Summit DNA Ireland

Summit DNA Ireland

Drug Testing in Ireland

Drug testing is an analytical test that can quantify how many narcotics and drugs are in a person’s body if any, as they do not always have to be present. These are common tests that can also detect whether the usage has been recent or not.


The Different Drugs That Can Be Detected 

Several drugs can be detected. From cocaine or cannabis to others that are less well known but just as widely used, such as amphetamines or benzodiazepines. Sedatives, narcotics, steroids, or adrenergic are some of the families that can be analysed. 

Screening centres, individuals, or agencies often request this type of testing. Some of the methods used are body hair, head hair, or nails. These methods are completely painless and very fast, only a small sample is needed, which makes them very convenient. People usually do not have problems obtaining the sample. When choosing the best method, it is best to contact the specialists, they are the ones who can give you the best information, so you can always ask us any questions or doubts.

Summit DNA Ireland is a national DNA, Drug & Alcohol testing service, with testing centres throughout Ireland,  each case is treated with care, professionalism and attention to detail. 

The results are usually ready in 10 days, although each case is different. Furthermore, the time varies according to the number of substances to be analysed as well as the type of drug. 

The best way to find out the final price is to fill in the PDF attached to this page. Complete it with all the information required, and our professionals will respond with a final price. 

For Whom is Drug Testing Indicated 

The first thing to note is that the people who are going to undergo these tests must give their prior consent. This is because the laboratory will be handling personal samples. Drug Testing Kits Ireland is mainly indicated for people who want to know the number of drugs they have in their bodies after previous drug use.


The reasons are personal, although it may be the case that the person in question has been asked to do so by some kind of organization. Some organizations working with children or even in the military often do this kind of analysis. The same happens in sports and in sporting competitions where the use of drugs is forbidden before the competition. 

In addition, in relation to some medical treatments, it is necessary to know about drug use before starting the treatment. 

It should be remembered that most drugs can be detected from an average of 2 hours after use, up to several days or weeks later dependent on sample being tested. 


Some Historical Facts About Drug Testing 

There are many theories about who and why drug testing methods were created. Manfred Donike, a German who was born in 1933, was the first person to use an Agilent (then Hewlett-Packard) gas chromatograph for the detection of anabolic steroids and other prohibited substances in professional athletes in 1966.


Then in 1972, he began testing for the 1972 Olympic Games. His entire life, until his death at the age of 61 (he died of a heart attack during Summer) was devoted to research in this field. He was also an athlete, earning almost 15 titles in cycling during his whole life.


US President Richard Nixon also made great strides in making drug testing a relevant matter and did so with soldiers returning from the Vietnam war. The results showed a high positivity rate among military personnel.


The 1970s was the decade when drug testing became known to the population and was established as a reliable technique to identify drug use. 

Following the crash on USS Nimitz (in which many firefighters tested positive for prohibited drugs) in the early 80s, drug testing started to be common in the Navy.

In the mid-1980 some companies started to perform employer drug tests, to provide a comprehensive analysis of drug-use trends.

Over the past 30 years due to increased awareness surrounding drug testing more companies and people were asking for the test. By that time some public agents started to establish guidelines for testing. 

According to some surveys nearly 8% of adults employed full-time use prohibited drugs. The number changes a bit when we talk about part-time employers, in this case is 9%.





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