World-lead­ing drug testing agen­cies open New Zealand lab­o­ra­tory

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The Drug De­tec­tion Agency (TDDA) is open­ing a state-of-the-art drug testing lab­o­ra­tory that will in­tro­duce a rev­o­lu­tion­ary new level of ser­vice and ex­per­tise to its ser­vices.

A joint ven­ture with United States based Omega Lab­o­ra­to­ries, Inc – one of the world’s lead­ing providers of hair and oral fluid (saliva) spec­i­men testing – TDDA’s clients through­out Aus­trala­sia will soon be able to en­joy a quicker turn­around of test re­sults, all backed by lead­ing lab testing ex­per­tise.

Known as TDDA Omega Lab­o­ra­tory Ser­vices, it will of­fer state-of-the-art drug testing ser­vices, as well as re­search testing meth­ods to ad­dress the ever-in­creas­ing di­ver­sity of syn­thetic drugs that are flood­ing into the com­mu­nity. The lab­o­ra­tory testing meth­ods will be up­dated reg­u­larly to en­sure they keep pace with the il­licit drug de­vel­op­ments.

Testing will also in­clude an ex­tended pain man­age­ment panel that in­cludes the ma­jor­ity of opi­oid med­i­ca­tions that have sig­nif­i­cant abuse and ad­dic­tion po­ten­tial.

The Auck­land lab­o­ra­tory is due to open later this year and will be headed by Dr Paul Fitz­mau­rice. Dr Fitz­mau­rice, who has a PhD in Tox­i­col­ogy, has more than 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try, most re­cently work­ing for the New Zealand Gov­ern­ment owned ESR (The In­sti­tute of En­vi­ron­men­tal Science and Re­search), in­clud­ing man­ag­ing the Work­place Drug Testing pro­gramme as part of his role.

Kirk Hardy, CEO, TDDA says that the last few years have seen in­dus­tries like man­u­fac­tur­ing and con­struc­tion take work­place

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