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If you take ketamine, will it show up on a drug test?

At some time in your life, an employer, a family member, or the NZ government, may ask you to take a drug test. It’s important to understand what drug tests can detect and what might happen if you fail one.

Ketamine can be tested for in hair, blood, urine and saliva (spit). The detection times for ketamine are not exact and can sometimes be affected by how much you take, how often you take it and your individual body. It is important to remember that every person’s body is different and will process drugs differently.

It is thought that ketamine can be detected for about 14 days in urine (or 2-4 days for some urine tests), 24 hours in saliva, 1-2 days in blood and up to 90 days in hair. 

If you have had ketamine in your system because of a medical procedure and are expecting a drug test, speak to your doctor and employer about the next steps.

If you fail a drug test this may affect your employment, government support, court cases, or official licenses or registrations. At work, you may face legal consequences, especially if you have put the safety of others at risk.

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