Clinical use: This test can be used where determining recent illicit drug use will help aid clinical management.
Background: The initial screen is based on an immunoassay and will indicate which, if any, of the major illicit drug groups are present. Further confirmation analysis employing GC-MS will identify the particular drug involved and will also give more information on any less common drugs of abuse and any commonly occurring pharmacological compounds that may be present. However toxicological analysis will only show current or more recent drug use.
Reference ranges:

Barbiturates, Benziodiazepines, Cannabinoids, Cocaine, Ecstasy, Opiates, Urine Alcohol, Methadone Metabolites and Amphetamines.

N/A – Results are expressed as either positive or negative

Associated diseases:
Patient preparation: None required
Specimen Requirements: Urine sample collected into a plain universal.
Please indicate any suspected drug use on request. If chain of custody is required sample must be accompanied by correct forms and in a locking box. Discuss with Laboratory if unsure.
Turnaround time: 10 days
Additional information:

If result is required urgently this must be discussed with the laboratory.

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Referred test: Referred test
Location: Wansbeck hospital
Page last updated on: 14 May 2015