The Problem

Prisons, and society at large, are straining under the violence and socio-economic costs related to the ubiquitous supply of drugs to prisoners.

Failure to tackle drug addiction in prison institutions, has significant social costs on inmates and society: „ it undermines prison security; it leads to debt and violence; „ it makes prisoners less likely to engage constructively in their rehabilitation; „ and it significantly contributes towards high reoffending rates.„ There are also significant financial costs. For example, in the UK, a 2013 study by the Home Office found that heroin and crack cocaine users were responsible for 45% of all acquisitive crime in England and Wales (excluding fraud) – with an estimated cost of £4.7 billion every year. Once incarcerated, many of these offenders continue to use illicit drugs and perpetuate acquisitive crime upon release, in order to facilitate their addiction.

How can Drug lab 118 help?

Using Drug Lab 118 products, the Prison Service sector can conduct instant, non-invasive and efficient screening of people and surfaces, at any time. Prisons can randomly test all officers coming on duty, all incoming mail, all visitors and all newly arriving prisoners.

The tests can be performed rapidly, safely and with ease. This leads to a dramatic saving in public spending and effective use of the prison staffs’ time. A reduction of drugs in prison will contribute to the restoration of the primary objective of incarceration: to rehabilitate.


The Products


The NH2 can detect amines found in all hallucinogenic drugs. It is a colorimetric test that instantly detects all illicit substances that are based on chemical amines, including the most common recreational drugs such as:

  • Amphetamines (MDMA)
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Ketamine
  • LSD
  • Methadone
  • Methamphetamine

Most psychoactive substances (and hence most illegal drugs) contain amines. The NH2 is the only available instant swab-based test for amines. Through its unique science, it facilitates the instant and effective screening of people and surfaces, and can be a valuable tool in the detection of illicit drugs in prisons.


The THC colorimetric test instantly detects all cannabinoids, including:

  • Cannabis resin
  • Lebanese gold
  • Marijuana
  • THC oil

The test chemistry produces a colour change with cannabinoids. Similar to the NH2 in application, the THC test is the only available instant swab-based test for THC.

Drug Lab 118 products can act as a powerful detection and deterrent solutions in the Prison Service sector.

See the NH2 and THC product tabs for further details.


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