Legal High Service Update
Effective: 1st July 2014
Change Control Notification – New Repertoire for Drugs of Abuse Screening Oral Fluid & Urine
We are making important changes to our drugs of abuse screening methods from the 1 July 2014 as follows:
R emoved From Repertoire
emoved From Repertoire
Substances Added To Repertoire
reflect current legal highs on sale in the .
For detailed enquiries about our Toxicology service please contact Dr Loretta Ford, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Email: email@example.com or Telephone: 0121 507 6026 /4138.
Legal High Game Over Video
We have been helping with a campaign to create public awareness about the challenging issues with legal high use in the UK at the present time. See the you tube video Legal High Game Over here.....
Legal High Analysis
We are pleased to announce our Toxicology laboratory is able to detect markers in urine that shows the use of a number of the newer cannabiNOIDS commonly found in products on sale across the UK in "head shops".
Since November we have seen eleven cases from around the UK where we have been able to help with the diagnosis of NOIDS "legal high" chemicals being implicated in the clinical presentation.
If you suspect substance misuse then our LC-QTOF service is here for you. We only require a urine sample for this which will be run through the time of flight method and compared to our growing library of over 1,200 drugs and metabolites. Further details in Pathology News.
Urvesh with his hands deep in the LC-QTOF!
The work of our laboratory helping with clinical cases of "street high" hospital admissions features on Midlands Today this Thursday evening.
E-Cig Research Chemicals Sold in UK "Head Shops"
Current substances being sold as research chemicals by "head shops" include a number of products where chemicals with cannabis-like (THCs) receptor activity have been added to plant material, which may then be smoked or taken in some other way. These products certainly account for many patients with which we get involved.
SWBH Biochemistry staff purchase a vapour refill in a Birmingham "head shop" which contained the active ingredients AKB-48 and 5F-AKB-48, confirmed by LC-QTOF. We of course asked for a receipt to claim back from the R&D fund!
Of great concern to us this week has been to see examples of "research chemicals" on sale in Birmingham in the form of e-cigarette (vapour) refills. We have previously received vapour devices for analysis but this is the first direct evidence that shops as well as internet sites are stocking these products.
Clinical laboratories need to be aware of this new delivery method now being actively promoted in "head shops" in the UK. The use of vapour devices for drug delivery other than nicotine and "juice" is potentially a very big area of concern.
April 2014 Pathology News to Referral Labs
Urine Drugs of Abuse Service
Rachel Jones and Andy Whiles are part of the team delivering our new urine Drugs of Abuse Service
From Monday 13 January 2014 we are moving to our new drugs of abuse testing service. All samples received from that date will be analysed using our new LC-MS/MS methods as our primary testing regime. Please note:
Ethylene Glycol and Diethylene Glycol
Our Toxicology Laboratory offers a service for plasma ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol. During working hours turn round is 2 hours. Out of normal working hours and at weekends we try and provide a service but this depends on staff availability, you can discuss these requirements with the Consultant Biochemist On-Call through the SWBH Switchboard (Tel: 0121 554 3801). Further details including downloadable address label...
Trace Elements Laboratory
Dr Nicola Barlow has now taken over as our lead for the Trace Elements service. You can contact Nicola at Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0121 507 3737
Infliximab Service Available to Everyone...
We are pleased to announce that our new Infiliximab therapeutic drug monitoring service is now available for hospitals around the country to refer their samples. This service comprises:
Please see our Infliximab test page on this service where you can also download our user information leaflet. Go to Infliximab page...
Oral Fluid Drug Testing Services
We are pleased to announce our enhanced oral fluid drugs of abuse screen and confirmation service. This includes:
For further information please see our oral fluid drugs of abuse test page click here....
Vitamin D Dried Blood Spot Public Service
Our direct to the public service for serum 25-hydroxy Vitamin D based on dried blood spots has been running since July 2011. This service is available to UK and overseas members of the public click here....
If you would like to undertake the test please click here......
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