5 quick tips to help you to start onsite drug & alcohol testing in your workplace

There are many advantages to doing your drug and alcohol screening in house as it can save your company a lot of time and money. Staff do not need to attend a testing centre which keeps costs down and time away from work to a minimum.

Here are 5 quick tips to help you get started

  • Be prepared-make sure that you have everything in place before you begin. It is advisable to have a drug and alcohol policy for your workplace, in place before you start testing. You will also need consent forms, onsite drug testing kits, and ideally a lab chain of custody confirmation drug test pack.
  • Make sure you have a clear protocol to work to and decide who is going to do the testing, and that you have a clear management plan for any non negative results.
  • You will only need to confirm non negative results
  • Make sure that you have the ability to confirm any non negative results obtained with onsite drug testing kits with a laboratory chain of custody confirmation test. Best to have at least one of these onsite when you begin testing.
  • Keep clear records of all results & ideally have everything witnessed

Visit UK Drug Testing for more information on starting drug and alcohol testing in the workplace or telephone us on 01263 731 168 during office hours Monday to Friday 8.30 to 4pm

Drug Testing FAQs-Does the T line on a drug test need to be as dark as the C line and what does a faint T line mean ?

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Drug test kit with both C & T lines visible on each test membrane. You will note that  some lines are fainter than others.

We received this question earlier by e-mail and it is something that can cause confusion.

The C line or control line on a drug test kit is usually very strong and dark however the T line (test line ) may vary considerably in colour and darkness from test to test and also on different drug test membranes, within the same drug testing kit. This is quite common and is of no significance when interpreting the result of the test.

As long as the T line is clearly visible within the specified time then the result is a negative result i.e. no drug detected. The T line does not need to be as dark as the control line and in fact often is not. On the multi panel urine drug test kit above, you can see that the intensity of the T line varies on the different strips although the control line remains fairly consistent.

We are also often asked can any conclusion be drawn if the T line is faint and does this mean there might be low levels of drugs present. The answer to this is no. The faintness of the T line is not of any significance and is still a negative i.e. clear or pass result.

 

 

Legal highs NPS urine drug test kit

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5 panel urine drug testing kit for legal highs NPS

Until recently drug testing for “Legal Highs” has not been possible however this year the drug test manufacturers have produced a range of new drug test membranes to cater for an increasing desire to be able to screen for the this very common group of new drugs known as “legal highs” or New Psychoactive substances ( NPS )

Gradually the range of new drugs that we can test for will increase as the drug test kit manufacturers catch up with the drug manufacturers.

The latest addition to the drug test armoury is the 5 panel Legal Highs urine drug testing kit that tests for MDMA, K2, Ketamine, MEP Mephedrone, MDPV Bath Salts.

The drug testing kits are 97% accurate when compared to a lab GCMS urine drug test and give results in minutes. They are available to buy online with next day UK delivery from UK Drug Testing.

If you are screening in a workplace setting all non negative results (positives ) will need to be confirmed with a laboratory chain of custody urine drug test for the specific drug that was detected. The lab drug test will cost about £40 plus VAT per drug.

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New Psychoactive Substances Law

Last month it became illegal in the UK to make, distribute or sell substances known as legal highs or NPS (new psychoactive substances)

These substances have become increasingly popular in the UK over the last couple of years and have been thought to be responsible for many deaths, and also an increase in violent antisocial behaviour particularly in prison.

The legal highs ban in the UK came into force on 26/5/16

Drug test manufacturers are increasingly making new drug testing kits that can detect new psychoactive substances.

The latest drug testing kit is the Cathionine urine drug test kit . The test kit can detect use of synthetic Cathinones including many new psychoactive substances such as Mephedrone, Methylone (M1) & MDPV. These drugs are often referred to as legal highs but in fact Cathionine became illegal in 2010.

Synthetic Cannabis ,K2 and Spice are often also referred to as a legal high. Drug testing kits for synthetic cannabis K2 and spice are also now available

Drug Testing News-Drug testing kits on sale in Newcastle university student union

It was revealed in the UK press last week that in an attempt to reduce the dangers posed to their students by drugs, cheap drug testing kits have gone on sale in the student union of Newcastle university. The test kits costing around £3 are designed to identify what the substance being tested is.

The test kits work by a chemical reaction occurring between the test and the substance, that then produces a colour change. The user can then look on the colour chart to see what substances the drug contains. The idea behind the test is that the user can then make an informed choice based on the results as to whether to take the drug or not.

Drawbacks to the test kits are that often these street drugs are often cut with other substances that may not all be detected by the test, and it is often these other substances that can pose a significant danger to the user.

