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 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.
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
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
It was reported today on the UK news that UK ministers are consulting with the Scottish government, on whether lowering the drink drive level in Scotland to 0.05% BAC has had a significant impact on road safety in Scotland. The level for the rest of the UK remains at the higher 0.08% BAC currently, although the department of transport has been quoted as saying there are no current plans to lower the level.
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12 drug test cup with adulteration and temperature strips
UK Drug Testing has launched the new flagship 12 drug single-stage cup drug test kit aimed at the workplace and pre-employment drug screening.
Offering 12 drug tests in a single cup collection pack, combined with a 3 pad adulteration check and urine temperature strip, the new drug test cup offers one of the most comprehensive drug screens on the market and will replace the previous best selling UKDT 10 and 11 drug cups.
The combination is an ideal choice for occupational health screening departments, offering the convenience of a single combined collection and testing cup with onsite results in under 5 minutes in most tests.
The cup covers all the essential common drug groups, with the addition of ketamine, a growing issue for workplace drug screening. It also covers the sedative drug groups, which if not screened for can pose an occupational risk, including methadone, barbiturates, Benzodiazepines and TCA’s.
Comprehensive quality does not have to mean expensive. The new 12 drug test cups are available for the price of the old 10 drug cups.