Standard drug test won't pick up synthetic drugs

FOLLOWING a search and subsequent seizure of a substantial quantity of synthetic drugs in Mackay this week drug and alcohol testing service CQ Rescue Testing Services has issued important advice to employers regarding synthetic drug testing.

Employers need to be aware that a standard drug test won't pick up synthetic drugs, and that a separate, specialised test must be conducted to detect their use.

Jenny Townley from CQ Rescue Testing Services said: "Essentially this means that just because an employee passes a drug test it doesn't necessarily mean they aren't using synthetic drugs.

"Employers need to be aware that testing for synthetic drug use is not part of a routine drug screen and you need to request to have it tested."

Emergency physician Dr Bert Sadleir said users of synthetic cannabis had suffered a wide range of serious health issues, including psychotic episodes, uncontrollable hallucinations, seizures and a range of other serious health issues.

"Not only is the safety of the user at risk, but if they are going to work under the influence of synthetic drugs they are putting the safety of that workplace at risk too," said Dr Sadleir.

Synthetic drug test kits became available in late 2012 and CQ Rescue Testing Services has been testing candidates for synthetic drugs since the beginning of 2013.

For more information about synthetic drug testing contact Jennifer Townley at CQ Rescue Testing Services on 07 4998 5232 or jen@cqrescue.com.au.



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