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If you eat a lot of Poppy seeds can you return a non-negative drug test result. Can the AusHealth toxicologists explain how this happens?

Australian grown poppy seeds are known to be particularly rich in opiate content. A teaspoon of seeds (5g) can result in a strong non-negative result and a confirmed positive lab test.

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Blog - Methamphetamine matters

Community use of amphetamine-type stimulants has been shown in research studies and several government reports to be increasing and there are significant harms associated with use of these drugs. Detections in workplaces seem to be relatively stable, with confirmed positive test results reported at around 1% to 3% of all...

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Blog - Hair testing guidelines – how do we manage without an Australian Standard?

Hair testing for drugs is an approach that has significant advantages for particular investigations. Head hair grows at roughly one centimetre per month and the window of detection of drugs depends on the length of hair available. This can include the period approximately 2 weeks to 6 months prior to testing.

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Introducing Dr Bruschi

AusHealth Work is pleased to let everyone know that we are expanding our toxicology service capabilities. Dr Sam Bruschi will be joining Dr Edwards as AusHealth Work's toxicologist to provide advice and information. This includes interpretation of drug testing reports, answering worker queries about drug and alcohol testing procedures, and...

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Drug Interactions

It is a truism to say that those who engage in drug-taking behaviour may not be particularly selective about the drug they consume. If the preferred drug is unavailable, or if they are in a social situation where drugs are being shared, then they may decide to use another drug.

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The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists

Effective drug and alcohol testing relies on an understanding of scientific disciplines and principles including human physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, analytical chemistry (and its associated instrumentation), immunology and others. In addition to satisfying Australian and international standards, testing regimes must also take into account efforts by those taking drugs to try...

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Blog - Interactions of foods and medicines with on-site drug tests

The standard procedure for workplace drug testing is to screen workers on-site using a urine or oral fluid drug testing device that detects broad classes of chemicals; usually opiates, benzodiazepines, amphetamine-type stimulants, cocaine and cannabinoids. If a screening test indicates a negative result then workers are allowed to return to work.

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Blog - Introducing Dr Edwards

His role includes providing toxicology advice and support for clients regarding drug and alcohol testing procedures and interpreting drug test results. He is a graduate of Adelaide University with a PhD in toxicology and the measurement of occupational chemical exposures using samples of blood and urine.

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