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17th June 2021

Poppy seeds and their potential to cause false positive drug test results.   

Poppy seeds and their potential to cause false positive drug test results.    There have been multiple cases where individuals have tested non-negative on drug tests and claim the foods they have consumed are to blame. Most recently, a man reportedly lost out on a potential job offer after eating poppy seed bread from Tesco.    Morphine and Codeine […]

11th June 2021

Adderall Medication Abuse

Adderall is a prescribed medication used commonly to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Adderall is a stimulant drug formed by a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.    Adderall has a high potential for drug misuse, mainly down to its ability to improve concentration and focus whilst making users more energetic. Students and office workers […]

27th May 2021

Was Cocaine Taken by Eurovision Winner?

The Eurovision Song Contest has sparked plenty of controversy in the media. Damiano David, the lead singer of the Italian Eurovision entry Maneskin, appeared to snort cocaine on live TV during the Saturday night show.   Maneskin secured their victory for the song contest on Saturday whilst the UK scored no points for the second year running. The camera turns to […]

17th May 2021

Managing Stress with MDMA  

Commonly known as ‘MDMA’ or ‘Ecstasy’, 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine is taken widely around the world. Mainly used for recreational purposes, takers seek the psychoactive drug effects. The desired ‘high’ achieved after consumption is an increased amount of energy, empathy and altered sensations.  There is an expected spike in consumption due as the UK population begins to go back […]

10th May 2021

New York has passed new legislation legalising the use of recreational marijuana whilst uniting racial equity.  

At the start of April, the state of New York announced that recreational marijuana is now legal. New York is now the 15th state in America to legalise cannabis, and it has now positioned itself to become of the largest legal markets of the drug. New York is one of the few states where the legalisation of the substance is directly […]

19th April 2021

Cocaine Usage in London Falls by 31%

  Throughout the last couple of years, there has been data to support that cocaine usage has spiked. In fact, in 2019, the National Crime Agency (NCA) stated that the UK is the ‘cocaine capital of Europe’ with 117 tones of the drug being consumed throughout the year. One report examined the UK’s drug market to be worth […]

15th April 2021

Elit’Avia announces OdiliaClark as their impairment testing partner

OdiliaClark will be servicing Elit’Avia’s impairment testing programme. OdiliaClark has built a strong reputation within the aviation industry for impairment management with Director David Whiffin M.B.A and his team showing unrivalled knowledge in the subject. David is a regular speaker at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Health and Wellbeing Conference as well as being a trusted […]

19th March 2021

Unseen Benzodiazepine Dependency Wave Predicted in 2021

2020 brought plenty of challenges to UK society as it sought to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and make the many necessary adaptions. A new challenge that is on the horizon for 2021 is the rise of prescriptions for benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines, sometimes referred to as ‘benzos’, are a class of psychoactive drug often prescribed by […]

5th March 2021

How has COVID-19 affected drug and alcohol testing in sport in the last year? 

How has COVID-19 affected drug and alcohol testing in sport in the last year?  With everyone in England looking forward to June the 21st, it does seem like there is an end in sight as far as restrictions go. Interestingly, the England football team are playing the Czech Republic on the 22nd of June, and […]

3rd March 2021

Urine vs Impairment Testing

Urine vs Impairment Testing     Findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) showed that around 1 in 11 adults aged 16 to 59 years had taken a drug in the last year. Arguably, these figures could be much higher given most people keep drug-taking behaviours hidden: The office of national statistics may […]