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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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How Cansford ensures best practice collections for family law cases

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Sep 11, 2018

Accurate, timely, stress-free collections are vital for family lawyers with clients undergoing hair testing for drugs or alcohol. Without a streamlined, well-documented process that reassures them and that stands up in court, a family law case could end up in tatters.

It’s not just lawyers who want the process to go smoothly, either: the donors themselves are understandably concerned - even when they know they are clean - and reassurance from both you and the testing lab is vital.

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8 reasons to choose Cansford as your testing lab

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Jun 29, 2018

Not all hair testing labs are created equal. There are labs that do the bare minimum, and labs that lead the field in best practices and continuous new research.

Cansford strive to be the best in hair testing, from the way we collect samples to the way we manage accounts, our interpretation of results and our appearances as witnesses on the stand.

Question about a hair test? Get in touch today to speak with an expert

Here are eight ways we go about differentiating ourselves from the competition.

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10 ways family lawyers are driving more value from their hair tests

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on May 10, 2018

Hair strand testing is a reliable and quick way to test for drug and alcohol use over long periods. Hair tests have helped lawyers gain the advantage in difficult cases, whether to prove innocence or protect a vulnerable victim.

But the success of hair strand testing, like all scientific endeavours, depends on process. It’s not as simple as taking the sample for testing and sending it off for analysis. Legal experts can derive more value through following easy, but critical steps.

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