Drug Testing FAQ | What is the detection period for cocaine ?

cocaine test strips

We received this question about cocaine test strips recently by e-mail


”Do the cocaine test strips come with instructions on how to read the results and what is the detection period for these?”


”The urine cocaine test strips that we supply will pick up cocaine in the system 3 to 5 days from the last use. We send out full instruction on how to perform the drug test and if you need any help please give us a call ”

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Drug Testing FAQ-Do the Cocaine test strips detect crack cocaine ?

 cocaine drug test strip


”’Do the cocaine test strips also detect crack cocaine if it is smoked?”


”Yes the urine cocaine tests do also detect the use of crack cocaine.”

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Drug Testing FAQ-drug testing cut offs Cocaine


Could you please provide some additional details on your product Cocaine Drug Test Strips.
Are these strips testing for the presence of Cocaine or for the Cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine? Please also advise of the ng/ml cutoff.


The cocaine test strips detect both Cocaine and the metabolite benzoylecgonine

The test membrane is a 300ng/ml

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Drug Testing FAQ Urine | When to do a urine drug test for Cocaine

We recently received this question by e-mail regarding detection times for Cocaine in a home urine drug test


Hi I have recently purchased a home test cocaine cassette kit and was wondering when is the perfect time to use the test after cocaine use?.
It says 3-5 days, does this mean that I should wait until it has been three days to use the test?


Thank you for contacting us. You can do the urine test anytime. It will pick Cocaine up in the urine for up to 3 to 5 days after use. It will not detect Cocaine after that time. If you require anymore info please do not hestitate to
contact us.

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Cocaine Identification

How do you tell if the white powder you have found is Cocaine ?

Cocaine surface residue swabs have been available for some time enabling parents, businesses to wipe a surface that they suspect may be contaminated with cocaine.

The Cocaine drug detection swabs are easy to use & cost effective. To perform the cocaine swab you simply wipe the swab across the surface that you suspect is contaminated with cocaine, and the swab changes colour if Cocaine is detected. The Cocaine swab test is useful when only trace amounts of cocaine are present.

‘Cocaine Torches’ are also a very useful way of identifying traces of Cocaine powder. The torch is a simple ultra violet torch commonly used for identifying security markings on items, or counterfeit bank notes. You simply shine the torch onto the surface you suspect of being contaminated by cocaine powder. Incidentally many bank notes may show cocaine residues.

Cocaine torches have recently been used by some UK police forces to detect cocaine powder on club goers nostrils, as the cocaine powder flouresces. Health concerns have been expressed that the UV torches may be hazardous if used in this way due to UV light entering the eye.

If you have found a large amount of white powder sufficient to collect then it is possible to perform a drug test on this for identification purposes.

The cocaine drug identification test can be done by either sending the sample away to a drug testing lab for identification or by performing an onsite drug test using a urine drug testing kit on a small amount of the powder dissolved in water.

Cocaine and Ecstacy still dominate over ‘legal highs’

Mephedrone had been encountered by up to 19% (almost 1/5) of regular users of Cocaine and ecstacy, in a recent study questionare on drug use in the preceeding 6 months.

This level was lower than expected, with the media hype over ‘legal highs’, however the study was in drug users already in contact with a drug worker. It is suggested the group consists of experienced drug users with existing patterns and preferences in drug taking. The conclusion is the mephedrone is not seen as an alternative to illegal drug use by experienced users.

Cocaine associated with 3% of sudden death

A spanish study examining the causes of cardiac linked sudden death has found a direct link with Coacaine in over 3%.

This further proves that there are cardiac risks every time you use Cocaine.  Cocaine is not a safe party drug. Cardiac symptoms are a direct effect of cocaine usage and life threatening cardiac events can happen in otherwise healthy young poeple with no history of cardiac problems.

Cocaine purity levels down to as low as 2% and the rise of Mephedrone

Reported purity levels of many drugs sold in clubs in the UK as Ecstacy and Cocaine are as low as 2% active drug.

Young users are suspected of switching to legal high drugs like Mephedrone, as they are perceived as safer, purer and better value.

Unfortunately the risks of Mephedrone are now being documented. Particularly of concern is very young users experimenting in unsafe environments such as parks, cemeteries etc, often in combination with alcohol Most are snorting (mephedrone is unpleasant to snort~ stinging) It can also be swallowed or smoked

Reported risks & side effects of Mephedrone include behaviour changes including paranoia, aggression and anxiety, some suspicions of dependency are developing with a recognisable withdrawl picture emerging.

The research backing up the professional and legal approach to these compounds is left playing catch up. There are estimated to be over 240 compounds being promoted as legal highs, with little data available on the pharmacology or even lists of the active constituents of the majority being available to health care providers and to date no simple means of detection for the majority of new compounds.

For more information on Mephadrone visit Drugscope

Cocaine rates of use in 16-24yr old up

New Home Office figures show the rates of cocaine exposure amongst 16-24 year old in England and Wales are up.

6.6% reported cocaine use in the previous 12 months compared to 5.1% a year earlier

The rise mirrors the adult trend, with cocaine use up to 3% for the year and 10% for all drug groups.

 Lower prices and no decrease in supply or availability contributed. Polydrug use is also increasing.

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Cocaine Vaccination works in 38% of subjects

Researchers at Bayer College of Medicine in Houston Texas have concluded the first part of Cocaine vaccination trials, and found the vaccine clinically effects 38% of subjects.

The vaccine uses the immune system to block the effects of cocaine and may be used in treating cocaine addiction – provided larger studies support the provisional idicators of effect and clinical safety.

It is not likely to be a treatment option for at least 3-5 years