When is a drug hangover not just a hangover?

Are you ok to go to work in Victoria if you’ve recently taken drugs? Only drug testing can say for certain.

Saliva drug testing in Victoria the one way to know if you’re still under the influence

If you’ve had a big night out on the grog, you might not be feeling too flash the next day but you’ll still probably be able to work out whether you’re safe to drive or work. But when it comes to drugs, it’s a little more difficult, which is why for any business in Victoria where safety is important drug testing is a necessity.

It’s only a hangover… I think!

As we’ve mentioned before in our blogs, there are blood alcohol level calculators you can use to roughly calculate if you’ll be under 0.05 or at zero blood alcohol level. Enter you sex, weight, number of drinks and the number of hours you drank and the calculator will spit out a result. It’s only a guide, however, so don’t take it as gospel. And remember, too, that cold showers, coffee, vomiting or any other ‘cure’ won’t make a difference; only time will.

When it comes to drugs, however, saliva drug testing is about the only way to tell if you still have drugs in your system. Time, of course, will help. For example, if you take drugs such as ecstasy, ICE, cannabis and heroin on a Friday night, you’ll likely be okay if asked to take part in drug testing at your Victorian workplace on a Monday morning. But, unlike with alcohol, knowing exactly how much time can be difficult to calculate.

Drug testing in Victoria – calculating the time

Like alcohol, calculating the time for drugs to be removed from your system involves many factors. Some are individual, such as your sex, size, weight, health and whether you’re a regular user. While alcoholic drinks generally contain a known quantity of alcohol, for illegal drugs you’re not going to know the purity, potency and other factors.

That’s why we say that for any workplace in Victoria – or for any person wanting to know whether drugs are still in their system – drug testing is the only way to know.

There are guides you can follow on the amount of time it will take for drugs to be flushed from your system. See, for example, this excellent resource on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website about how long can drugs be detected, but remember it is only a guide. As the last paragraph states: “Avoid driving when you’ve been using alcohol or other drugs. Even if you feel okay to drive, you can still be affected and unsafe on the roads.” The same, of course, can be said for going to work.

Pray your workplace in Victoria uses saliva drug testing

If you have taken drugs recently, go to work and get called up to take part in drug testing, pray your Victorian employer uses saliva drug testing. That’s because the detection time for drugs using saliva drug testing is shorter than it is for the other commonly used drug testing method, urine.

While the user may see this as an advantage, and it is, the employer may see this is a negative, but it’s not. If you’re an employer in Victoria conducting drug testing, saliva drug testing is the preferred method as you’re trying to detect people who are unsafe to be at work; not people who have taken drugs in the spare time and are fine to be at work. Saliva drug testing in Victoria is the best way to determine if someone is safe to be at work.

Want to know more about saliva drug testing in Victoria? Want to find out more about why we recommend saliva drug testing over urine drug testing for your Victorian business? Go to the saliva drug testing page or give us a call on 1300 SALIVA (1300 725 482).


Are you ok to go to work in Victoria if you’ve recently taken drugs? Only drug testing can say for certain.

By Michael

Michael is the founder of Integrity Sampling and is responsible for overseeing all national operations. He is based at Integrity Sampling's head office in Melbourne and is also responsible for the co-ordination of drug and alcohol testing within Victoria, assisting in the implementation of drug and alcohol (fit for work) policies and the presentation of drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. You can connect with Michael Wheeldon on LinkedIn

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