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Students discover Forensic Science

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More than 150 students attended an inspirational taster day at the University of South Wales where they learnt how forensic science applies to our everyday lives.

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Topics: Alcohol testing, Hair drug testing, News, Drug testing

SoHT - Annual conference in Bordeaux

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Cansford Laboratories is proud to be the only UK laboratory to be presenting at the Society of Hair Testing for the second year running! Our poster, titled “Hair analysis in the workplace: global harmonisation required”, will be on show in Bordeaux from the 11-13 June 2014.
We pride ourselves on innovation and experience in the field of hair drug testing and are proud to share our knowledge with others.

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Topics: Scientific Presentations, Hair drug testing, Drug testing, Did you know?

Do you know the signs of drug and alcohol use?!

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Thanks to our friends at Screen4, a handy guide has been produced to help employers identify if their staff could be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Topics: Alcohol testing, Workplace Drug Testing, Resources, Hair drug testing, Drug testing, Did you know?

Scientists that pioneered drug and alcohol abuse testing technology celebrate 21 year milestone

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Scientists based in Cardiff that revolutionised the drug and alcohol abuse testing techniques reach 21st year milestone

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Topics: Editorials, In the press..., Hair drug testing, News, Drug testing, Did you know?

Happy Birthday - 21 years of hair testing!

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The founders of Tricho Tech, and more recently Cansford Laboratories are celebrating 21 years in the field of hair drug testing, Cansford Laboratories is proud to be featured in the Western mail today.

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Topics: Editorials, In the press..., Hair drug testing, News, Drug testing, Did you know?

Birmingham Competition Winner Announced ………………. !

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Topics: Accreditation

Accreditation for Drug Testing Laboratories Explained

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Do you really need an accredited testing laboratory?

Drug/alcohol testing laboratories do not have to be accredited in order to analyse samples, i.e., it is not a regulated industry like some regulated industries e.g. financial institutions are regulated by the financial services authority.

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Topics: Hair drug testing, Accreditation, Drug testing

Report on lethal use of legal highs

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Data published by the National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (NPSAD) has highlighted the increase in drug related deaths due to the use of ‘legal highs’ commonly referred to as Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS).

http://www.sgul.ac.uk/media/latest-news/deaths-report-reflects-growing-impact-of-lethal-2018legal-highs2019

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26089126

The presence of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in toxicology tests performed for post mortem examinations indicated the prevalence of NPS has increased 800% over three years (2009 – 2012).

Cansford Laboratories presented the increasing incidence of one NPS, Mephedrone (Meow Meow) use at the Society of Hair Testing in Toronto during 2012 (press here for link). Previously, we reported an increase in the number of samples testing positive for Mephedrone (press here for link).

From Cansford laboratory’s data, we are noticing an increasing number of samples testing positive for Amphetamines, with Mephedrone still being positive in around 10% of samples which are analysed for the drug.

The report on NPS also highlights the increasing prevalence of Ketamine derivatives. In samples which have been analysed for the presence of Ketamine, we have experienced a positivity rate of around 43%. The data discussed in this article all relate to our family law cases, as such the relatively high proportion of samples which are positive for Ketamine could be due to known usage of the drug, as a consequence the presence of Ketamine in a hair sample could be expected.

Poly-drug use

Whilst the analysis of samples for single specific drug groups can be seen as a cost saving measure, the danger is that poly-drug use can be missed. The report comments on the recent rise in the use of Opiates together with other substances in drug-related deaths. The analysis of the Opiates group in isolation could mask poly-drug use in an individual.

The production and supply of legal highs is not an issue which is going to disappear overnight, however, with reports such as the NPSAD report in the public domain, the dangers of NPS together with more “traditional” drugs of abuse can be highlighted.

If you require any further information on the services which Cansford Laboratories are able to offer, including the analysis of Mephedrone and Ketamine in hair or oral fluid, do not hesitate to contact us on 02920 682 031 or send us an email to info@cansfordlabs.co.uk

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Topics: Scientific Presentations, In the press..., Hair drug testing, News

London Competition Winner Announced ………………. !

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Manchester Competition Winner Announced ................... !

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Thank you for everyone who took part in our “guess the number” competition in Manchester to win a box of luxury chocolates! The staff here at Cansford Laboratories have finally finished checking your entries. It was close, but we have a winner!
And the winning number is…

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Topics: Scientific Presentations