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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 screeni ...

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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.

The service is provided by

The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)

Responsible for the service

The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
Text edited by: The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
Updated: 29/1/2020