Fingerprint drug test adopted across 50 sites by UK drug rehabilitation service to reduce Coronavirus risk


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Fingerprint drug test adopted across 50 sites by UK drug rehabilitation service to reduce Coronavirus risk

  • Change Grow Live orders non-invasive Intelligent Fingerprinting test to support social distancing requirement during opioid substitution treatment testing
  • Fingerprint sweat test is non-biohazardous, more hygienic and simpler for Change Grow Live employees to administer than traditional urine or saliva-based drug tests

Change Grow Live, the UK’s leading provider of drug and alcohol treatment services, is rolling out the Intelligent Fingerprinting drug testing system across 50 of its UK sites to reduce the risk of Coronavirus infection for both service users and employees – while continuing national service provision. The fingerprint-based sweat drug test is non-invasive and hygienic, and supports the requirement for social distancing during testing.

Change Grow Live will roll out fingerprint-based testing immediately, and plans to have some 50 sites operational with the testing system within the next month. It takes less than a minute to collect a service user’s fingerprint sweat samples onto a small drug screening cartridge – and just ten minutes to analyze the cartridge and provide on-site results. The test screens for the opioid substitution drugs methadone and buprenorphine, as well as benzodiazepines and opiates.

“While regular testing is an important element of our Medication Assisted Treatment process, we were determined to evolve our approach in order to maintain service provision while also working to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. Adopting Intelligent Fingerprinting’s non-invasive drug testing system is helping us to achieve this, not only reducing the risk of infection for vulnerable service users through social distancing, but also protecting our colleagues across the country,” explained Martin Folan, Head of Change Portfolio at Change Grow Live. “The fact that the fingerprint-based testing method doesn’t produce any biohazardous waste – in contrast to traditional urine or saliva-based tests – was also a critical consideration for us in making this multi-region procurement decision.”

“Coronavirus is clearly causing organizations across the world to rethink many of their core operational processes, and that’s particularly the case with drug testing where traditional methods that require bodily fluid samples present challenges due to their biohazardous nature,” added Intelligent Fingerprinting’s Executive Chairman, Philip Hand. “Fingerprint-based testing directly addresses these concerns, providing the ability for hygienic testing that can be carried out while still respecting social distancing guidelines. We have already worked with Change Grow Live on a number of successful fingerprint-based drug testing projects, and we look forward to now extending this nationwide as they roll out this important multi-region project.”

Change Grow Live already successfully uses the Intelligent Fingerprinting system in its Spectrum confidential drug and alcohol service in Hertfordshire. The system is also used by Change Grow Live to support Peterborough City Council’s family safeguarding program. In addition, Change Grow Live in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, is using fingerprint drug testing for criminal justice service users.

Fingerprint-based drug testing – how it works
Intelligent Fingerprinting’s drug testing solution features a small, tamper-evident drug screening cartridge onto which ten fingerprint sweat samples are collected, in a process which takes less than a minute. The Intelligent Fingerprinting portable analysis unit then reads the cartridge and provides a positive or negative result on-screen for all drugs in the test in ten minutes.

In addition to the panel being used by Change Grow Live to test for methadone, buprenorphine, benzodiazepines and opiates, organizations can also benefit from Intelligent Fingerprinting’s other drug testing products which include a four-panel test for methamphetamine, cocaine, opiates and cannabis, as well as a laboratory confirmation service.

An introductory video demonstrating fingerprint-based drug testing in action is available here.

NB: The Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening System is currently available in the USA for forensic use only.


For media information contact Cheryl Billson at Comma
Email:  Tel: +44 (0)7791 720460

About Change Grow Live
Change Grow Live is a social care and health charity that works with individuals who want to change their lives for the better and achieve positive and life-affirming goals. To find out more, visit

About Intelligent Fingerprinting
Intelligent Fingerprinting’s portable Drug Screening System works by analyzing fingerprint sweat. It is non-invasive, fast and cost-effective, with sample collection taking seconds and simultaneous screening for multiple drug groups in ten minutes. A laboratory confirmation service is also available.

The system has applications within many sectors and customers include employers in safety-critical industries such as construction, transport and logistics firms, drug treatment and family safeguarding organizations, as well as UK coroners. The company has distributors across the globe, including the USA. The Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening System is currently available in the USA for forensic use only.

Founded in 2007, Intelligent Fingerprinting is a spin-out company from the University of East Anglia (UEA).  The company is based in Cambridge, England and employs around 30 people.

Twitter @iFingerprinting

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