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5 key takeaways from the Global Drug Survey 2018

Posted by John Wicks on Aug 16, 2018

The Global Drug Survey (GDS) is the largest worldwide survey of both legal and illegal global drug usage - and this year, it’s bigger than ever. The 2018 survey results include responses from over 130,000 people from over 40 countries, and uses anonymous online research methods to ensure that drug-using participants are honest. If you’re wondering where Wales and Northern Ireland are, unfortunately the study only draws insights from countries with 100 respondents or more. Still, we believe the survey paints a vivid picture of drug use across the UK.

Now in its eighth year, the GDS is run by an expert advisory board comprised of academics and healthcare specialists, including a toxicologist, a GP, a legal expert, a clinical psychologist and others.

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The differences between hair and fingernail drug testing

Posted by Sian Bevan on Aug 9, 2018

How do hair and fingernail drug testing compare?

There are many different drug testing methods out there, and while the majority of our clients use hair testing, we will sometimes use fingernail testing when the former is simply not possible.

The two have plenty of similarities, but also a number of differences. If you’re unsure as to which to choose and when, read on for our guide to both: how they work, how they are used, and their benefits and limitations.

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[Cansford says] The hairy problem with drug testing

Posted by John Wicks on Aug 2, 2018

The case of would-be police officer Keri Hogan has highlighted a significant flaw in pre-employment drug testing.

When she submitted a hair sample to the city authorities in Boston, they passed it to a hair testing lab who checked it twice for evidence of drug use - and she tested positive for cocaine. Faced with the choice of a stint in rehabilitation for a drug problem she claims she’s never had or relinquishing her position, Hogan took the third option: a hair test by a different lab at her own expense, which came back negative.

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The differences between hair and blood drug testing

Posted by John Wicks on Jul 26, 2018

There is a huge amount of variation between different drug testing methods.

While hair and blood testing are similar in that they are the most expensive of all the methods, they couldn’t be more different in terms of their windows of detection and their applications.

Here, we explain the differences between hair testing and blood testing, taking you through how they work, what they are used for, the benefits and more.

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The differences between hair and saliva drug testing

Posted by John Wicks on Jul 19, 2018

What is the difference between the various drug testing methods?

Hair, saliva, urine and fingerprint drug tests are all used in a number of ways, by different testers, to detect different substances within different timeframes. If you need a drug or alcohol test, it’s important to understand which should be used when.

Saliva testing is one of the most affordable testing methods, and while it offers significant benefits in the right circumstances, it has its limitations. Here, we explain the differences between hair testing and saliva testing, taking you through how they work, what they are used for, the benefits and more.

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