The recent challenge of identifying synthetic cannabinoids (“K2” and “Spice”), designer stimulants (“bath salts”), opioids, and other illicit compounds in blood and urine specimens has burdened both clinical and forensic toxicology laboratories as well as the judicial system.
The effects of synthetic cannabinoids can be unpredictable and severe or even life-threatening; but their use continues to rise.
In 2010, DEA reported that 30–35% of specimens submitted by juvenile probation departments tested positive for synthetic cannabinoids, and according to the 2011 National Institutes of Drug Abuse (NIDA)-sponsored Monitoring the Future survey, 11% of high school seniors reported smoking synthetic marijuana in the past year, making it one of the most commonly abused drugs in this population—second only to marijuana. Furthermore, researchers recently reported that 4.5% of urine specimens collected from 5,956 U.S. athletes tested positive for synthetic cannabinoids, the highest of all drug classes detected (1).
In addition to the synthetic cannabinoids, other stimulants , hallucinogens, and fentanyl-based opioids continue to appear as illicit drug makers constantly change the structure of these “designer” drugs to evade detection in most testing platforms. PinPoint Testing, LLC is the industry expert on synthetic drug detection and is continually updating our assays to provide the broadest and most relevant drug panels to detect and quantify these rapidly moving targets.
The PinPoint Testing, LLC comprehensive test menu has over 400 drugs including opiates, benzodiazepine, stimulants, cannabinoids, synthetic designer drugs. Contact us today to learn how we can work with your laboratory or assist with judicial services needs.