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Newborn Drug Testing Lab

Meconium Drug Testing

Illustration of baby and leavesUSDTL was the first laboratory to commercially introduce meconium testing to the market in 1991 and we have been seen as the leaders in newborn toxicology ever since.

Meconium contains the amniotic fluid swallowed by the fetus in the last half of pregnancy and is released as the first stool after birth. It is easier to collect than neonatal urine and provides a much longer window of exposure, up to approximately 20 weeks. Meconium is a useful specimen type for the detection of alcohol and other drugs.

Meconium specimens can only be submitted through hospital or health system accounts.


Drug Panels

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  • 14 Panel
  • 13 Panel
  • 12 Panel
amphetamine, MDA, MDEA, MDMA, methamphetamine
carboxy-Δ8-THC, carboxy-Δ9-THC, carboxy-cannabidiol (CBD)
benzolecgonine, cocaethylene, cocaine, m-hydroxybenzoylecgonine
6-MAM, codeine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, meconin, morphine
phencyclindine (PCP)
EDDP, methadone
amobarbital, butalbital, pentobarbital, phenobarbital, secobarbital
α-hydroxyalprazolam, 7-aminoclonazepam, alprazolam, clonazepam, diazepam, lorazepam, midazolam, nordiazepam, oxazepam, temazepam
oxycodone, oxymorphone
buprenorphine, norbuprenorphine
fentanyl, norfentanyl
*Click the green and white plus sign beside each drug class to view the substances within each class.
Add-Ons Available
FAEE (Direct Ethanol Biomarker)
Fatty Acid Ethyl Ester (FAEE)


Collection Instructions
Client Services

By Phone: 1.800.235.2367

Business Hours (CST)

Monday 7am-7pm
Tuesday 7am-7pm
Wednesday 7am-7pm
Thursday 7am-7pm
Friday 7am-7pm
Saturday 8am-5pm

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Testing Details

Panel Name: Meconium Testing

Panel Description: Meconium Testing Drug Panel

Type: Profile

Matrix: Meconium

Collection Container:  Leak-proof Polypropylene Specimen Cup

Collection Notes: Pool of Multiple Collections

Specimen Requirements: 3 grams (We recommend weighing the specimen on a gem scale.)

Stability Window: Drugs and metabolites are stable in meconium for up to 2 weeks at room temperature. Storage in a refrigerator or freezer is preferred.

Transport Conditions: Room Temperature

Method: Initial screen and confirmation

Turnaround Time: Generally, the standard turnaround time for reporting negative screening test results is the next business day, with an additional 1-2 business days for specimens that require confirmatory testing. Turnaround time begins from the receipt of the valid specimen – accompanied by a properly documented valid order – into the laboratory. Some tests require additional processing time and will fall outside the standard turnaround time window.

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Client Services

By Phone: 1.800.235.2367
Business Hours (CST)
Monday....................7am-7pm Tuesday....................7am-7pm Wednesday.............7am-7pm Thursday..................7am-7pm Friday........................7am-7pm Saturday...................8am-5pm

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