Drug Detection Technology offers a full line-up of Laboratory Confirmation Drug Testing products and services that provide the essential information you need to make informed decisions.

Laboratory Confirmation Drug Testing is able to definitively detect individual compounds by matching them to a commercially prepared reference standard using one of the following:

  • GC-MS (Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry)
  • GC-MS/MS (Gas Chromatography – Tandem Mass Spectrometry)
  • LC-MS/MS (Liquid Chromatography – Tandem Mass Spectrometry)

Confirmation tests provide qualitative results of drugs and/or drug metabolites present in the sample. Drugs are rapidly metabolised in the body and aids with  detection of metabolites that indicates drug use by the donor. Sometimes it is only the metabolites that are positive in a confirmation test. For example, heroin is rapidly broken down to 6-monoacetylmorphine (6-MAM) and cocaine is rapidly broken down to benzoylecgonine. Detection of these metabolites demonstrates use of heroin and cocaine respectively. Only a confirmation test would allow the laboratory to make the distinction between illicit, prescription medicines or over the counter medication.

Confirmation results are expressed as positive or negative and are legally defensible.

Laboratory Based Oral Fluid (Saliva) Testing

With oral fluid testing, saliva samples are tested for parent drugs and their metabolites. An absorbent collection device is placed in the mouth and the saliva collected is screened for drugs of abuse in the laboratory.  Samples are checked to verify the saliva is human. Oral Fluid offers a substance detection time frame similar to urine and blood testing, but oral fluid samples do not require special collection facilities or working with hazardous bodily fluids.

It is important to note that our oral fluid testing is a completely laboratory based process.

While some instant oral fluid collection devices may be available, they are often not properly FDA-cleared and lack the sensitivity required to detect usage of certain drug classes. It is for these reasons that a laboratory-based process must be used in order to secure valid results. 

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High complexity LC-MS/MS confirmation Customisable urine solutions

Premier Biotech Lab is a CAP Forensic toxicology and CLIA accredited laboratory with platinum standard status and the highest quality instrumentation.

We can combine state of the art, highly sensitive LC-MS/MS instrumentation with reliable methodology to ensure accurate, fast results and customisable solutions for:

  • Schools
  • Criminal Justice/Corrections Testing
  • Pre-employment/Workplace Testing
  • Clinical Practices Testing
  • Pain Management Testing
  • Mental Health Testing

PEth Testing Dried Blood Spots

Dried blood spot collection is the fastest, most convenient way to test for phosphatidylethanol (PEth). Phosphatidylethanol (PEth) is created in red blood cells where it exists as part of the cell membrane. Research suggests a PEth test can differentiate between incidental exposure (hand sanitizer use, etc.) and the intentional use of ethanol. 

PEth is an abnormal phospholipid formed in red blood cells following alcohol exposure. PEth in blood exists as a component of the red cell membrane. PEth is stored in the cell membrane and can be extracted from dried blood spot specimens and measured to identify alcohol exposure.

PEth is a mid to long-term alcohol biomarker, and a positive result (measuring phosphatidylethanol species 16:0/18:1) is an indication of alcohol exposure during the 2-3 weeks prior to sample collection.

The sample amount is 5 dried blood spots from a finger puncture or 5 ml of blood from a standard blood draw using anticoagulation tube collection.


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Anabolic Steroid Urine Testing

Over the past decade, anabolic steroid abuse and the use of other performance-enhancing drugs has become a national concern! Androgenic-anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs are banned by major amateur and professional sports authorities. Individuals of various ages abuse steroids, but it is the abuse among high school students which is a serious problem!

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