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Why context is everything for hair testing and social care

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Sep 24, 2017

Tabloid talk shows would have us believe that polygraph tests reliably inform us of the truth. The fallout from these results plays out in front of a live audience for our viewing pleasure. But in reality, lie detector tests are not dependable - a report by the American Polygraph Association found that polygraphs fail about 15% of the time.

Just as we assume Jeremy Kyle will offer us definitive proof about his guests’ shenanigans, many expect hair drug and alcohol testing to provide a concrete answer, too. Unlike polygraphs, hair testing delivers conclusive results; 99% of the time. However, the result (a yes or no as to whether there are drugs in the system of the person we test) is not the full story. The details of use and the interpretations can be less clear.

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Hair testing 101: Mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Aug 25, 2017

The science, technology and jargon around hair testing can be bewildering for the first-time user.

As well as understanding the benefits and limits of hair testing for drugs and alcohol, organisations, social workers and lawyers requesting hair tests would benefit from an overview of how the hair testing process achieves a fair, accurate and useful test result.

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What do you find when you test 57000 professional drivers for drugs?

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Aug 3, 2017

In March 2016, the Brazilian government introduced new legislation that required all professional drivers to submit a hair sample for toxicological testing when joining or dismissed from haulage companies, or when obtaining or renewing their driving licence. The $100 test is paid for by the drivers themselves.

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Who tests the world’s police for drug abuse?

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Jul 27, 2017

When it comes to tackling drugs and alcohol-related crime, our police force is doing a sterling job. Home Office figures show that in 2015/2016, the number of drug seizures in England and Wales was 11% lower than the previous year, with a 13% fall in the number of police-recorded drug offences over the same period.

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New Psychoactive Substances: How the SPICE epidemic took over the UK

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Jul 24, 2017

From London to Manchester, reports of the UK’s Spice epidemic - one of the most popular and widespread New Psychoactive Substances - have been all over the news in the past few months. With the tabloid press publishing apocalyptic scenes of disorientated users passed out in city centre streets, and shocking ‘behind-the-bars’ footage of its prevalence in UK prisons, Spice, it seems, is everywhere.

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