Unlike urine tests which can only detect recent use, these hair tests can detect historic use. Head hair grows at an average of 0.5 inches per month, so depending on how long your hair is, you could detect usage of several months or even years.
Hair detection has unique advantages in the field of drug testing. Hair can provide long-term medication information that is not available in other biological samples such as blood and urine. Hair samples are relatively easy to take, easy to carry, and easy to store for long periods of time. The slow metabolism of drugs in hair can persist for a long time, and these factors provide better conditions for drug analysis.
Opiate refers to any drug that is derived from the opium poppy, including the natural products, morphine and codeine, and the semi-synthetic drugs such as heroin. Opioid is more general, referring to any drug that acts on the opioid receptor. Opioid analgesics comprise a large group of substances which control pain by depressing the CNS. Large doses of morphine can produce higher tolerance levels, physiological dependency in users, and may lead to substance abuse. Morphine is excreted unmetabolized, and is also the major metabolic product of codeine and heroin.
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These tables show the different drug types and how they are grouped together: BARBITURATES – click on the link to get more detailed information Drugs include Amytal and Amytal Sodium (Amylobarbitone) Luminal (Phenobarbitone) Nembutal (Pentobarbitone) Pronominal (Methyl phenobarbitone) Seconal (Quinalbarbitone) Soneryl (Butobarbitone) Tuinal (Quinalbarbitone and Amylobarbitone) BENZODIAZEPINES – click on the link to […]
Abbreviated name on test Proper name Other names Approximate detectable time it remains in the URINE after use. AMP Amphetamines Speed, amph or whizz. 2-6 days BAR Barbiturates Depressants, Barbs, Downers 3-8 days BUP Buprenorphine Subutex 3-6 days BZO Benzodiazepines Benzos, Rohypnol or roofies 2-14 days COC Cocaine Coke, crack or charlie. 2-5 days MDMA […]
Anyone who takes opioids legally or illegally is at risk of developing opioid addiction. Opioids trigger the release of endorphins making you feel extreme pleasure. When the drug wears off you may find you want those good feelings back. Opioid addiction in the USA is at crisis levels, Donald Trump has called the problem a […]
The 1971 Act (amended through the Criminal justice 2003 Act, which came into effect in 2004) divides drugs into three classes depending on the degree of harm deemed attributable to each drug. In turn the maximum penalties for being convicted of an offence under the Act are fixed according to the class of drug. The […]
Watch the effects of Cannabis Drugs are everywhere around us and most parents worry about their child becoming involved with drugs. Parents often feel they don’t know enough about drugs to help prevent their child from coming to harm. In this section of our site, there are basic details on the most commonly used drugs […]
What are opiates (Heroin) Opiates can be divided into two groups: the naturally occurring opiates like heroin and morphine which are derived from the opium poppy and the synthetic opiates like methadone and dipipanone. Drugs include: Drug name Brand/common name Street name Therapeutic dose range Codeine Actifed Phensedyl Codeine Linctus Codis Buprenorphine Temgesic Tems 0.6-1.6mg […]
What is morphine? Morphine belongs to a group of drugs known as opiates. Morphine is derived from raw opium from the poppy plant. Morphine is a painkilling drug and is one of the most effective drugs known for pain relief so is mostly used to treat moderate to severe pain and severe coughs. Morphine can […]
Providing information on specific drugs and how they are used. This list is designed to benefit professionals who work with drug users and would like more information on the non-therapeutic use of drugs. There are seven sub-sections, corresponding to the seven major drug groups: For each sub-section the main drugs are listed and hyper linked […]