Your employer may require a routine or pre-employment alcohol and drug screen test as part of the company's alcohol and drugs policy. This test is used to determine whether or not you have taken drugs. It may also be used for sports organizations, monitoring opioid use or for forensic or legal purposes. Drug abuse counsellors or physicians may require this test to understand your medical history, symptoms and drug use. It is done using blood or urine samples. The test will show the presence and quantity of specific drugs in the body. Definitive analytical techniques are used to guarantee the accuracy of the test result. Additional blood testing is used to detect the presence of opiates. The urine test shows the presence of cocaine, barbiturates, amphetamines, some opiates, and other street drugs.
You need to have a full bladder prior to the urine test at least two hours before the medical for the most accurate results. The result will be sent to you via email.
Common symptoms of drug abuse include agitation, slurred or slowed speech, panic, small or dilated pupils, nausea, paranoia, delirium, changes in heart rhythm or blood pressure and difficulty breathing. A drug test usually requires you to give a sample of your urine for analysis in a laboratory. Our doctor and/or nurse will provide you with instructions on how to get a clean catch sample.
Wash your hands first. Use a cleansing pad to clean your genital area. Women have to open their labia and clean their genital area from front to back. Men have to wipe the tip of their penis. Move the container under the urine stream and collect at least 15mls of urine.
If additional blood testing is required a sample will also be sent to the laboratory. The test takes less than 5 minutes typically. The drugs that are usually included in the test are PCP, marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine, and opiates like heroin and morphine.
The risk of a false positive is almost zero. However, there are instances when a drug test can have a false positive result. Some decongestants that contain ephedrine can lead to a false positive result for amphetamines. In extremely rare cases, the consumption of poppy seeds can give a false positive result for opioid. It is important to let the clinic know of any herbal drug use or prescription medication you are taking to get the most accurate results.
Some drugs stay in the body for only two to four days, while others appear in a test as many as six weeks after use. This is particularly true with long-term marijuana use.
There are several ways you can get your results. This includes getting a call from the doctor, emailing or calling us on 0207 096 8853 at a convenient time for you. Our private walk in clinic is open from 9am - 9pm weekdays and 10am - 2pm at the weekend. Please call 0207 096 8853 for an appointment if you also want to see the doctor again for an additional private consultation.