Cansford Labs - The Drug and Alcohol Testing Blog

A history of workplace drug testing in the UK

Posted by John Wicks on Apr 25, 2017

Across the globe, drug testing is mandatory in many workplaces: a 2013 report from HireRight claimed that 78% of US employers have a drug and alcohol testing programme in place, with a Quest Diagnostics report from 2016 showing that positive drug tests in US workplaces have recently climbed to a ten-year high.

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Society of Hair Testing Interview Series: Alberto Salomone

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Apr 19, 2017

From the 12th to the 14th of June this year, we’ll be hosting the Scientific Meeting of the Society of Hair Testing (SoHT) in Cardiff. As a preview, we’ve brought together the keynote speakers from the conference for a series of exclusive interviews. This month: Alberto Salomone.

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Society of Hair Testing Interview Series: Markus Baumgartner

Posted by John Wicks on Apr 4, 2017

From the 12th to the 14th of June this year, we’ll be hosting the Scientific Meeting of the Society of Hair Testing (SoHT) in Cardiff. In the build-up to that event, we’ll run a series of interviews with keynote speakers like Markus Baumgartner, forensic toxicologist and head of the Centre of Forensic Hair Analytics at the University of Zurich’s Institute of Forensic Medicine.

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Hair testing and family law: Life-changing results in 5 real-life cases

Posted by Kim Bagley on Mar 30, 2017

Hair testing for drugs and alcohol is a purely scientific endeavour: using immunoassay, mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography to isolate drugs, identify drug use, and investigate the truth of a case. But for family lawyers, social workers and the legal system, the method is less important than the meaning.

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The ethics of hair drug and alcohol testing

Posted by John Wicks on Mar 22, 2017

Following the death of 13-month old Kayleigh Mae Cassel from a drug overdose, the State Senate of New York has approved legislation which introduces hair testing for young children whose parents or guardians have been arrested on a drug use charge. The goal is to establish whether or not the children have been given or exposed to drugs, and hopefully prevent further cases like Kayleigh Mae’s.

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