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.

 

 

Drug Testing FAQ’s | What is Ketamine | What is the detection time for Ketamine in urine on a drug test ?

This is a question www.ukdrugtesting.co.uk  are being asked on a regular basis, due to the increasing problem of Ketamine misuse in the UK.

What is ketamine ? Ketamine (also known as Special K or K ) is a dissociative veterinary anaesthetic / horse tranquiliser which is highly sedative. It is increasingley being abused in the UK.

What is the detection period for Ketamine in urine ?

Ketamine can be detected in a urine sample on a drug test for between 3-5 days from last use.

The sensitivity of the urine drug test for ketamine is usually 1000ng/ml

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For multi-panel urine drug testing kits with ketamine

Cup drug testing kits with ketamine

The Ketamine detection periods on saliva and hair are different.

Workplace Drug Testing |Drug Testing Kits For Employers | Drug Testing FAQ’s

Most employers would rather consider a saliva drug testing kit to the more traditional urine collection and drug testing procedures for workplace drug testing, and there is no reason why a saliva drug test should not be used for most employment drug testing.

Pre-employment drug screening is a little different. Employers are looking to screen for a longer period than is obtainable with instant near patient saliva drug tests. Urine drug screening will extend the detection period to 3 to 5 days for most drug groups. This will pick up more recreational drug use than saliva drug testing. If the drug screen has been notified, then the majority of potential employees will avoid recreational drug use in the week before the medical. To effectively screen for recreational drug use in this situation, the notification to attend for medical screening should be minimal. Otherwise you are only screening for hardened regular or dependent drug users, and the range of drug membranes included in the screen, should best reflect this.

We are commonly asked what to include in the employment drug screen, as there is no HSE list or specific guidance on what drugs should be included in the drug test, and what can be ignored. Our advice is to include the range of common recreational drugs which can affect performance, namely Cannabis, Cocaine, Amphetamines (and Methamphetamines) and opiates. We also recommend Benzodiazepines should be part of occupational drug screening, as most sedative tranquilisers affect performance, as can sedatives taken as sleeping pills. These should certainly be included in HSE high risk occupational drug screens examples being machine operatives, line side certification, PSV, HGV etc.

It may be worth contacting your local drugs team and finding out which drug groups are prevalent in your local area. We have noticed that Ketamine has started to become increasingly prevalent over the last 12 months and causes problems in an employment setting, as it highly sedative. Ketamine is in fact a veterinary tranquiliser, which gives you some idea how sedative it is.  An increasing number of drug screens now include Ketamine, and we are being asked for drug testing kits that incorporate Ketamine now on a daily basis, although currently this option is only available in our urine drug testing kits.

SAMHSA have recently moved further in favour of saliva drug screening to become the first line method for federal employee testing in the US. This should see further developments in saliva drug screening with new drug test membrane options for saliva testing becoming available and a standardisation of the saliva drug cut off levels to enable direct brand comparison and greater covergence in testing results and quality.

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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

Question

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

Answer

”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 ”

For more information on drug test detection times visit our drug testing kits website

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

 cocaine drug test strip

Question

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

Answer

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

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For more Drug Testing Faq’s visit our UK drug testing kits website

 

Urine Drug Testing FAQ | How to do a urine drug test

Undertaking drug testing for the first time can be a daunting task, but the basic procedure is very simple.

An initial urine sample is collected and brought to room temperature (usually 20 minutes) The sample is then tested using a standard panel combination drug test. The cut off levels for drug test panels is internationally agreed and traditionally work to SAMHSA and NIDA levels for urine analysis.

Professionally produced and batch certified drug testing urine kits are between 97 and 99% accurate when compared in studies to laboratory drug screening using GC/MS methods. This level of accuracy is considered by all bodies as high enough to be acceptable for all negative onsite drug test results.

In simple terms, if the instant drug test result is all normal, and the sample collection and procedure are all acceptable no further action need be taken.

Confirming all positive results is essential in a workplace situation. No further action should be taken before laboratory GC/MS confirmation of a positive result is obtained.

Where employment drug testing is part of a occupational risk assessment for a high risk occupation, the employee should not be allowed to perform this task pending the confirmation result, but no disciplinary or penalty action must be taken by the employer before absolute confirmation is obtained.

Standard drug test panel combinations for the UK and EU employment drug testing tend to be THC, COC, AMP, MET, MOP

THC = Cannabis 50ng

COC = Cocaine 300ng

AMP= Amphetamine 1000ng

MOP = Opiates 300ng

MET = Methamphetamine 1000ng

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Best At Home Drug Test-advice on choosing a home drug testing kit

What drug testing kits are available for home use ?

Home drug tests come in a wide variety of options and cover from a single drug test, up to and including 10 drug groups on a single home drug test panel.

Home diagnostic tests, including home drug testing kits for illegal drugs such as cocaine, opiates, heroin, cannabis and amphetamines are available with drug test screen results in 5 minutes.

Also high quality alcohol testing devices are available with either saliva or breath sampling alcohol testing kits.

What should I look for  when choosing an at home drug test ?

When selecting a drug test kit to use at home you should look for test which are easy to use and supplied by a reputable seller with experience and knowledge of the product line. Check for companies with an easy to find UK mainland address and contact telephone customer support line on their web sites.

The home drug test should offer equal accuracy to professional products, so ensure the company is also selling a branded professional product to users such as the NHS etc. Professional diagnostic companies will offer high quality controls standards, and the home drug testing products will be correctly certified in accordance to European standards.

When selecting a multiple home drug test search for the combination which best suits the drugs you wish to have covered.  Professional drug test suppliers will offer a wide range of combinations.

Should you choose saliva drug tests or urine drug tests ?

