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.
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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.
Cocaine is a potent central nervous system stimulant and a local anaesthetic. Initially, it brings about extreme energy and restlessness while gradually resulting in tremors, over-sensitivity and spasms. In large amounts, cocaine causes fever, unresponsiveness, difficulty in breathing and unconsciousness. Cocaine is often self-administered by nasal inhalation, intravenous injection and free-base smoking.
Cotinine is the first-stage metabolite of nicotine, a toxic alkaloid that produces stimulation of the autonomic ganglia and central nervous system when in humans. Nicotine is a drug to which virtually every member of a tobacco-smoking society is exposed whether through direct contact or second-hand inhalation. In addition to tobacco, nicotine is also commercially available as the active ingredient in smoking replacement therapies such as nicotine gum, transdermal patches and nasal sprays.
Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant drug that strongly activates certain systems in the brain. Methamphetamine is closely related chemically to Amphetamine, but the central nervous system effects of Methamphetamine are greater. Methamphetamine is made in illegal laboratories and has a high potential for abuse and dependence. The drug can be taken orally, injected, or inhaled. Acute higher doses lead to enhanced stimulation of the central nervous system and induce euphoria, alertness, reduced appetite, and a sense of increased energy and power. Cardiovascular responses to Methamphetamine include increased blood pressure and cardiac arrhythmias. More acute responses produce anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, psychotic behaviour, and eventually, depression and exhaustion.
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 get […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]