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Fingernail testing: How does it work and when should you use it?

Posted by John Wicks on Mar 20, 2019

People will do all sorts to avoid a hair drug test. Shaving their heads, bleaching their hair. But while these tactics may well mean that head hair can’t be tested, they won’t escape that easily.

In these cases, we’ll offer the client two options: body hair drug tests, or fingernail drug testing. While we’ve been doing the latter for over seven years, with several hundred cases on our records, it’s become far more popular in recent months. So much so, in fact, that our own Lolita has contributed to a joint research paper on whether there are significant differences between hair and fingernail test results.

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Health and Wellbeing. Pre-employment drug testing for white-collar roles

Posted by John Wicks on Mar 4, 2019

Cansford Labs are looking forward to exhibiting at the Health and Wellbeing at Work exhibition in Birmingham on the 5th and 6th March. Our focus this year is on pre-employment drug testing: why it’s important, and how we can help you implement it.

While the common misconception is that drug abuse is a blue-collar problem, the statistics paint a different picture.

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Why you should use oral fluid and hair testing for workplace drug tests

Posted by John Wicks on Feb 20, 2019

When it comes to workplace drug testing, two of the most common test methods are hair and saliva. While both are highly effective, they serve different purposes and offer different types of insight into drug or alcohol usage.

One allows you to test for historical usage up to 12 months, the other detects drug use within the previous few days - and that’s not the only difference. So which should employers use?

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Fentanyl on the rise: All you need to know about America's latest drug of choice

Posted by John Wicks on Feb 4, 2019

In the US, the number of drug-related deaths is doubling every nine years, with over 72,000 of the country’s citizens dying as a result of a drug overdose in 2017. While a variety of illicit substances add to these sorry statistics, it’s synthetic opioids - including fentanyl - that are responsible for the highest number of fatalities.

Fentanyl alone was responsible for over 29,000 of those 72,000 deaths: contributing so greatly to the country’s opioid crisis that the US justice department and DEA have proposed to cut fentanyl production quotas for 2019.

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The state of UK workplace drug testing in 2019

Posted by John Wicks on Jan 30, 2019

Drug testing is still far from commonplace in UK workplaces.

However, in a culture where 31% of the population have taken illegal drugs (with 21% admitting to continuing to take them either regularly or on occasion), the sands are slowly shifting. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) view is that there is no need for widespread workplace drug testing, but for how long?

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