Reliable and accurate drug testing for personal use is possible thanks to a wide range of drug testing methods from AlphaBiolabs. The UKAS-accredited testing laboratory can analyse samples including urine, saliva, hair and even nail clippings.

Which drug test is right for you depends on the reason behind the test and the timescale you are interested in. If you need to prove that an individual has used a drug within the last few days, urine and oral fluid (saliva) tests are a convenient and effective option, giving immediate results. If you want to gain an accurate picture of someone’s history of substance misuse, AlphaBiolabs can provide an overview of any drug use over several months by testing nail clippings or hair strands.

Types of drug tests for personal use

Hair drug testing offers a window of detection of up to 12 months. In addition, if there is sufficient sample, head hair samples can be segmented to provide month-by-month analyses, which can give a historic pattern of drug intake. Body hair can also be analysed if there is insufficient head hair to provide up to a 12-month overview. The hair samples are always collected from a discreet area.

Nail clipping analysis is a useful form of testing if there is insufficient hair available. Nail drug testing can also provide a 12-month overview of drug use. Both fingernails and toenails can be analysed.

A saliva sample (oral fluid testing) is useful for detecting recent drug use and is quick and produces instant results. It detects drug use from 30–60 minutes after ingestion up to 2 days, although this can depend on the particular substance taken. Similarly, urine drug testing has a period of detection of only a few days, although, again, this can depend on the particular substance taken. Most drugs are flushed out of your body in a matter of days. Drugs including cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA can be present in urine for roughly 3–5 days, but cannabis can stay in urine for as long as 28 days after chronic use.

Collection options simplify drug testing for personal use

At AlphaBiolabs, we aim to make the drug testing process as simple as possible for our customers. Our network of experienced and highly trained sample collectors can visit you at a time and place to suit you. Should you require legally-defensible results, our collectors will follow chain of custody procedures to prevent any potential tampering or contamination.

You can also choose to call into one of our 11 Walk in Centres, located across the UK in Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, North London, South London, Preston and Warrington. Using a Walk in Centre can save you money and reduce the overall cost of the drug testing process.

If you require information on drug testing options for personal use, please contact AlphaBiolabs on 0333 600 1300 or email