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How Much Does Drug or Alcohol Testing Cost?

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Drug and alcohol tests typically are used to test saliva, urine, blood or hair for signs of alcohol or drug use. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration[1] , at-home drug tests should be used as preliminary tests only, and results should be confirmed by a laboratory.

Typical costs:

  • Drug and alcohol testing typically costs from less than $10 to $50 or more for an at-home saliva or urine test for alcohol, a single illegal drug or multiple illegal drugs -- or for a hand-held digital breathalyzer tool. For example, Walmart charges $9 for a five-pack of saliva test strips for alcohol. Walgreens charges $10 for an At Home Drug Test urine test for marijuana. charges $28 for the At Home Drug Test, which tests urine for six types of illegal drugs and offers the option to mail the test to a laboratory for confirmation of preliminary results. charges $38 for the First Check Home 12 Drug test, which checks urine for seven types of illegal drugs and five types of prescription drugs and also offers mail-in verification. Walmart charges $39-$53, depending on brand, for a digital breath monitor for alcohol.
  • Drug or alcohol testing typically costs $50-$80 or more for a drug and alcohol urine or saliva test performed at a laboratory. For example, Any Lab Test Now[2] charges $49 for a 10-drug urine laboratory test and $69 for a five-drug saliva laboratory test. Health Testing Centers[3] charges $69 for a laboratory urine test for nine types of illegal drugs and $79 for a laboratory test for nine types of illegal drugs plus alcohol.
  • Drug and alcohol testing typically costs under $100-$650 or more for a blood test or hair test. For example,[4] charges about $85 for a blood test for marijuana or cocaine and $200 for a seven-drug blood test. And Any Lab Test Now[5] charges $189 for a five-drug hair follicle test that checks for use in the past 90 days, $229 for a blood alcohol level laboratory blood test and $650 for a hair test to check for a history of alcohol abuse in the past six months.
Related articles: Drug or Alcohol Rehab, Blood Tests, Drug Defense Attorney, DUI Attorney

What should be included:
  • Depending on the type of test being used, a sample of urine, saliva, blood or hair is collected. It is then tested for the presence of a type of drug, or its metabolites, which are substances the body changes the drug into as it is being processed by the liver. If preliminary results come back positive, either at home or in the laboratory, a second laboratory test is required for confirmation. This test can determine exactly which drug is present.
  •, which is produced by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, offers information on drug testing[6] .
  • A digital breathalyzer uses an alcohol gas sensor to measure the amount of alcohol in the breath, and typically can detect even very low levels.
Additional costs:
  • Individuals with serious alcohol or drug problems might choose to go to rehab, which typically costs less than $5,000 for an outpatient program or $6,000-$50,000 for a 30-, 60- or 90-day stay in a residential or inpatient treatment facility.
  • Some laboratories offer periodic specials. For example,[7] in Texas has offered a $10 off online coupon for any test that costs $49 or more.
Shopping for drug or alcohol testing:
  • At-home drug and alcohol tests are sold at most drug stores, as well as at websites such as, CVS and Walgreens.
  • Companies such as LabCorp[8] , Quest Diagnostics[9] and Health Testing Centers[10] offer drug and alcohol testing direct to patients. Laboratories are regulated by the federal government through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)[11] , which sets quality standards -- and some states also have their own requirements., an informational website produced by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, offers information on laboratory oversight[12] as well advice for consumers on how to choose a high quality laboratory[13] .
  • It is important to note that different types of drug tests have different windows of detection, as well as other pros and cons. The AAIM, an association for employers, offers a comparison of different types of drug tests.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
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$1,600 for a pee test
Amount: $304.00
Posted by: KT in TX in Houston, TX.Posted: July 30th, 2017 08:07AM
Type of Test: Urine testBrand/Laboratory: Lynn County Hospital District
My son was experiencing depression, so we took him to a Dr to discuss. They wanted to do a pee test to make sure he wasn't taking drugs. We agreed thinking it would be maybe $50. Bill came in at $1,600! Insurance covered some, but it's still $304 to pee in a cup? This is why 'health care' cost are increasing out of control. The test wasn't even about helping him, it was a lie detector test. Are taking drugs? No. Well that's nice, but let's just check anyway - and use the expensive test to confirm it.
