Alpha CHECKPOINT offers services that can meet your business, medical-legal,
individual (private) testing and forensic needs.

Serving Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo,
and across the country, since December of 2000.


Drug and Alcohol Testing Services

Drug and Alcohol Testing Services
Alpha CHECKPOINT of Rochester, Inc. has significant knowledge in the field of workplace anti-substance abuse policy design, program management, testing and related services. 
We are experienced with the implementation of policies and testing according to Department of Transportation (DOT) federal regulations (including USCG - United States Coast Guard) as well as policies for non-DOT regulated companies.  The Department of Transportation's (DOT) rule, 49 CFR Part 40, describes required procedures for conducting workplace drug and alcohol testing for the Federally regulated transportation industry (http://www.dot.gov/odapc/part4).

  • Policy development:  We can write and implement a customized drug and alcohol corporate policy or review any existing policy for completeness. 
  • Program management:  We can provide complete management of drug and alcohol testing programs.  Our random testing software program provides computer-generated picks.
  • Pre-placement
  • Random
  • Reasonable suspicion
  • Post-accident/incident
  • Return-to-duty
  • Follow-up
  • Student drug testing
  • Individual (private)
  • Unknown Substance Drug Scan testing through our affiliation with an accredited toxicology laboratory.   We can test urine, hair, pill, powder, liquid for the following substances at a price of $700.00 for the full scan and $550 without GHB testing:
    Symp.Amines (Amphetamines Benzphetamine Benzylpiperazine Methamphetamine MDMA MDA MDEA Modafinil Phentermine Pseudoephedrine Phenylpropanolamine)
    Barbiturates (Amobarbital Butalbital Phenobarbital Pentobarbital Secobarbital)
    Benzodiazepines (Alprazolam Chlordiazepoxide Clonazepam Diazepam Estazolam Flurazepam Flunitrazepam Lorazepam Midazolam Nitrazepam Nordiazepam Oxazepam Temazepam Triazolam)
    Cocaine (Cocaine Benzoylecgonine Cocaethylene)
    Hypnotic/Sedative (Doxylamine Ketamine Zolpidem Zaleplon Zopiclone)
    Anticholinergics (Atropine Benzotropine Scopolamine)
    Antitussive/Expectorant (Guaifenesin Dextromethorphan)
    Antifungal (Fluconazole)
    Opiates/Opioids (Codeine Morphine Heroin Hydrocodone Hydromorphone Oxycodone Oxymorphone Buprenorphine Methadone Propoxyphene Fentanyl Sufentanil Meperidine Tramadol)
    Antihistamines (Diphenhydramine Chlorpheniramine Promethazine Pheniramine Doxylamine Brompheiramine Cetirazine Dextromethorphan Chlorpromazine)
    Marijuana (Carboxy­THC   Delta­9­THC)
    GHB (gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid)     



Types of drug testing services: 
  • Urine

           DOT:  5 panel test includes screening for marijuana (THC), phencyclidine (PCP), amphetamines, opiates, cocaine, MDMA and 6-acetylmorphine.

       non-DOT:  customized drug testing panels to fit your needs
(i.e. 10 panel test includes screening for amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine, propoxyphene, benzodiazepines, marijuana, methadone,  methaqualone,  opiates, and PCP.)                                                 

  • Breath alcohol 

                DOT and non-DOT breathalyzer testing.

  • Hair

                Hair testing is excellent in identifying the chronic drug user during pre-placement or in monitoring an individual's drug use.  Hair testing is a 
                cost-effective and reliable choice for parents who are trying to determine if their child is using drugs. 


Frequently Asked Questions About Hair Drug Testing   Alpha_-_Hair_Testing_FAQs_08-2016_UPDATED.doc
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  1. What is Hair Drug Testing?

Hair growth is fed by the bloodstream, thus, the ingestion of drugs of abuse is revealed by analyzing a small sample of hair.  Hair drug tests analyze for the parent drugs and their metabolites inside the hair shaft (follicle).  Metabolites are only produced by the body and cannot be an environmental contaminant.  Since drug molecules are embedded inside the hair shaft, hair drug testing results cannot be altered with shampoos, dyes, bleaches or other external contaminants/chemicals.

  1. What drugs are included in a standard Hair Drug Test?

The standard panel includes:  cocaine, marijuana, opiates (codeine, morphine,  6-monoacetylmorphine {heroin}), amphetamines (methamphetamine, MDMA {ecstasy}, MDA, and phencyclidine (PCP).  Extended opiates panel adds hydrocodone, hydromorphone, and oxycodone.    Testing for other drugs of abuse is available.

  1. What time period does a Hair Drug Test cover?

Head hair covers approximately the last 90 days.  The hair sample is cut as close to the root end as possible and the most recent 1.5 inches are tested.  Longer time periods can be tested for – keep in mind that every 1.5 inches of head hair equals approximately 90 days (i.e. 3 inches = approx. 180 days).  This timeframe is an approximation only since an individual’s actual hair growth rate may vary from the average.  Body hair grows much slower than head hair and a test done on body hair will be reported as drug usage during approximately a 6 month to one year timeframe.

  1. How much hair is needed?

A standard screen requires approximately 90 to 120 strands of hair (usually small samples will be obtained from several areas).

  1. How does Hair Drug Testing compare to urine drug testing?
  • Hair offers a wider window of detection.  Cocaine, methamphetamine, opiates and PCP are rapidly excreted and usually undetectable in urine 72 hours after use. 
  • Inability to tamper with the test.  At this time, there are no known adulterants to hair drug testing.
  1. How soon after use can a drug be detected in the hair?

It takes approximately 5-10 days from the time of drug use for the hair containing drug to grow above the scalp. 

  1. Can tests be run on people with little or no hair?

Yes, body hair can be used (chest, armpit, extremities) as a substitute for head hair. 

  1. Can there be false positive results?

To eliminate the possibility of reporting false positives, all initial positive screens are confirmed by GC/MS (gas chromatography mass spectrometry) and confirms both parent and metabolites (bi-product) of drug usage.



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