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How Long Can Meth Be Detected?

On Behalf of The Foley Law Firm | February 19, 2022

The high from meth notoriously lasts for a long time – up to a day – and it can often make you crave more after the fact. It leads to high levels of abuse. Some have even gone so far as to call it exquisitely addictive.

In many cases in which someone is facing charges for using meth, this means that they've done so very recently, and it is not hard to use various types of tests to back this up. But what if you only used it once, and it was a fairly long time ago? How long can it still be detected? If it's been two weeks, for instance, does this mean that they can never prove that you used it?

The type of test makes a big difference

Meth can be detected through a few different types of tests, and they all have different time limits in regards to accuracy. Some examples are listed below:

  • The urine test: While the actual effects of taking meth may only last for twenty-four hours, a urine test can show evidence of that use for as long as 72 hours. If you use meth in a chronic fashion, that urine test may actually be able to detect it for up to a week.
  • The blood test: While considered highly accurate, blood tests may not show meth use for as long as urine tests.
  • The hair test: The longest evidence of use comes from a hair test. Traces of meth can be found in your hair for as long as 90 days after that use.

It's important to remember that every case is unique. There are a lot of different factors that play into whether or not meth will be detected in your system if you use it. The important thing to know is that you do have legal options if you're facing charges, and there are steps you'll need to take at this time.

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