The standard hair drug test can test for the presence or absence of up to 60 drugs in a world class forensic facility. The lab commonly provides forensic services for the coroners courts and police departments and has a 5-7 business day turnaround time.
Below is a list of drugs tested:
cannabis (marijuana, tetrahydrocannbinol)
Is a widely smoked or ingested illicit drug. Scientific studies can neither confirm or deny long term harmful effects as research is difficult to conduct on a drug substance that in banned in most countries. Marijuana can be detected in urine for only up to 30 days after it is taken. In contrast, Marijuana can appear in hair many months after it is consumed and is impervious to tampering making hair testing is a good choice. Individual may be able to “beat” a urine test but NOT a hair drug test.
Designer drug compounds such as synthetic marijuana are NOT routinely included in the forensic lab’s normal range of analytes. They are excluded as they are difficult to detect due to a large variety of different types of synthetic drugs, hence validating and detecting accurately is not possible. The main problem with testing synthetic marijuana is by the time the lab has worked out how to accurately detect it, a new one is invented hence impossible to catch up and keep up. Synthetic marijuana is also known as Kronic, Purple Haze, Voodoo and Kaos.
Heroin is the common name for this drug which is used recreationally.It is very addictive and is responsible for a high level of drug induced fatalities. It is mostly taken intravenously and less commonly smoked.
It is sometimes used in hospitals to relieve severe pain caused by trauma, heart attack and other terminal illnesses.
Cocaine is one of the most widely used illicit drugs all over the world. It is used medically as a local anaesthetic.
Cocaine can be detected in urine for only up to 3 days after it is consumed. In contrast, cocaine can appear in hair months after it is consumed making hair testing is a good choice to exonerate or implicate individuals.
Amphetamine and Methamphetamine are illicit drugs. They are used medically in the treatment of ADHD, narcolepsy, obesity and depression which has not responded to other treatments.
Amphetamines abuse can be detected in urine for only a few days after it is consumed. In contrast, amphetamines can appear in hair months after it is consumed making hair testing is a good choice to exonerate or implicate individuals.
3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is commonly known as ecstasy and belongs to the amphetamine class of drugs.
It can be used in anxiety related conditions or PTSD (post- traumatic stress disorder) psychotherapy where emotional defences are lowered as it induces a state of intimacy, compassion, euphoria, enhances self-evaluation and reduces anxiety and fear.
Morphine is an opiate drug use to relieve pain ranging from heart attack to child birth. It is the gold-standard treatment for very severe pain but has a high potential for addiction.
Codeine is a drug used in many, many over the counter medications such as Pandeine, Tylenol, Nurofen Plus and some cough syrups. It is also used in anti-diarrhoea medications and as a medication to suppress coughing.
Pethidine is used in hospitals as a pain killer for moderate to severe pain. Australia has strict limits on its use and it is now mainly used during child birth and in some emergency departments.
Methadone is primarily used for pain relief. It is also used in the treatment of opioid dependency as it has some of the same effects of heroin without the addictive quality.
Diazepam(valium, diastat, antenex, ducene,valpam) is used in the treatment of insomnia. It can also be used in the treatment of stroke and vertigo. It has sedative properties which can be used to help treat the symptoms of alcohol, benzodiazepine and opiate withdrawal.
Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol, date rape drug)is commonly known as the “date rape” drug or Rohypnol due it ability to cause strong amnesia in addition to having a hypnotic affect as well as well as a relaxant and sedative. It is sometimes prescribed to treat severe insomnia.
Oxazepam (serepax, murelax, alepam, serax) is a sedative used in the treatment of anxiety and depression as well as insomnia. It can be used to help with the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and there is some evidence to suggest it may be helpful in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.
6-MAM is a metabolite of heroin. A metabolite is a chemical compound that is produced during the break down of the parent compound.
Fentanyl is a strong synthetic narcotic analgesic (100 X stronger than morphine) and is used as a pain killer or as a general anaesthetic.
It is fast acting but short lasting. It is often used as sub-lingual (under the tongue) spray for cancer patients, root canal treatments, and a component in the epidurals used during child birth.
Fentanyl can be fatal if taken in sufficient quantities.
Alprazolam (commonly known as Zanax or Xanax) is used in the treatment of panic and anxiety disorders. It can also be used to sedate patients after chemotherapy to reduce their nausea and vomiting.
