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Drugs of Abuse

About This Test

Department: Biochemistry (referred)


  • Spot urine (universal container)


Turnaround Time:

6 - 8 weeks


Qualitative analysis of common drugs of abuse

This analysis covers a defined list of common drugs of abuse, including opiates, opioids, cannabinoids, cocaine metabolites, benzodiazepines, amfetamines and legal highs. This analysis should be requested in the majority of cases where drug abuse/overdose is suspected. Please supply full clinical details, including details of any substances suspected to have been taken, or those known to have been given during treatment. This information is invaluable when interpreting results.

Please contact the Duty Biochemist to discuss further drug screening/specific analysis if this is not sufficient.

Please note: in most cases, analysis of urine samples is more informative than analysis of blood samples.

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Analysed at Regional Toxicology Laboratory, City Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham, B18 7QH