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Blog - 'Ice' in the Workplace

Methamphetamine (meth, ICE) is a drug of the amphetamine-type stimulants class that acts primarily by stimulating the excitatory pathways of the central and peripheral nervous system. Users can show overconfidence, poor judgement, anxiety, irritability, aggression and other undesirable outcomes.

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Blog - Recent changes to laboratory certificates from RASL

Clients may have seen some changes in the reporting format of urine drug test certificates issued by Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL). The general structure of the report remains unchanged, with;

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Blog - Codeine Update

The changes around codeine availability on prescription only commenced on 1 February 2018 – pharmacies also started to record over the counter sales of codeine in December 2017, to limit stockpiling of codeine products by consumers in advance of the changes. What do the changes mean for drug testing?

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Blog - On the Intricacies of Breath Alcohol Testing

Breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) measured sing an electronic breath testing device (i.e. a breathalyser) is the accepted practice to measure alcohol use. The current Australian Standard ('AS 3547:1997 breath alcohol testing devices for personal use') is currently under review, and after a period of public comment the revised standard will...

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Blog - Calls for change in roadside drug testing

A recent article has highlighted concerns about the roadside drug testing program conducted in NSW. It suggests that the detection process is flawed as it may capture individuals who had previously used recreational drugs (such as cannabis) but who were not impaired by drugs at the time of testing.

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Blog - End of Year Updates

This has been under review throughout 2017, and a draft Standard was released for public comment.

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Blog - Pill Testing & Drug Culture

We can acknowledge that there is a culture of drug consumption in modern society and that there is clearly penetration of these behaviours into other parts of life and culture, including workplaces, domestic environments, and recreation.

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Blog - Flakka: a new drug or just more of the same?

Flakka (α-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone) is a recently described street drug that first emerged in Florida. It is a type of synthetic drug, similar to the so-called "designer drugs", designed to evade drug detection systems and to defeat legislation regarding illicit drug use.

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Blog - An Alarming New Trend in Opioid Use

A recent phenomenon observed in the US and reported widely by police on social media is the incidence of parents found in their car in public spaces, completely unconscious due to opioid (including heroin) abuse. In cases that have been reported, children have been found in the vehicle raising ire...

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Blog - The Many Excuses for Positive Drug Tests

We acknowledge that the on-site drug testing process, using immunologically-based methods, may have some potential for ‘false positive’. These results are attributable to cross-reactions with medications, foods or other substances that may be present. However, we are extremely confident that the laboratory confirmation procedures, using chromatographic anlysis with mass spectrometric...

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Blog - Hair testing for drugs of abuse

Workplace drug testing is most commonly based on oral fluid or urine samples in which the presence of drug (or metabolites) above permitted levels can be determined by on-site devices (usually immunoassay). Laboratory confirmation tests may then accurately measure concentrations of specific drug identities.

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Blog - Hemp and Drug Testing

There have been lobby groups in existence for a long time who seek the legalisation of the use of hemp and hemp products, and the decriminalisation of recreational cannabis use. While hemp has many potential uses, ranging from textiles and fibres, to construction materials and animal feeds, its availability has...

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Blog - Codeine and Drug Testing

Codeine is an opiate analgesic, used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain that does not respond to aspirin, paracetamol or ibuprofen alone. It is available in a wide range of over-the-counter preparations for pain and fever in combination with paracetamol (e.g. Panamax Co) or ibuprofen (Nurofen Plus).

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