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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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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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How hair collection could make or break a family law case

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Jan 11, 2017

Hair testing is a fast, accurate and non-invasive means of testing for drug and alcohol use over long periods.

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Hair testing accuracy for drug and alcohol use, and why it matters to family lawyers

Posted by John Wicks on Jan 5, 2017

In court, witness integrity can make or break a case. For trials involving substance use, the accuracy of a drug test for instance is paramount; any element of doubt means it can’t be depended on as evidence. In turn, cases like the one involving Plymouth mother Rose Jones – accused of poisoning her children with Tramadol – can go on indefinitely.

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3 Easy Ways to Protect the Chain of Custody in a Hair Drug Test

Posted by Kim Bagley on Jul 26, 2016

Where hair drug tests are used in Family Court, getting it done right is paramount. So if something goes wrong or procedure isn’t followed, it can be frustrating trying to rectify these mistakes.

A common issue that crops up with hair drug testing is securing the chain of custody. Once the hair sample has been taken, it needs to be handled with care throughout the process. If the results of the test will be used in court and there are any doubts about the integrity of the sample, Judges aren’t likely to take the chance of using the results to influence their decision, especially if the welfare of a child is at-risk.

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