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Responsible for the service The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)

Alcohol and drug testing for health care purposes

  • Service
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

Alcohol and drug testing for health care is carried out for diagnostic purposes, monitoring of treatment, or, for instance, in the cases of overdose.

In social care, alcohol and drug tests are carried out, for example, in connection with child protection cases. If the testing may have social, financial or judicial consequences for the patient, the testing is conducted so that all positive screening results are then confirmed with another unaffiliated method.

Drug and substance screening for Social and health care is carried out from blood and urine samples, and, if required, from other samples such as meconium, saliva and hair, using chromatography-mass spectrometry methods. Most of the methods of analysis used in the service are accredited by the Finnish Accreditation Service (FINAS) in accordance with standard SFS-EN ISO/IEC 17025 (test laboratory T077).

Do the following

The Forensic Toxicology Unit at THL delivers sampling equipment and samples upon request.

We recommend testing is requested as an extensive screening for drugs and pharmaceutical substances, if it is not clear which substance/s are involved, or if the use of multiple substances simultaneously, new drugs or designer drugs is being suspected.

Testing can also be requested for confirming the presence of a specific substance or a group of substances, if, for instance, the person requesting the test has done a quick drug test resulting in a positive preliminary result for a specific group of substances, and there is no suspicion of use of other types of drugs or pharmaceutical substances.

For more information, go to the website or directly contact THL’s Forensic Toxicology Unit.

To whom and on what terms

Screening for alcohol, drugs and pharmaceutical substances is conducted upon the request of Social and health services’ units.

Tests are not performed on private individuals.

The service is subject to a fee.

A fee is charged for the service.

Basic information

The service is provided byThe National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
Responsible for the serviceThe National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
Updated: 29/1/2020