Drug Analyses in Meconium

Drug abuse during pregnancy poses a serious threat to the normal development of the foetus. As the number of cases have been increased recently, it becomes more important to treat new-borns as quickly as possible. Meconium, the first stool after birth, can be used to detect a possible drug abuse of the mother during the 2nd and 3rd trimester reliably.

Using liquid chromatography (LC-MS/MS) the following drugs can be quantified:

  • Amphetamines/Methamphetamines
  • Benzodiazepines (incl. Z-Drugs)
  • Cannabinoids
  • Cocaine
  • Methadone
  • Opiates
  • Opioids

NOTE: Please send meconium samples immediately after collection to the lab. Drugs are stable in frozen samples (-15 °C) for up to nine months.

Further information on relevant topics

Blood/Serum

Blood/Serum

For a test of alcohol, of the alcohol marker ethylglucuronide, of CDT or the liver values (AST, ALT, GGT) the blood sample should be taken by medical staff.

Dried Blood Samples

Dried Blood Samples

Chromatographic drug analyses (LC-MS/MS) in capillary blood and DBS (dried blood samples) respectively are of increasing importance. Using dried blood samples can be unequivocally assigned to patients and the number of detectable substances is generally larger than in urine.

Urine

Urine

To prevent adulteration, collection of a forensic urine sample should occur under supervision. We recommend the collection in a urine cup from which a few mL are transferred into a urine Monovette®

Hair

Hair

The collection of a hair sample for an analysis of drugs of abuse, medical drugs or the alcohol marker ethylglucuronide is not a medical intervention. Hence it must not be carried out by medical staff. However, it should be performed by qualified trained persons according to recognized guidelines to avoid pre-analytical errors.

Saliva

Saliva

The collection of a saliva sample for an analysis of drugs of abuse or medical drugs is not a medical intervention. Hence it must not be carried out by medical staff. However, it should be performed by qualified trained persons according to recognized guidelines to avoid pre-analytical errors.

Storage

Storage

If transport to our laboratory is delayed, depending on sample material, certain aspects have to be noted.

Transport

Transport

Besides postage a shipment of samples by courier is possible within most parts of Germany.

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