Saturday, December 2, 2023 - 8:30pm

Janet A. Essary Drug Court Lab

Call the color line for daily colors: (863) 534-5828

A valid photo ID is required for all lab services!

The Janet A. Essary Drug Court Laboratory is located on the 4th floor of the Polk County Courthouse in Bartow, FL. It is a DATIA Accredited Collection Facility that conducts observed urine specimen collections and testing for Problem Solving Court participants, defendants/litigants in all court divisions, parties engaging in services within the child-welfare system, as well as the general public. All specimens collected and tests performed are assessed a fee that is payable to the Polk County Clerk of Court. Most test results are available within 48 hours.

The lab currently utilizes a Mindray 800 analyzer to perform Immunoassay analyzation. Staff members are extensively trained in specimen collection procedures as well as the operation of all lab equipment used to conduct urinalysis testing. Staff members continually participate in progressive training events that focus on the most up-to-date information regarding drugs of abuse, adulteration methods and products used to falsify urine testing.

The following drug tests are available:

Drug Court Lab Accredited Seal with photo of lab equipment used

  • Amphetamine
  • Benzodiazepine
  • Cannabinoids (THC)
  • Cocaine
  • Ethyl Alcohol
  • Fentanyl
  • Heroin
  • Methadone
  • Opiates
  • K2
  • Oxycodone
  • Breathalyzer also available

For result confirmations and further testing, specimens may be sent to an independent laboratory for an additional fee per confirmation.

Contact Information

Lab Coordinator

Jarrod Sowell
Telephone: (863) 534-4620
Fax: (863) 534-5853

Assistant Lab Coordinator

Carrie Couey
Telephone: (863) 534-4620
Fax: (863) 534-5853


Janet A. Essary Drug Court


Lab Locations & Hours of Operation

Polk County Courthouse

Located in Suite 4A, fourth floor, west tower (red elevators)
255 N. Broadway Avenue
Bartow, FL 33830
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:30pm
(All fees must be paid and clients signed in by 4:15pm)


Lakeland Branch Courthouse

930 E Parker St. 3425
Lakeland, FL 33801
Hours: Mondays 9am-12pm
(All fees must be paid and clients signed in by 11:45am)

Northeast Polk Government Center

3425 Lake Alfred Road
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Hours: Thursdays 9am-12pm
(All fees must be paid and clients signed in by 11:45am)


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