Most “Point of Care” drug test devices/kits will give screen results within 5-10 minutes from activation. Sometimes negative results can be read in as little as 2 minutes. This time will vary due to sample type and also the drugs being tested for. The ITS range of urine drug testing and oral fluid drug testing products have strips and tests designed to run slower than others – this is normal and aids better quality results for that strip. The specific instructions indicate at what time “POC positive” results should be read and also over what time they should not be read.
Charity Alcohol Change UK have announced Alcohol Awareness Week (AAW) 2019 will take place from 11-17 November. Are you / your workplace doing anything to support and promote Alcohol Awareness Week?
Pregabalin and Gabapentin to be controlled as class C drugs from April 2019 Prescription drugs pregabalin and gabapentin are to be reclassified as class C controlled substances from April 2019, the government announced on 15 October 2018.The move comes after experts highlighted rising numbers of fatalities linked to the drugs. The change means it will be illegal to possess pregabalin and gabapentin without a prescription and it will be illegal to supply or sell them to others.
Official figures show that drug deaths have risen sharply in England and Wales, reaching record numbers last year. A total of 4,359 people died due to drug poisoning last year, this includes accidental overdoses and suicides from medicinal drugs, as well as illicit drug use.