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Legal drug testing

  • Drug testing results within 3 days!
  • Hair, urine, oral fluid and nail samples analysed
  • Low transparent prices
  • A quote can be emailed to you in seconds not hours
  • Free sample collection at our industry-first Walk in Centres
  • Save your clients and the Legal Aid Agency up to £100 per person
    on sample collection fees
  • Winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2016
  • Accredited-laboratory processes
  • Good relationships with many solicitors throughout the UK
  • Able to test for the widest range of drugs including non-standard ones
  • Providing first-class testing services to the legal sector for 15 years

I use AlphaBiolabs every time for my client’s legal drug testing. That way I know my results are correct
David Brown, Family Law Solicitor

Legal drug testing

We have substantially invested in the very latest drug testing analytical equipment, and employ some of the best scientists in the world, to ensure that our legal drug tests are as accurate as possible.

AlphaBiolabs works with many family law firms, legal practitioners, courts and local authorities to support decisions that protect children and families from the effects of harmful substances. We use the latest technologies to bring you fast and reliable legal drug test results from a wide range of illicit, prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

If you have received a quote for a like-for-like legal drug test from another testing laboratory we will match their price and take a further 5% off. This makes AlphaBiolabs one of the most cost-effective solutions for your legal drug testing needs.

Hair strand drug test results in 3 days

We can now offer drug and alcohol testing results in 3 working days, as standard

Our drug testing panel

AlphaBiolabs can test for the widest range of drugs. Below is a list of the main drugs we get asked to test for:

AmphetamineCannabis (THC)PCP
MDMA (Ecstasy)MethadoneBuprenorphine
MDAHeroinTramadol *
AlprazolamMorphineLSD *
DiazepamCodeineGHB *
TemazepamDihydrocodeineSpice *
ChlordiazepoxideMephedroneSteroids *

* These drugs are not in our standard panel. However, we can arrange hair drug testing for them and other less common drugs for an additional fee.

Drug Testing to Detect Illicit Drug Misuse

AlphaBiolabs is best known in the industry for its rapid testing solutions. We can now offer drug and alcohol testing results in 3 working days, as standard.

The Legal Aid Agency has produced a range of information to assist solicitors and individuals in establishing whether their case is eligible for Legal Aid funding and this can be accessed at the following website (legal aid checker). We recommend that you use this as a starting point before embarking on the complex process of applying for legal aid for your application.

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Accredited legal drug testing

AlphaBiolabs specialises in legal drug testing. We have worked with solicitors and local authorities for 15 years to build a service designed for their needs. Our drug tests are admissible to UK courts and we are an approved supplier of the Ministry of Justice. We go to great lengths to ensure that our legal drug testing processes are the best available, which is why you can be sure if you take a legal drug test with AlphaBiolabs you will get the fastest, most accurate drug testing available. Our testing laboratory is accredited by UKAS (No. 2773), to the quality technical standard of ISO 17025, and we are also certified to ISO 9001.

UK-wide sample collection

We have a UK-wide network of sample collectors. Our fully trained sample collectors are able to collect samples from our bespoke Walk in Centres or from an address of your choice (including a client’s home).

If you require a legal drug test, please call 0333 600 1300 for our latest offers.

Price Match Promise: We will match any like-for-like quote and beat it by 5%

Drug testing methods

AlphaBiolabs is able to test for the widest range of drugs and metabolites, including non-standard ones. Using a variety of testing methods, both short-term and historic drug use can be established. Your account manager will be able to advise you on which test is right for your case, saving you time and money.

Our drug testing options include:

Urine drug testing

Urine drug testing is used to determine whether someone is misusing drugs by taking a sample of their urine and analysing it for particular substances.

This form of testing can be particularly useful for on-site / point of care testing as an immediate negative result may mean that no further action is necessary. A non-negative result may require confirmation testing from the laboratory in order to determine exactly what substance was taken and in what quantities.

