Hair Drug TestING INFORMATION
WHAT IS HAIR DRUG TESTING ?
Hair testing analyses for drugs within the hair shaft, rather than body fluids like urine or saliva, to determine whether drugs of abuse are present. Compared to analysis of body fluids, hair testing is highly resistant to evasion by adulterating or substituting samples, or by simply abstaining from drug use for a few days.
How long does hair detect drugs in your system?
The standard Pre Employment Hair Drug Test provides a three month drug history. When required, it is possible to provide a longer drug history and alcohol drug history.
WHAT IF THE PERSON IS BALD ?
Hair can be collected from several locations on the head and combined to obtain the required amount of hair. If head hair is not available, certain body hair can be used as an alternative. In instances where a person has no hair (Alopecia) there are other samples that enable us to detect drug history such as finger nail clippings.
are all hair tests the same ?
No, not all Hair Drug Testing is not the same. Brassets offer the worlds leading Hair testing laboratory, the same laboratory that is used by the FBI and Police worldwide. A proprietary digestion method removes virtually 100% of the drugs from the hair, thereby increasing detection capabilities. The processs also employs an extensive wash procedure on test samples, and analyzes the wash to ensure that any potential contamination has been removed or taken into account.
WILL HAIR DETECT A ONE OFF USE ?
No, our pre-employment cut off levels are set to identify regular use not a one off use. The levels are based on field studies that establish the presence of the drugs following ingestion. These levels are included in the FDA submissions, and are similar to the cut-off levels in the 2004 proposed SAMHSA mandatory guidelines.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HAIR AND URINE ?
Comparison studies have proven that Hair testing is up to 5-10 times more effective in identifying drug users than urinalysis. In other words, 85% of the drug users identified by a Hair test could get through a urine screen and enter the workforce.
The primary difference is the wider window of detection with hair. most drugs are rapidly excreted and usually undetectable in urine 72 hours after use. Rather than the hours or days covered by a body fluid test, a hair test covers a period of months, ensuring that a drug user cannot evade the test by simply abstaining for a few days. Additional advantages include: non-intrusive collection procedures, virtual elimination of test evasion through substitution or adulteration, and greater accuracy through test repetition capability. The combination of an increased window of detection and resistance to evasion makes hair testing far more effective than urinalysis in correctly identifying illicit drug users.
HOW LONG WILL RESULTS TAKE ?
From the date of collection Brassets normally provide results in 5 to 7 working days in most countries in the world.
WHAT DRUGS ARE TESTED ?
The standard panel of drugs tested includes all of the main illicit drug classes.
how DO I START PRE EMPLOYMENT HAIR TESTING ?
Pre employment hair drug testing can easily be implemented.
Normally there is no need for Policy change as Pre-Employment testing falls outside of workplace policy since applicants are not employed at the time of pre-employment screening.
There are several ways to implement pre-employment Hair Drug Testing:
- Add a hair drug test to your current medical screening process, our hair drug tests are available from most leading medical providers, pathology clinics and screening organisations.
- We can arrange a Hair Drug Test at a location near your job applicant.
- We can train your internal staff & certify them to conduct hair drug tests.
- We can provide your organisation with an online referral system for quick easy pre-employment booking
HOW MUCH DOES A HAIR DRUG TEST COST ?
The cost is now significantly less than it was even 12 months ago. There are several test options, standard drug test, chronic alcohol test, sectional tests (providing a month by month analysis of drug use) etc.
CAN HAIR ALSO TEST FOR ALCOHOL MISUSE ?
Yes, the hair alcohol test measures average alcohol consumption over a period of approximately three months, indicates the level of alcohol use during that time period, and can provide a behavioral indication of excessive use.
WHAT IS DONE WITH ANY EXCESS HAIR THAT IS NOT TESTED ?
The hair not used from the time period being tested and all remaining hair is stored in the chain-of-custody sample acquisition pouch. Negative hair is stored for approximately 1 month. Positive hair is stored for five years.