Saliva drug testing kit DSD-863-ideal workplace drug testing kit

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DSD-863 Direct saliva drug testing kit

Introducing the DSD-863 Direct Saliva 6 drug testing kit the quickest and easiest to use oral drug test kit on the market currently in the UK.

This new drug test kits makes workplace drug testing simple and quick, with no sample handling. You simply put the saliva tongue collector into the mouth of the person that is being tested, and the drug test runs as soon as sufficient saliva has been absorbed. This feature is likely to make this new drug test kit very popular for employment and pre-employment drug testing and screening.

The DSD 863 detects the following drugs:

Cannabis 12ng (Marijuana, hash, scunk)
Amphetamine 50ng (speed, whiz)
Opiates 20ng (heroin, brown, morphine)
Cocaine 20ng (cocaine, crack)
Methamphetamine 50ng (crystal Ice)
Benzodiazepines 30ng (sleepers , tranqs)

Drug Testing FAQ-Where can I buy a drug testing kit ?

Where to buy drug testing kits in the UK ?

Where to buy drug testing kits UK

You can buy drug testing kits from UK Drug Testing

 

We are frequently asked by customers where they can buy a drug test kit locally. The answer to this question depends where you live in the UK.

Drug testing kits are very widely available to buy online in the UK, and have been available to buy online now for about 15 years. They are also available to buy over the counter  in some chemists and pharmacies in the UK, mainly in large cities where the demand is greater.

The most common drug testing kit to find available to buy from a chemist is a urine drug test kit, usually a multi panel drug test. The choice of which drugs you can test for are usually fairly limited, on a drug test that you buy from a chemist, and it will usually just test for the most common drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, opiates and ecstasy. Newer drugs like legal highs, spice and mephedrone will be unlikely to be tested for. It is unlikely that you will be able to purchase an oral fluid saliva swab drug test kit in a chemist.

For the most comprehensive choice of drug testing kits to buy you will need to shop online. UK Drug Testing is a leading UK supplier of urine and saliva drug testing kits and have been selling them online now for over 16 years. You will find a very comprehensive selection of test kits covering most drugs and available in multiple formats.

 

 

Alcohol tests detection periods

Testing for alcohol onsite has until recently been limited to measuring a real time alcohol level, either in saliva or breath. Options include single use breathalysers, digital breathalysers and saliva alcohol test strips. All work well at measuring the alcohol levels at the time of testing, but all are dependent on alcohol still being present in the system at the point of testing

Real time alcohol testing is appropriate for workplace and driving, but many healthcare tests need to detect alcohol use, not level. Looking back in time for alcohol exposure and heavy use, has until now been limited to laboratory test, either Liver function tests, measuring the elevated levels of enzymes associated with chronic alcohol use or hair strand analysis. Both take time and are expensive.

ETG alcohol test strip kit

ETG alcohol test strips

Released in 2015 is the new ETG 80 hour urine alcohol screen. A simple dip test which will detect alcohol metabolite ETG for up to 72 hours after alcohol is last broken down, giving a possible window of detection of 80 hours.

ETG urine testing is ideal for healthcare compliance testing, insurance assessment testing and for workplace  environmental testing where zero alcohol policies exist (oil rig, gas rigs etc)

ETG is a specific breakdown product of ethanol, making it a specific test for ethanol (alcohol ) use.

NHS prescribing Naloxone to gambling addicts

It was reported in the UK news today that gambling addiction has become such a serious problem in the UK, that doctors are now able to prescribe drugs that are usually prescribed for drug addiction to treat gambling addiction in the worst addicts . Naloxone and Buprenorphine (Subtex ) are usually used to treat opiate addiction, but studies have shown that they may also have benefit in gambling addiction.

Drug testing kits for legal highs

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Drug testing kits for legal highs

Drug testing for legal highs has been limited by the ability of drug test manufacturers to  copy the subtle changes to drug chemistry and changing fashions. Almost as soon as one designer drug becomes established with users, the law is adjusted to make it illegal and the design is altered slightly in chemical terms to a slightly different drug compound which avoids the legislation.

Designing specific tests for this ever changing chemistry is understandably problematic. It is not possible to make drug tests which cover this diverse chemical variance without making the tests unspecific and unreliable. To develop a test, manufacturers need to know the market for test kits will be sufficient and sustained to cover the costs of development and certification.

In light of the above, it is not surprising that there is only a small range of drug test kits currently available for legal highs and designer drugs.

These now include:

You will note none of the above remain “legal highs” in UK law