Here’s a summary of some of the more interesting drug testing news stories and articles from around the UK this week. As always, if drugs are a concern for you, your family or your organisation, Zoom Testing is here to help. Contact us with all of your drug testing requirements.
Benzodiazepines belong to a group of drugs known as depressants. Unfortunately, benzodiazepines have an extremely high rate of abuse. In the UK, the most common benzodiazepine is Valium. Slang names for the drug include benzos, temazies, jellies, eggs, moggies and vallies. A benzodiazepines drug test will detect BZD in urine within hours of using the drug and possibly up to 2 – 14 days after use.
Benzo Research Project
We are collecting stories from young people who have had experiences with non-prescription benzodiazepine use – either by taking them or being around those who are using them. If you are a young person between the ages of 18-25 years old (or were at the time of your experience with benzos) – we would love to hear your story | Drugs and Me, UK
Cannabis is the most commonly used illegal drug in the UK. At Zoom Testing we offer a very wide range of drug testing kits for cannabis. This week, there were a number of cannabis related news stories that caught the eye:
‘Today is absolutely historic’: legal marijuana sales roll out in New Jersey
Voters first approved of legalising cannabis in the state in 2020 and on 21 April, it became one of the first on the US east coast to start recreational sales | Guardian, UK
Police force uncovers ‘largest’ cannabis find in unused office building in Darlington
Durham Constabulary were called to reports of the drugs farm at a property on Valley Street, in the town, just after 2.15pm on Monday 25 April | ITV,
Powder cocaine continues to be the second most commonly used drug of abuse in the UK, after Cannabis. Zoom Testing supply a wide range of drug testing kits for cocaine. In the news this week:
Superyacht seized with cocaine worth £160m to be sold at auction
The MY Kahu was intercepted 80 miles south of Plymouth last year, and goes on sale Wednesday | Guardian, UK
Blood of the cocaine war with Wade Davis – podcast
Anthropological Ethnobotanist – Wade Davis educates Dave about the true culture of a country known for its drug cartels and cocaine trafficking – Colombia | Drug Science, UK
Heroin is a pain-killing drug, which is derived from the dried milk of the opium poppy. Heroin belongs to a group of drugs known as opiates, other opiates include morphine and methadone. Heroin is also known as smack, H, junk, brown, skag and gear. Zoom Testing is a leading supplier of drug testing kits for Heroin.
Heroin addict mother convicted of fatally neglecting young asthma-suffering son
Laura Heath ‘prioritised her addiction to heroin and crack’ over that of seven-year-old Hakeem Hussain’s welfare | Independent, UK
Other Drug News in the UK
Also in the news this week:
How do you detect drink spiking and what can be done about it? [Australia]
With clubs and pubs reopening to capacity crowds once more, experts fear cases of drink spiking may be on the rise | Guardian, UK
Cardiff: Boy, 13, arrested with suspected Class A drugs
Two teenagers allegedly found with drugs and a “Rambo-style” knife in Cardiff city centre have been arrested | BBC, UK