Cansford Labs - The Drug and Alcohol Testing Blog

What do drug levels in the system mean in reality?

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Feb 18, 2019

Every drug and alcohol test that Cansford Labs conducts will result in a report that explains the results. Substance levels are shown as numbers, and we'll also include our interpretation of what it all means - based on the results and the information given to us by the client.

We can say with some confidence whether a person has used cocaine in the past month, and if the lawyer tells us they’ve said they attended parties in that time, we can build up a likely picture. What we can’t say, is exactly how much cocaine they used. X levels of drugs in the system does not immediately equate to a specific number - there are too many variables to be so precise.

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The 4 key problems with POC devices when testing for substance misuse at work

Posted by John Wicks on Feb 15, 2018

While still a relatively new addition to laboratory diagnostics, point-of-care (POC) testing has evolved remarkably in the last few years. The principle for workplace drug testing devices is the same as an over-the-counter pregnancy test, and the issues are similar too.

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Hair testing and family law: Life-changing results in 5 real-life cases

Posted by Kim Bagley on Mar 30, 2017

Hair testing for drugs and alcohol is a purely scientific endeavour: using immunoassay, mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography to isolate drugs, identify drug use, and investigate the truth of a case. But for family lawyers, social workers and the legal system, the method is less important than the meaning.

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Interpreting the results of a hair drug test

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Jul 5, 2016

The results of a hair drug test can have life-changing consequences for a donor. The findings could potentially be the difference between a donor gaining or losing access to their child in court. This makes it all the more important to ensure the results are interpreted correctly. 

As a Family Lawyer, it can be tempting to interpret the findings and relay them to the donor. In cases where the results clearly indicate that no drugs were detected, Lawyers can relay this information to their client and present these results in court. 

Yet, drug testing is never usually as simple as this as there tend to be a variety of factors that need to be taken into account when interpreting the results. This includes donors who are on medication or donors potentially trying to cheat the test and the need for input from social workers/lawyers supervising the test. 

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