Pouring cold water on drug testing on the Gold Coast

You may be surprised at the number of places on the Gold Coast where you may be asked to undergo drug testing.

These days there are many places to be asked to undertake drug testing on Queensland’s Gold Coast, including our roads, at work and even when out on the water.

Drug testing on Gold Coast roads

Roadside drug testing on Gold Coast and Queensland roads has been in operation for over ten years and the number of drug tests being conducted is growing. Drug testing on our roads is conducted in much the same way as alcohol testing, with people asked to undergo testing randomly, if suspected of being under the influence of drugs or after an incident.

On the Gold Cost and Queensland in general, you’ll be asked to provide a saliva sample for drug testing purposes on our roadsides. The type of drugs that Police can detect include THC (the active ingredient in cannabis), methylamphetamines, and MDMA or ecstasy.

Drug testing on Gold Coast waterways

While drug testing on Gold Coast and Queensland waterways isn’t a new initiative, up until recently it was sparsely used. In fact, before February this year the Road Policing Unit worked in conjunction with the Water Police to undertake drug testing.

In February, a number of Water Police units gained the capability of conducting their own drug testing. Ultimately, the aim is for all Water Police units to be able to conduct drug testing. So, if you operate a boat on the Gold Coast and occasionally or regularly take drugs, there’s a good chance you’ll be caught eventually.

Drug testing on Gold Coast’s waterways is conducted in a similar way to roadside drug testing.

Drug testing in Gold Coast workplaces

If you work in a Gold Coast workplace where safety is important (think mining, manufacturing, aviation, transportation, agriculture, etc.) then chances are you also face drug testing at work. Organisations such as Integrity Sampling help businesses with this professional service, to help them manage safety risks.

Workplace drug testing can be split into four main methodologies:

  1. Pre-employment drug and alcohol testing, conducted prior to a person starting with a business or when promoted.
  2. Cause drug testing, when an employee’s ability to work safely is questioned.
  3. Incident drug testing, following any workplace incident or accident.
  4. Random drug testing.

Integrity Sampling conducts workplace drug testing on the Gold Coast and at other Queensland locations. To find out more about our services and how we can help you, go to our website or phone 1300 SALIVA.


You may be surprised at the number of places on the Gold Coast where you may be asked to undergo drug testing. Credit John https://www.flickr.com/photos/shebalso/13954665823/

By John

John is the Queensland Manager of Integrity Sampling QLD and is based in the Brisbane office. Integrity Sampling provides its range of drug and alcohol management services, including drug and alcohol testing, right across the state. You can connect with John Lorenzen on LinkedIn

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