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[Cansford says] Randox forensics inquiry: Forty drug-driving offences quashed

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Dec 19, 2018

The fall-out from the Randox drink-drug testing scandal continues, after the laboratory acted as whistleblower on several of its staff on the discovery that QC (Quality Control) results were found to have been manipulated over an extended period.

Around 10,500 drug and alcohol test results are being reviewed, and two ex-Randox staff have been arrested in what The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) has called a "most serious breach" of testing standards. So far, this has also resulted in 40 drug-driving offences being overturned UK-wide, and more than 50 drug-driving cases being dropped due to incorrect results.

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[Cansford says] Facilitate access to screening, brief interventions and treatment

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Dec 6, 2018

According to a 2018 NHS and National Statistics report, alcohol was the cause of 337,000 hospital admissions in 2016/17: a figure 1% lower than the previous 12 months, but 17% higher than ten years ago. Alcohol was also responsible for 5,507 deaths in 2016: an increase of 4% on 2015.

How can these worrying figures be lowered?

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Workplace drug testing: Interview with Frank Bellwood

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Nov 26, 2018

In the UK, the demand for workplace drug and alcohol testing is on the rise. A 2017 article from theEuropean Pharmaceutical Review reveals that the UK testing market is worth £167m – a figure set to rise to £231m by 2019.

While much of the UK’s testing, they say, is used within child protection cases, “workplace drug and alcohol testing is an area of high growth and exciting potential”.

It’s certainly an area that we’re being approached about more frequently than before – and with that in mind, we sat down withFrank Bellwood from our business development team – and a police officer primarily on drug squads for 35 years before that - for his thoughts on the industries using workplace drug testing, the current testing legislation and the impact of implementing such programmes.

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A comparison of SCRAM testing vs hair testing

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Oct 26, 2018

A 2018 report, commissioned by a cross-bench group of MPs and peers, revealed that between 2011 and 2014, alcohol was implicated in 37% of cases where a child died or suffered a serious injury resulting from abuse or neglect. Worryingly, over half of British councils have no plans in place to help and support the children of alcoholics.

Increasingly, though, courts and social care departments are using the Alcohol Abstinence and Monitoring Requirement (AAMR) as a means of improving outcomes from abstinence orders. An AAMR can be imposed in either family or criminals proceedings in the UK and requires the individual to enter a period of sobriety.

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A guide to the Cansford Labs collections process

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Oct 11, 2018

For hair drug tests to stand up in court, you need to be sure that everything is done by the book. That means choosing an accredited lab, ensuring your client is prepared, a solid chain of custody, and accurate interpretation of the results.

Without these things, all of the money, time and client anxiety that a hair drug test involves may well be for nothing.

To explain how our collections process works and how it helps to resolve the challenges faced by our legal clients, we sat down with Chris Bell, head of our collections team, for his take on the process. Chris has been with Cansford Laboratories for six years, but has worked with our founder John Wicks since 2001. Before that, he ran the drug testing scheme for the Royal Navy, and having built the Cansford collections function from scratch, he’s the perfect person to explain how it all works.

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