Most first time testers considering a home drug test would say saliva, as it is easier to collect and less embaressing to collect, however all saliva tests will detect for a shorter period than the same urine screen (12-18 hrs in most cases where as urine detects for 3-5days)

So if a urine sample can be relied upon, it will detect drug use over a longer period and have to be repeated less frequently.

Saliva drug tests or oral fluid drug testing kits are ideal for drug testing in the workplace or clinic, where detection of individuals possibly under the influence is more the intention.

Urine dip drug tests for single drugs are also the cheapest home drug test option available

Click here for more information or to buy accurate & easy to use drug testing kits available on next day UK delivery , and that are suitable for use at home or by concerned parents

Drug Test FAQ

Q) Is testing for drugs difficult and does it work ?

A) Drug testing is an easy and accurate method of detecting drug misuse.

Q) How can I screen for drugs of abuse & what do I do with the results ?

A) Most drugs can be screened for using either saliva or urine. These tests are immediate with results in under 10 minutes on-site. Confirmation samples can then be sent for laboratory analysis on positive samples. Negative samples are not usually followed as the accuracy of this biotech is very good.

Q) How effective are skin wipes for testing for drugs ?

A) Skin wipes are less available and have only been marketed recently, so their effectiveness and selectivity remains to be proven clinically.

Q) Can blood be tested for drugs ?

A) Blood testing is only used for a limited range of drugs and is not available for business or private use.

Q) Is hair testing for drugs available ?

A) Hair testing looks back up to 3 months but is lab based and expensive per screen. Mostly this makes urine and saliva the first choice screening method.

Q) How long do drug tests detect drugs for ?

 A) Urine Drug Detection Times & Cut Offs
Abbreviated name on drug test, proper name, other names approximate detectable time it remains in the URINE after use.

OUR URINE TEST CODES, SENSITIVITY & DETECTION TIMES

AMP 1000ng/ml Amphetamines Speed, amph or whizz. 2-6 days
BAR 300ng/ml Barbiturates Depressants, Barbs, Downers 3-8 days
BUP 10ng/ml Buprenorphine Subutex 3-6 days
BZO 300ng/ml Benzodiazepines Benzos, Rohypnol or roofies 2-14 days
COC 300ng/ml Cocaine Coke, crack or charlie. 2-5 days
MDMA 1000ng/ml Methylenedioxymethamphetamine Ecstasy or E’s 2-6 days
MET 1000ng/ml Methamphetamines Glass, ice or meth. 2-6 days
MOP 300ng/ml Morphine 2-5 days
MTD 1000ng/ml Methadone Dolly, Red Rock 2-8 days
OPI 2000ng/ml Opiates Heroin, smack or gear. 2-5 days
PCP 25ng/ml Phencyclidine Angel dust or peace pill 3 – 8 days
TCA 300ng/ml Tricyclic Antidepressants TCA 6 -10 days depending on duration of drug use.
THC 50ng/ml Marijuana Cannabis, puff, spliff or hash. Casual use 2-14 days heavy use up to 30 days.
EDDP 300ng/ml EDDP screening tests. Detects for up to 5 days after use
OXY 300ng/ml Oxycodone 2-5 days
PXP 300ng/ml Propoxythene 2-5days

The amount of time drugs stay in the body depends on many factors such as, the amount of the drug taken, its strength, purity, the body weight of the person being tested and rate of metabolism, and whether they are a casual user or a long term user.

Saliva or Oral Fluid Drug Testing Detection Times

Cut offs are brand specific and as a guide the window period for drug detection using saliva or oral fluid drug test are shorter than comparable urine test.

ORALINE IV SALIVA TEST

THC 4ng Cannabis detection for 14-24hrs
COC 25ng Cocaine detection for 24-48hrs
OPI 2ng Opiate & heroin detection for 7-21hrs
MET 3.75ng Methamphetamines & Amphetamine detection for 72hrs

INSTANT VIEW SALIVA DRUG TEST

Cannabis, 12ng/ml up to 14 hrs
Cocaine, 20ng/ml up to 24hrs
Opiates, 40ng/ml up to 48 hrs
Amphetamine, 50ng/nl up to 72 hrs
Benzodiazepines 50ng/ml up to 48 hrs

INSTALERT SALIVA TWIST ORAL DRUG TEST

AMP 50ng/ml Amphetamine up to 72hrs
THC 12ng/ml Cannabis up to 12hrs
MET 50ng/ml Methamphetamine up to 72 hrs
OPI 40ng/ml Opiate & Heroin up to 48 hrs
COC 20ng/ml Coacine up to 24 hrs
MTD 30ng/ml Methadone up to 48 hrs

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More drug testing FAQ’s

Drug Test FAQ’s

Drug testing often raises as many questions as it resolves. Here is a list of the most common queries we receive.

  • Are the drug tests accurate  ~ instant drug tests are very accurate with between 97-99% accuracy compared to lab drug test proceedures
  • How sensitive are the drug tests ~ there is variation between brands but all test to tiny concentration levels ng/ml nanogrammes/ ml
  • How long do drug tests detect for ~ see our drug test detection times section, again brands and types vary
  • Will medications affect the result ~ possibly, the manufacturer will have a list of cross reacting substances available
  • What is best, urine or saliva drug tests ~ urine drug test detection times are longer, but saliva is easier to collect
  • What is chain of custody ~ the proceedure followed in collecting and testing the sample ensuring it’s fresh, unadulerated and from the person you think.
  • Should instant drug tests be confirmed ~ only where a positive indicator is shown, all suspected positive detections need confirmation
  • What is the standard employment combination drug test ~ cannabis, cocaine, opiates, amphetamine & methamphetamine
  • Does drinking massive amounts work ~ only in the few hours around when the result would be turning negative anyway

For a more comprehensive guide to drug testing visit UKDrugTesting.co.uk