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Total Bu** Sh**
Amount: $8,640.00
Posted by: Angry Patient in Lafayette, LA.Posted: July 13th, 2017 09:07AM
Type of Test: Urine Drug ScreenBrand/Laboratory: Clinical Reference Laboratory
So I have been going to a Suboxone doctor for years now and just within the past year they went from doing to just in house drug testing to in house then lab testing. I was fine with all this because I stay clean, but then I started to receive bills in the mail anywhere between $7500-$13000 just to piss in a cup!!!! The current bill I have in front of me is from January 2017 and it's for $8640. Who the hell charges this dam much for a simple drug screen?? So I bring one of the bills with me to the next doctor appointment, I think that one was around $9000 and I tell the lady at the front desk that this has to be a mistake right. She said o no that's what it costs and u are not the only patient receiving these outrageous bills. She said to just call the lab and tell them I received this bill bc apparently it's suppose to just go to insurance and I don't have to pay anything, jus my insurance does! While I'm glad I do not have to pay for it, it's total bullshit they scamming my insurance
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Exorbitant drug screening costs
Amount: $1,850.00
Posted by: June W. in Little Rock, AR.Posted: July 12th, 2017 10:07PM
Type of Test: 22 plus PresumptiveBrand/Laboratory: AR Pain Ctrs
Chronic back pain&Fibromyalgia. Pain center got their Own testing machines and now more tests are ordered and now every two months instead of 3 or4 times yearly. NP spends maybe 5 minutes with me now.never once tested positive for something I shouldn't. It's either a rip off or a way to discourage drug seekers because cost is Outrageous now and every two months per opioid epidemic. So hurtful to people trying to work and stay off disability only to be bilked for trying to get enough relief to be productive.
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Urine toxicology test
Amount: $1,729.23
Posted by: jamess in Westminster, CO.Posted: June 9th, 2017 08:06AM
Type of Test: Urine toxicology testBrand/Laboratory: Insight Laboratories
I went to Colorado pain management for a shoulder injury from basketball. I was told from the doctor that a urine test was needed. I agreed to it thinking that it would be around $150. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. I received a bill from Insight Laboratory in the amount of $1,729.63. I was shocked! I never thought that a urine test would be that much.
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Drug test at pain clinic billed insurance for $5,277.90 for ONE pee sample
Amount: $5,277.90
Posted by: Tired of getting ripped off! in Portland, OR.Posted: May 18th, 2017 11:05AM
Type of Test: Drug test def 22/PRSMV INSTRMNT CHEMISTRBrand/Laboratory: Certigen Laboratory, LLC
My claim explanation sheet from my insurance. For my ONE visit in Apr they were billed $5,277 for ONE cup of pee to be tested. After the run around I call the lab and I say, really...over $5K for a drug test. They say they have special machines that cost $200K & these are specialized tests...all I hear is scam, scam, scam. They then say...well after all the discounts and write offs you only are responsible for $75 for each test. Oh, okay so I should feel okay that you just scammed my insurance company out of $5K which makes my and everyone else's rates sky rocket because of outrageous pricing. $10-$100 for a test at the grocery store, a professional should be able to do for a few hundred bucks. We are being raped companies & the ones paying the REAL MONEY are the lower middle and middle class. We pay for those who can't pay & we pay for those who write it off. It is time to call your docs office and demand they find less expensive options, challenge your insurance cos. SPEAK UP!
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Drug Screen Scam
Amount: $5,353.13
Posted by: Roger Coates in VICTORIA, TX.Posted: April 16th, 2017 08:04AM
Type of Test: SalivaBrand/Laboratory: Eastern Community Lab, LLC
On my first visit to a Pain Management Specialist, they requested a Drug Screen. The nurse had just directed me to a restroom to relieve myself. Then she said I could either wait or do a simple saliva test. She mumbled something about I might receive an EOB from my insurance. They billed my insurance $5353.13. The insurance paid $774.20, leaving me with a balance of $4578.93. I will go to my grave owing this bill. I see many complaints here, but no resolution. Has anyone had success busting this scandalous activity? A 12 panel saliva test is available for under $10, and readable by a nurse.
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Drug test scam
Amount: $1,085.00
Posted by: R R in Marble Falls, TX.Posted: January 19th, 2017 11:01AM
Type of Test: UrineBrand/Laboratory: Scott & White
I was "bullied" into taking a drug test to get the regular medicine I had for 20 years. This is just the most common pain relief med. 5 mg Hydro/ Acedo. lowest dose there is. What should have been a $30-40 test as billed as $1085.00. I have spent 10 months trying to straighten this out but no success so far. There is no requirement to take a drug test to get pain medication. If you are being "conned" into this, go to another doctor. General Practitioners can prescribe, you don't have to be screwed into a Pain Management Program that can cost you $1000.00 Thousand and Thousands of dollars. I wished I knew what I do now and had just walked out rather than get ripped off by this test. My test passed / negative/ but I was still billed $1085 dollars for this "punk" doctors fishing and costing me a lot of money .. for no reason at all. This was at Scott and White, so walk out if they try this on you and look for other doctors. If you have Scott & White Insurance, get any other company.
