs.

What happens if I fail a drug test?

The consequences of failing a drug test depend on your employer’s policies and the nature of your job. In some cases, you may be terminated from your position. In others, you may be required to attend drug counseling or rehabilitation.

How long does it take to get drug test results?

Most drug test results are available within 24-48 hours. However, some tests may take longer if additional analysis is required.


At Nao Medical, we understand the importance of accurate and efficient drug testing for both employers and employees. Our comprehensive occupational health services are designed to meet the needs of businesses and individuals in NYC, with a focus on quality, affordability, and convenience. Contact us today to schedule your drug test or learn more about our services.

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Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered, construed or interpreted as legal or professional advice, guidance or opinion.

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