Oral fluid drug testing

Oral fluid drug testing is a method that can be used to determine whether someone is misusing drugs by taking a sample of their saliva and analysing it for particular substances.

An immediate negative result may mean that no further action needs to be taken, but a non-negative result will then undergo confirmation testing from the laboratory to determine exactly what substance was taken and in what quantities.

Oral fluid drug testing is known as a ‘narrow window’ form of testing as its period of detection is up to 48 hours, although this can depend on the particular substance taken.

Nail drug testing

Nail clipping analysis can provide up to a 6-month overview of drug use and is beneficial when hair drug testing is not possible. Unlike hair drug testing, nail testing won’t give a historic segmented pattern of drug use, but it will give an overview of up to 6 months.

Hair drug testing (both head and body)

Hair drug testing is considered the gold standard in toxicological analysis. This long-established method can provide a history of drug abuse and is routinely used in family law.

It is generally accepted that, for an average person, head hair grows at a rate of approximately 1 cm per month. If an individual consumes a drug, then during its circulation in the bloodstream, a proportion of the drug and its metabolites will enter the hair follicle via the dermal papilla and become incorporated into the growth of the hair shaft.

To drug test the hair, the sample is measured and cut into segments according to the requirements of the case. Each segment is analysed separately for the presence of drugs and their metabolites. Combined with an estimate of the growth rate of the hair, this assists in the determination of an individual’s drug use.

We can perform drug tests using either scalp (head) or body hair samples. Hair testing permits drug use to be determined over a period of months. It can also show whether your client has refrained from taking drugs, and if they have started taking drugs again.

The benefits of hair drug testing for court matters

Did you know that if you request an ‘overview’ drugs of abuse test to cover a period of 3 months, the test may show positive for the whole 3-month period even if your client has abused drugs occasionally? This can give the impression that the sample donor had been abusing drugs for the whole period analysed.

To overcome this, we recommend a 3-month segmented legal hair drug test is undertaken.

As an example, the sample donor could show positive for 1 month and negative for the other 2 months. Therefore, a more accurate reflection of the sample donor’s drug abuse/abstinence can be presented to the court.

For example, a 6-month analysis requesting two segments would equate to an analysis of two 3-month segments.

See the table below for example of hair analyses regularly performed at our laboratory:

Analysis Type Required (Months)Number of SegmentsReported Time Period
313 Months
333 Individual Months
62Two x 3-Month Periods
666 Individual Months

Hair drug testing gives a detailed history of drug use from 2 weeks after ingestion, up to approximately a 12-month period. Drugs can be detected in urine soon after ingestion and for several days thereafter. Drugs can be detected in oral fluid shortly after being consumed and for up to 48 hours.

Drug Screen Plus

Instead of instructing us on particular drugs to detect, our Drug Screen Plus is a standalone service which analyses hair samples for any drugs present. We will then issue a report on exactly what we find and in what quantities.

• On-line quote forms
• No charge if no additional compounds detected
• All testing performed at our laboratory in Warrington
• Results in 3 working days

Your account manager will be able to advise you on which test is right for your case, saving you time and money.

Free UK sample collection

AlphaBiolabs has gone to great lengths to create a full UK network of sample collectors who are able to take your client’s legally admissible DNA, drug and alcohol samples.

Using one of our Walk in Centres could save you an average of £80 on your testing or even more when combined with our Price Match Promise.

I am very impressed with the exceptionally high quality, service and speed. I will be using your company in all future referrals. Great to have found this service which is 100% less hassle than other companies.

Helen Sangster

Family Solicitor, Yaffe Jackson Ostrin Solicitors

Excellent service and all round very user friendly.

Colm McLaughlin

Solicitor, Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors

Very impressed with the speed of the report turnaround. This is key in childcare cases that we deal with. Your Walk in Centres are an excellent way to guarantee minimal delay.

Amy Bellingham

Family Law Solicitor, Elliot Bridgman Solicitors

Excellent turnaround times, arrived very quickly with the results.

Christopher Myles

Solicitor, Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors