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Hair testing 101: How do drugs and alcohol enter hair – and how long do they stay there?

Posted by John Wicks on Aug 16, 2017

Hair testing is a complex, specialist, lab-based process, but the questions our team are asked on a day-by-day basis are firmly rooted in the real world. They reflect hair testing’s growing contribution to social work, family law and workplace drug testing.

Two questions crop up more often than most. How do drugs and alcohol get into hair – and how long do they stay detectable with hair testing?

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What do you find when you test 57000 professional drivers for drugs?

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Aug 3, 2017

In March 2016, the Brazilian government introduced new legislation that required all professional drivers to submit a hair sample for toxicological testing when joining or dismissed from haulage companies, or when obtaining or renewing their driving licence. The $100 test is paid for by the drivers themselves.

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Who tests the world’s police for drug abuse?

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Jul 27, 2017

When it comes to tackling drugs and alcohol-related crime, our police force is doing a sterling job. Home Office figures show that in 2015/2016, the number of drug seizures in England and Wales was 11% lower than the previous year, with a 13% fall in the number of police-recorded drug offences over the same period.

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New Psychoactive Substances: How the SPICE epidemic took over the UK

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Jul 24, 2017

From London to Manchester, reports of the UK’s Spice epidemic - one of the most popular and widespread New Psychoactive Substances - have been all over the news in the past few months. With the tabloid press publishing apocalyptic scenes of disorientated users passed out in city centre streets, and shocking ‘behind-the-bars’ footage of its prevalence in UK prisons, Spice, it seems, is everywhere.

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How legal decisions are made using hair tests: the foundations of interpretation

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Jul 19, 2017

Unpicking the world of hair testing for drug and alcohol can be a complex business. While the scientific community views the practice through a purely scientific lens, it’s a subject that’s equally important to others, like family lawyers and social workers, in terms of its application, results, and the interpretation of those results.

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