Cansford Labs - The Drug and Alcohol Testing Blog

5 reasons why the Motherisk scandal shouldn’t happen again

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Dec 6, 2017

In the interconnected scientific community, the reverberations of what happens in one corner of the globe can be felt all across it, especially when these reverberations have profound implications on people's lives.

A recent example is the Motherisk scandal in Canada. We were shocked and saddened, when we first heard of the case last year, and now that more information has come to light we decided to study it to understand how and why it happened.

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3 big New Year's resolutions for the hair drug and alcohol testing industry

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Nov 30, 2017


New Year is synonymous with a fresh start, with resolutions to do something different, give something up, try something new or change your habits.

Now, while we believe it’s been a good year for the world of hair testing, there’s always room for improvement. That’s why we’ve pulled together our top three New Year’s resolutions for the industry.

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Key dates in the social work diary for 2018

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Nov 24, 2017

Whether you’re looking for conferences, new legislation dates, report publication or any other event, the social care and social work calendar is jam-packed for 2018.

To give you an overview of the most important happenings, publications and anniversaries of the year, we’ve pulled together a month-by-month guide to ensure that you stay at the top of your game.

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Bald as a coot? You can still be hair-tested. Here’s why

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Nov 16, 2017

Hair testing for drugs and alcohol. It’s fast, accurate and can detect substance use dating back months.

But what about baldness?

Often, potential users dismiss hair testing on the grounds that their donor has no head hair. Many turn to nail testing as an alternative – an unregulated and impractical method which is still being evaluated scientifically to give an indication when a donor drank alcohol or used drugs.

They needn’t look elsewhere. Even bald donors can be hair tested using hair from their body.

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Hair drug and alcohol testing: Glossary of terms

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Nov 12, 2017

Hair testing can be a complex subject to get to grips with - which is why we’ve published our FAQs for family lawyers, as well as our ‘Hair Testing 101’ articles that cover how drugs enter the hair, some of the techniques involved, and the importance of process.  

It’s a field where scientific terminology and acronyms - from metabolites to LC-MS/MS - can bewilder and bamboozle, and it’s easy to become blinded by the science involved. Ignoring the science altogether is one option, but a basic understanding of the terminology can help you understand how drug and alcohol test results come to pass, how we interpret them the way we do and what the results really mean.

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