What drugs can be detected by Claritest?
Our service detects the following commonly abused substances and metabolites found in hair, urine, oral fluids (saliva) and blood: AEME (Crack Cocaine), Alcohol, Amphetamines, Benzodiazepines, Burprenorphine, Cannabis, Cocaine, Ketamine, Heroin specific (6-MAM) Methamphetamines, Methadone (EDDP), Morphine, and Opiates.

 

Hair Drug Testing

How much hair is taken?

Collections, about the thickness of a pencil, can be carried out by our trained collectors who ensure the sample is taken as neatly and discreetly as possible. Each 1cm of hair represents one month, so if a 3 month analysis is required 3cm of hair must be collected.

Does it hurt?
This method is non-invasive, simple and painless for the Donor.

Where can you take hair from?
Hair is usually taken from the crown of the head, however body hair from the armpit, leg and pubic region can be sampled.

Can you take body hair?
Body hair, taken from the armpit, chest or leg will be taken by our collector if there is not enough head hair available. Pubic hair will be collected in cases where no other hair is available to collect.

What does a hair test show?
Using a sample of hair allows us to provide a historical overview of drug use from 7 days to 12 months ago.

When will results be available?
Your results will be available 5 working days once the samples are received in our laboratory.

Results: What is an overview?
This demonstrates that an individual has or has not taken a substance at some point, e.g a 3cm section of hair demonstrates that a donor has or has not abstained from taking Heroin at some point starting from January to March.

Results: What is a month by month analysis?
A month-by-month analysis demonstrates that an individual has or has not taken a substance in those particular months, e.g a 3cm section of hair demonstrates that a donor took Heroin in January, but has abstained in February and March.

Are there any limitations of the test?
Body hair cannot show a month-by-month analysis. The test is subject to the donor having sufficient amount of hair to sample. However, it is not possible to determine the quantity of substance that was taken by a donor.

 

Hair Alcohol Testing

Can alcohol be detected in hair?
Alcohol itself in not incorporated into hair strands and therefore markers of alcohol must be measured. We use Ethyl Glucuronide (EtG) and Fatty Acid Eythl Ester (FAEE) analysis to detect for alcohol markers in hair samples. When used in combination with Carbohydrate Deficient Transferrin (CDT) and Liver Function Test (LFT) tests this enables us in providing you with a fuller picture of chronic alcohol abuse.

What is an LFT (Liver Function Test)?
The liver breaks down (metabolises) alcohol by using various enzymes. The LFT test screens the blood sample for any unusual levels of these enzymes or alcohol markers. High levels of these alcohol markers can be indicative of excessive alcohol consumption. This test forms part of our Alcohol Testing Package in providing you with a clearer picture of chronic alcohol abuse.

What is CDT (Carbohydrate Deficient Transferrin)?
This is a widely recognised specific bio-marker test. It detects what levels of CDT markers are present in the blood sample. A high CDT marker reading would indicate chronic alcohol abuse. This test forms part of our Alcohol Testing Package in providing a you with a clearer picture of chronic alcohol abuse.

How much hair is taken?
Hair collections are taken from the crown of the head andare about the thickness of a pencil. Collections can be carried out by our trained collectors who ensure the sample is taken as neatly and discreetly as possible. We can provide hair collection packs for Corporate clients wishing to sample their donors.

Why do you need a blood sample?
Taking blood samples for our Alcohol Testing Package
enables us to provide you with a fuller picture of chronic
alcohol abuse, as different tests will use different types of
samples.

How much blood is taken?
A minimum of 5ml of blood will be collected.

Does it hurt?
Hair collection is non-invasive, simple and painless for the
donor. Blood collection will be invasive but our collectors
are fully trained in this process and will minimise discomfort
where possible.

What is the detection period?
We can test for chronic alcohol abuse up to 6 months.

When will results be available?
Your results will be available 5 working days once the
samples are received in our laboratory.

 

Urine Testing

How do we prevent adulteration in urine collection?
We can provide adulteration prevention training and sample collection kit training for on-site personnel. Your samples will be collected in line with your Healthcare and Workplace policies.

How much urine is needed?
A minimum of 2ml of urine should be collected.

What does a urine test show?
Detection of recent drug use, typically 2 to 3 days from use of drug. This is dependent on the substance taken by donor.

Why use a urine test?
This is a straightforward and reliable test. It has a longer detection period compared to Oral Fluid tests and is suitable for most Health and Safety Policies.

When will results be available?
Your screening results will be available within 24 hours of receipt of samples, confirmation report within 3 working days.

 

Oral Fluid (Saliva) Testing

How is saliva is collected?
Oral fluid is collected using a mouth swab (collection device) and normally takes approximately 2-3 minutes. Once enough sample has been collected the collection device is placed in a stabilising tube containing buffer solution and packaged.

How much saliva is taken?
Approximately 1ml of oral fluid is absorbed by the pad of the collection device.

Does it hurt?
This method is non-invasive, simple and painless for the Donor.

What does an oral fluid test show?
Detection of recent drug use, typically 24 to 48 hours from drug use.

Why use an oral fluid test?
This is a fast and reliable test without the need for special sampling facilities. Samples can be collected in the workplace and there is no risk of sample adulteration. It is suitable for most Health and Safety Policies.

When will results be available?
Screening results available within 24 hours of receipt of samples, confirmation report within 3 working days.

 

Useful Contact Numbers

Alcohol

Alcoholics Anonymous / 0845 769 7555 (local rate)
National Agency on alcohol misuse

Alcohol Focus Scotland  / 0141 399 8884 (10am-10pm)
Provides information and advice on alcohol issues

Drinkaware / 020 7766 9900
Learn about the effects of alcohol on your life and lifestyle, so that you can make informed decisions when it come to drinking alcohol

AL – ANON Family Groups UK and Eire / 020 7403 0888 (10am-10pm)
Help and support for families and friends of alcoholics

Drugs

Drugs Cocaine Anonymous / 0800 612 0225 / 0141 959 6363 (Scotland) / www.cauk.org.uk
Helps with the personal recovery of individual drug addicts

DrugScope / 080 7520 7550 /
UK’s leading independent centre of expertise on drugs and drug use, drug education, prevention and criminal justice

HIT / 0870 990 9702
A drug training, information and publications service for individuals, community groups, health and social care agencies

Narcotics Anonymous / 0845 373 3366
Information, publications and support using 12-step approach to drug addiction

Talk to Frank / 0800 776 600
Email and telephone support for young people, parents and carers concerned about drugs

Alcohol and Drugs

Addaction / 020 7251 5860
The UK’s leading specialist drug and alcohol treatment charity

Dan 24/7 / 0808 808 2234
A free and bilingual telephone drugs helpline providing a single point of contact for anyone in Wales wanting further information or help relating to drugs or alcohol

DrugsAlcohol.info / 028 9031 1611
The first regional alcohol and drugs website for professionals in Northern Ireland

NHS Direct / 0845 4647
For health advice and reassurance

NORCAS / 0808 208 1701
Helping to overcome drug problems, alcohol dependancy and gambling addition for both adult and youth

Turning Point / 080 7702 2300
Services for people affected by drug and alcohol misuse

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Contact Us

We will be pleased to answer any of your questions or help advise you on further information. Contact us here at:-

Anglia DNA Services
33 Scottow Enterprise Park
Badersfield
Norwich, Norfolk, NR10 5FB

www.claritest.co.uk / Tel: 01603 358 171 /
Fax: 01603 298 071 / Email: info@claritest.co.uk