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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 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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Statistics released earlier this week showed a rapid increase in deaths in UK from so called ‘legal highs’ betweeen 2009 and 2010 .
Most of these drugs have since been banned and are now illegal and classed as Class B drugs.
One of these drugs is Mephedrone , also known as mcat or meow meow which was responsible for 29 of the 43 deaths that occured after people had taken the now banned group of drugs known as methcathinones.
Twenty four new psychoactive drugs were reported to the official European monitoring centre during 2009, the largest number ever reported in a single year.
All the new drugs were synthetic compounds, and included 9 cannabinoid (cannabis) like substances.
The growth in synthesised drugs, side-stepping current legal restrictions to enable fast market and internet sales of “legal highs” seems to have been the growth trend of 2009 with a reduction in MDMA in tablets sold as E’s and substitution with Piperazine mCPP like substances.
As the UK moves to legislate to cover these developments, the market will move to traditional criminal production and supply chains associated with established drug groups.
There is still no test available for any of these new drugs, making screening and detection difficult.
Under increasing pressure from the media, the UK government has introduced an amnesty for all mephedrone suppliers of existing stock and made the drug a class B substance.
The legislation attempts to cover all possible chemical variations and compound structures, which could have allowed a legal way round the ban. Mephedrone is now an illegal substance to possess, supply or import in the UK. Standard class B legal penalties apply upon charges brought by the police.
How Mephedrone will be treated and classified by Europe and the rest of the world remains unclear. It remains a legal chemical in many countries.
There is still no instant drug test for mephedrone available, making its use, problematic to detect or monitor.
Yesterday the home secretary Alan Johnson announced to the UK press that the legal high drug Mephedrone also known as MCAT and meow meow, that has now be linked to 25 deaths in the UK, would be banned within weeks.
The ban which is expected to have widespread cross party support is to be rushed through the houses of commons & lords
After the sad news in the UK press this weekend that the death of two teenagers in Scunthorpe may be linked to Mephedrone use, the government is coming under increasing pressure to ban the drug, currently sold legally as ‘plant food’
Click on links below to read recent coverage in UK press
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.
The use of Mephedrone 4-Methylmethcathinone seems to be on the increase with vast amounts of the drug about and costs dropping from around £15 per gram to around £3.50
Police are currently unable to do anything about it as the compound remains legal. Some is being sold by dealers as illegal, as perceptions exist that illegal is stronger and will result in a better high. Young users also percieve that the legal status does suggest less risk to their health, the argument being, if it was dangerouse they would have banned it immediately.
Using behaviour suggests binge use is growing with 3 or 7 day binges and some addictive traits. Similarities to Methylamphetamine / Methamphetamine have been made, but chemically the drug is based on compounds in khat. Currently there is no data of the chemical half life, potency of psycoactive elements or neuro-pharmacological effect.
A&E departments are starting to see attendances linkd to Mephadrone overdoses, sever anxiety, vomiting and aggressive episodes. Sleep disturbance is also reported.
Young experimental users appear drawn to Mephedrone as they do no risk breaking the law.