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Exorbitant urine test prices - "in house"
Amount: $808.00
Posted by: PCB in Woodstock, GA.Posted: December 28th, 2016 06:12PM
Type of Test: Basic drug screenBrand/Laboratory: CPM LABS, LLC
I am apparently required by law to have my urine tested periodically, as I'm having to take morphine and hydrocodone in order to alleviate some serious chronic back and leg pain. I just found out my Pain Dr's company now has in house testing done and was billed $808 as this lab of theirs is out of network. Doing some research, this appears to be a fairly new and popular way to rip off patients and insurance companies. I am contacting my Congressmen/women and any other agency I can about this total rip off of those of us who are most vulnerable. All of you who can, please do the same this is an egregious practice that must be halted. It is so unethical and downright blatantly criminal I am dumbfounded. I am horrified those who are trained to supposedly help us are jumping onto this urine test bandwagon. They never even gave me the option of an alternative or a warning they would be charging me. Maybe I should find a good lawyer as well! I'm furious,for us all!
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Urine lab test
Amount: $3,800.00
Posted by: Crazy in Arlington in Farmers branch, TX.Posted: December 26th, 2016 08:12PM
Type of Test: Urine drug testBrand/Laboratory: Integrity health plus
My insurance pays well then I got 2 bills from this lab saying I owe all this money. For simple drug test. Ridiculous.
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Amount: $5,521.60
Posted by: Rene' Wilson in Houston, TX.Posted: November 10th, 2016 08:11PM
Type of Test: Urine Drug ScreenBrand/Laboratory: Central Clinical
Dr's office required a urine drug screen for both my son and me due to the medications we are on. They collected the urine and said they will use an "In Network" lab and not to worry. I just received EOB From Insurance showing that the lab charged $5,521.60 FOR EACH OF US to have our urine drug screenings!!!! This is outrageous. No wonder our insurance premiums are so high. I checked prices with several other labs and was told that a Urine Drug Screening should not cost over $80.00 and one local lab charges $49.00!!!
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Amount: $972.00
Posted by: Sean McRae in OKC, OK.Posted: October 21st, 2016 02:10PM
Type of Test: PAIN MGMT URINALYSISBrand/Laboratory: Analytical Edge Laboratories
First year of treatment by pain mgmt specialist, urinalysis was done on monthly basis. Received a separate bill from an out-of-network lab over $6000. Asked nurse practitioner, who saw me each month-never even met the doctor.She said "don't worry about that. a lot of patients have complained.Just call XYZ lab & ask them to call me.We intend to do monthly urinalysis & we intend to take over all your prescriptions. I asked "all of them?Even ones not related to pain?" "yes, all of them",she replied. The 2nd year, urinalysis frequency changed to every 2- 3 months.She said they were no longer going to prescribe non-pain medications they'd taken over. She said to I "tell" my primary care physician to prescribe them.Third & 4th year: 5-6 urinalysis/year, by in-state/in-network, reasonably priced labs. Aug 2016 urinalysis $972 claim out-of-network lab denied by insurance.She said that was their new lab,$972 was reasonable urinalysis cost & I was responsible for what insurance didn't pay.
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expensive urine drug test
Amount: $2,606.39
Posted by: rascal in Bismarck, ND.Posted: August 7th, 2016 12:08PM
Type of Test: urineBrand/Laboratory: CHI St. Alexius Health
Took a drug test to show that I was not the drug addict that they treated as. I had been a long time morphine user for pain and was just dropped as a patient, along with many others, with no notice and I got off the morphine on my own and I didn't go to any other drugs. They recently started another pain clinic and I went to them, as other doctors wanted nothing to do with me. I told them I expected a drug test to show that I was not the drug addict and user they thought was and two weeks later I got this huge bill. The doctor should have told me what a drug test, costs and I wouldn't have taken it. I am still waiting for a itemized statement of the drug tests. In this day and age, there is no reason for a drug test to cost this much. I know I am getting screwed without Vaseline.
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$11,142.51 to pee in a cup!
Amount: $20.00
Posted by: gg in Phoenix, AZ.Posted: July 8th, 2016 03:07AM
Type of Test: Urine drug screen.Brand/Laboratory: Southwest Labs, Dallas, TX.
They KNOW at least 2 possibly 3 drugs would be positive. I was told it would be a drug SCREEN, (no mention of genetic testing) just to b sure i an taking my medications and not selling them. I work in a lab. I have a great idea as to how much a screen should cost me after insurance pays the negotiated rate. $20 copay. Thats it! So why do i have a bill due by 7/22/16 btw! I just received it on 7/7/16, for amount due over $5300??? I have to work for weeks, not spend 1 dime of my takehome pay, and after about6 weeks i could pay this bill. Not that i would, but i could. This is what I call WALLET RAPE!!!!! I have only pd the copay, but they claim i owe them $5300+.