Oxycodone (roxicodone, oxyIR, oxyfast, oxycontin) is an opiate painkiller used for moderate to severe pain relief for acute and chronic conditions.
Ketamine is primarily used as an anaesthetic and sedative. It can be prescribed for bipolar, depression, asthma or treatment of COAD (Chronic Obstructive Airway Disease). It is known as a “dissociative anaesthetic” giving an out of body near death experience (commonly referred to as the “K-Hole”). A dreamlike state with a sense of detachment from the environment and self, hallucinations and distortion of sight and sound. One of the side effects is memory loss hence used as a “Date Rape” drug.
Methylamphetamine(methamphetamine hydrochloride) is most structurally similar to amphetamines. it is commonly referred to as “crystal meth”, “meth”, “speed”, “crystal” or “ice”.
It increases alertness, concentration, energy, and in high doses, can induce euphoria, enhance self-esteem and increase libido.
It also is responsible for “meth mouth” (fast decaying teeth) and increases the incidences of aggression, paranoia, hallucinations and obsessive behaviours.
Benzoylecgonine is a byproduct of cocaine metabolism, it cannot be produced by other means. It is sometimes used as a topical anaesthetic.
Nitrazepam is a hypnotic drug used in the treatment of moderate to severe insomnia. It has muscle relaxing properties which can relax muscles and help as an anti-convulsive for people who suffer from epilepsy. It does affect coordination and balance hence is sometimes responsible for hip fractures in the elderly.
7aminonitrazepam is a metabolite of Nitrazepam. A metabolite is a chemical compound that is produced during the break down of the parent compound.
Clonazepamis a benzodiazepine drug and is primarily prescribed for epilepsy due to its anticonvulsant, muscle relaxing and hypnotic properties. It is also used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.
There is some medical evidence suggesting that it causes malformations in foetuses such as heart or facial deformations and lowers IQ when used in early pregnancy, however, the data is not conclusive.
7aminoclonazepam is a metabolite of clonazepam which can be measured as a surrogate for clonazepam. A metabolite is a chemical compound which is produced during the break down of the parent compound.
7aminoflunitrazepam is a metabolite of flunitrazepam. A metabolite is a chemical compound that is produced during the break down of the parent compound.
Bromazepam is used in the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders. It is also sometimes used to reduce anxiety in people about to have surgery.
Clobazam (fisium, onfi, urbanol) is used in the treatment of epilepsy due to its anticonvulsive properties.
Triazolam (hyman, halcion trilam) is a sedative used in the treatment of severe insomnia. It can also be used in the short term to help with jet lag. It can be used also during anaesthesia to prepare people for surgery.
Lorazepam (ativan, temesta) is mainly used in the short-term treatment of severe anxiety. It also has sedative effects which can be used to treat insomnia, however, withdrawal symptoms of both insomnia and anxiety can occur if it is used for too long. It’s sedative properties can also be useful in helping to prevent vomiting and nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Lorazepam can also be used to treat the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and is sometimes used to sedate patients in hospital, especially those requiring mechanical ventilation and as a pre-medication during a general anaesthetic. It can also be used to treat epilepsy and other forms of seizures.
Temazepam is mainly used in the treatment of insomnia. As with other benzodiazepines it can cause unsteadiness and this can lead to falls and fractures, particularly in the elderly.
Nordiazepam is a metabolite of diazepam and other benzodiazepines. A metabolite is a chemical compound that is produced when the parent compound is broken down.
Midazolam (dormicum, hypnovel, flormidal) is mainly used in anaesthetics to sedate patients who are about to have a procedure or surgery. It can also be used in the treatment of insomnia, schizophrenia and epilepsy.
Zopiclone (imovane, lunesta) is a tranquilliser which is mainly used in the treatment of insomnia where the symptoms are primarily to do with sleep initiation.
Zolpidem is marketed under the name Ambien. It is a sleeping pill used in the short term to treat insomnia.
If we have not listed the drug you would like tested please email us the name of the drug and we will check with our forensic drug testing lab. Our forensic drug laboratory does incorporate new drug testing methods, so best to check by emailing us for up to date drug testing information.
Please note that Alcohol can NOT be tested using hair as a sample.
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