Using Drug Testing to Monitor and Control Drug Misuse

“Drug taking is an almost universal phenomenon and, statistically, those that are not taking drugs are abnormal”.

Many people would prefer to argue however, when you look at it in detail this statement, it is extremely precise. What is the reason? A drug can be described as any chemical that is utilized to alter a chemical process or other processes within the body. In this sense almost everything we consume (or allow into our bodies) could be classified as a drug.

Still need convincing? Perhaps a bottle of Red Bull to ‘give you wings’ or paracetamol to ease the effects of the night’s antics? The list could go on including coffee, tea, prescription medications, non-prescription drugs and alcohol and recreational (illegal) drugs , and even chocolate. Visit:-

If you consider it, humanity has used, in some form or manner various kinds of drugs, either natural or synthetically made, to change their condition physically or mentally.

If drugs and drug users are a an everyday part of our lives and we have a problem, what is the root of the issue?

Any substance that is considered to be a ‘good’ substance (e.g. coffee or pain relievers) or an ‘unhealthy’ one (e.g. heroin or cannabis) can be dangerous if used and not just for the person who is affected but also for those who are close to them and especially young dependents and the entire community. In this regard, there have been numerous laws enacted in the UK that regulate the production and distribution of drugs that are used to treat ailments (Medicines Act of 1968) and also stop the use of non-medicinal or illegal substances (Misuse of Drugs Act 1971).

In the UK present, the latest statistics released from the Office of National Statistics suggest an approximate figure of 320,000 people who are known to be problem drug users, as well as the 1.8 million people who drink in a way that is harmful and the numbers are increasing each year. The financial burden of managing the issue of substance abuse, for example, in the form of NHS and productivity loss in the workplace and police work, is estimated to be PS30 billion per year. These factors have resulted in changes to policy and an increased focus on rehabilitation and treatment for those who are affected.

But, before any type of treatment is initiated it is essential to determine exactly which chemical or substance is being used in what amounts and for what duration. This is now feasible thanks to advancements in the field of analytical science.

Chemicals, drugs and biological substances, when consumed or smoked, or otherwise allowed access to the body, get into the bloodstream and are transformed into specific compounds. The metabolites, a few of that are integrated into the keratinised matrices of nails and hair – circulate throughout the body, before being eliminated via sweat or urine. If, upon analysis, the proper metabolites are found in a particular sample and there is evidence of misuse of drugs can be determined.


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