Manchester Lab is First in the UK to Test Hair for Mephedrone

By Trimega Laboratories, PRNE
Thursday, September 16, 2010

LONDON, September 17, 2010 - A drug and alcohol testing laboratory that opened in Manchester six
months ago has become the first in the UK to test for the recently banned
substance, Mephedrone.

The new lab, at the Hexagon Tower science park in Blackley, was opened by
Trimega Laboratories in March with the aim of becoming a centre for
excellence in using hair samples to identify long-term alcohol and drug

Despite the ban on Mephedrone, Trimega has been granted special
dispensation to hold small quantities of the Class B drug in order to develop
its methods of testing. It is now able to return Mephedrone test results from
hair, urine and blood within 36 hours of receiving a sample and has already
received a number of enquiries from Local Authorities involved in child care

Avi Lasarow, CEO of Trimega Laboratories, commented: "We've actually
tested quite a few samples already, so far all in child care cases where
we've been asked to present an accurate picture of a parent's substance abuse
over the past few months."

To find out more about this service, please contract Trimega's Customer
Service team on +44(0)845-388-0124.

About Trimega Laboratories: Established in London in 2005, Trimega
Laboratories ( has developed a range of
innovative techniques for testing substances of abuse. Its core business is
laboratory-based analysis of hair samples that provides accurate historical
records of any alcohol or drugs dependency over a one to 12 month period. In
the UK its clients include: Family Law specialists, Social Services,
regulatory bodies, professions such as nurses and pilots, as well as being
ordered by the Courts directly. Other services offered by Trimega
Laboratories include: Roadside Drugalyzer Testing for law enforcement, Hair
Steroid Testing for athletes, and most recently, Hair Benzodiazepines
Testing. Trimega Laboratories won the title of Best Use of Technology in the
2008 Barclays-sponsored Startups Awards, was a regional winner in the 2008
HSBC Start-up Stars, a runner-up in the 2009 National Customer Service
Awards, and has been on the shortlist for the National Business Awards three
years running. It was also one of 25 companies to represent the UK in the
2010 European Business Awards.

Further information: Nick Heath (Ink PR) +44(0)20-7654-0730 / +44(0)7720-297972 / nick at

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