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Toxicology test
Amount: $9,000.00
Posted by: JLW in Cedar park, TX.Posted: July 7th, 2016 11:07PM
Type of Test: UrineBrand/Laboratory: AllCareMe
9000 to test my piss in a cup.
I now owe 2000. I'm expected to do these every 3 months. That's 8000 a year. Considering suffering through my inability to concentrate for 12 hours in a sitting on the phone sales job because the amount that it helps me isn't worth taking out a second mortgage on my house to pay it.
Absolutely sickening.
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suspected scam
Amount: $7,400.00
Posted by: Kat D in Sherman, OK.Posted: July 4th, 2016 05:07AM
Type of Test: drug screenBrand/Laboratory: advanced Laboratory services
Billed for over $7,400 for each drug test my doctor insisted on. I had 3 of them totaling over $22,000.
But then told that I don't have to pay, they will "claim it as a loss"
All I have is their word I will not go to collections.
And even if it doesn't, how does that not affect my credit score?
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Drug Testing on teen
Amount: $700.00
Posted by: V Petersen in Dallas, TX.Posted: August 11th, 2015 02:08PM
Type of Test: UrineBrand/Laboratory: Quest Diagnostics
This test was done in our Dr.'s office and sent through their lab. Our Ins. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Paid $Zero.... They classified it as "Mental Health (which we dont have coverage for), and they discounted it ZERO. We had no earthly idea that this test was so outrageously high. When we called Quest they said that's the cost...When we asked what BCBSTX pays they refused to answer. When we asked what the average cost Out of Pocket or Cash pay client pays they would not tell us. My husband has had CT Brain Scans with contrast that cost less than this simple urine test for drugs. I will NEVER... EVER use this lab. I will ask prior to ANY Testing Who is the Processor/company is at that Dr's office...If it is Quest...that test is getting done somewhere else and only after I get competitive pricing confirmation first. Our nation is collapsing under the weight of these absolutely unbelievable medical testing and health costs. I am willing to pay for services, this is crazy.
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crooked drug test scheme
Amount: $1,750.00
Posted by: Blue collar hollar in Dallas, TX.Posted: August 11th, 2015 06:08AM
Type of Test: urine analysisBrand/Laboratory: southwest
My Dr Who's in network sent sample to an out of network is only paying $525. Now they want me to pay $1230 for a mandatory drug screen. I work six weeks to bring that home. Have fun opening my son's birthday presents you crooked bastards
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Expensive urine test
Amount: $15,133.19
Posted by: Kygal in Newport, KY.Posted: July 10th, 2015 11:07AM
Type of Test: Urine testBrand/Laboratory: Soutwest
I been going to a pain clinic and each month my insurance is billed 8,000.00 to 15,000.00 a month for a simple urine test . This is why our insurance is so high . I have been raising heck over this .
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instant urine test
Amount: $3,200.00
Posted by: carlton hilburn in florence, SC.Posted: June 10th, 2015 04:06PM
Type of Test: urineBrand/Laboratory:
Pain management urine test started at $3200 took an automatic discount of 1700 insurance paid 650 and saying I owe $450 for a drug test. Y can they charge this
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Saliva test
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: Dolphin 84 in Milwaukee, WI.Posted: June 4th, 2015 03:06PM
Type of Test: SalivaBrand/Laboratory: In Dr office
My isn covers all my visits and everything else! But does it really cost 80 each visit for a saliva test? Somehow I think that's odd when ins covered everything else!
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Cost urine test
Amount: $5,936.38
Posted by: Celia in Santa Ana, CA.Posted: May 26th, 2015 07:05AM
Type of Test: Test for drugsBrand/Laboratory: Confimatrix
Dr. Office wanted urine for drug tests never saying anything about cost. Is this a mistake? Seems like this can't be right insurance already paid some of it and I am left with balance of $1,460.00. Wasn't told what lab they would be using and left me the impression that they would test at each visit.
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over priced urine test
Amount: $1,067.42
Posted by: a user in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: February 16th, 2015 12:02PM
Type of Test: urineBrand/Laboratory: pacific labs
My Dr. required this test on my first time visit. Is this a violation of my constitutional rights to privacy? Whats next my genes? This is out of control. The price is over the top.
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Lab test cost
Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: Aspen in Austin, TX.Posted: November 29th, 2014 06:11AM
Type of Test: Listed as laborotoryBrand/Laboratory: Hill country labs Texas
Received bill for $3,000 for a urine drug screen required test prior to RX for pain meds pending surgery, Was never notified of price !!!
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Expensive urine test
Amount: $704.25
Posted by: Josh lewis in Harrisburg, PA.Posted: February 1st, 2013 01:02PM
Type of Test: urine 14 panelBrand/Laboratory: Ameritox
I just recieved a bill from Ameritox from a urine drug test. Im assuming its for 14 different drugs but not sure. The codes on the bill make no sense and 704 $ seems crazy.
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