Sample Types

Randox Testing Services utilises discreet and non-invasive methods of hair drug testing for patient comfort and fast sample collection. Offering a urine test or hair drug test, or a combination of both, our testing methods ensure the possibility for short-term and long-tern drug abuse profiling. With different drug testing methods having different windows of drug detection, we can provide advice on which methods to utilise depending upon the test required for legal proceedings. This ensures the best method of combination of methods is chosen to ensure all of your needs are met.

Urine – Drug & Alcohol Testing

Urine is the most common sample type for drug and alcohol testing. Simple and practical to obtain, it offers short-term drug abuse profiling. Urine samples are most commonly used to detect recent illegal and therapeutic drug use. It is considered non-intrusive and sample collection is not observed.

How it works:

Once a drug is consumed, the end product looks much different once it has been passed through the body. Drugs enter the body in psychedelic form and come out as a metabolite. A urine test is able to detect the metabolites and deliver a confirmatory report indicating their presence though drug-protein conjugates. Tests can be conducted instantly, or samples can be collected and send to our laboratory for more in-depth analysis.

Hair – Alcohol Testing

Randox Testing Services offer a combined analysis for hair alcohol testing as an aid in the determination of chronic excessive alcohol consumption. A combination test of alcohol markers ethyl glucuronide (EtG) and fatty acid rthyl esters (FAEE) help provide evidence to assess chronic excessive alcohol consumption but cannot be used to demonstrate abstinence of alcohol consumption.

Both EtG and FAEE are metabolites of alcohol present in the hair after the breakdown of alcohol in the bofy. Although EtG/FAEE analysis in hair is a useful tool, the analytical findings should not be taken in isolation and other factors surrounding the case should be taken into consideration.

Hair – Drug Testing

At Randox Testing Services we test for a wide range of drugs of abuse. Our different panels highlight the vast range of substances we are capable of testing for, across both instant testing kits and back to lab panels.

How it works:

When a drug is taken it is absorbed by the blood and taken around the body. As the hair grows, drugs from the blood supply are incorporated in the hair follicle. Once the sample has been collected it can be analysed to detect the presence of parent drugs and their metabolites.

Detection window:

Typically up to 90 days using a 3cm sample (1cm of head hair = 1 month detection).

Body hair can be used to provide an extended window of up to 1 year.

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