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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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[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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CBD and THC oils: What's the difference and should you be testing for them?

Posted by John Wicks on Oct 18, 2018

While cannabis is being legalised across the US and beyond, there’s no sign of it happening in the UK any time soon - at least, not for recreational use. Medicinal cannabis is a different matter: this summer, a 12-year-old in Northern Ireland was granted an emergency licence to treat his rare form of epilepsy with cannabis oil.

There are two forms of cannabis oil, CBD and THC: the former legal, the latter an illegal substance (and the oil that 12-year old Billy was prescribed). But what is the difference between the two, and should family lawyers, workplaces and social workers be testing for them?

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Testing testing: The UK’s varied drug habit and why you might be testing for the wrong things

Posted by John Wicks on Aug 30, 2018

Growing evidence suggests that drug habits in the UK are slowly changing, with misuse of prescription painkillers becoming more prevalent even though overall drug use continues to decline.

Meanwhile, New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) - 'legal highs' like Spice that mimic the effect of existing drugs such as cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine -  continue to be widely available and widely popular.

But is drug testing in the UK, and particularly in family courts, reflecting these trends?

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Cansford says: Exploring Australian moves to drug test welfare recipients

Posted by John Wicks on Jul 6, 2018

In May 2017, the Australian government revealed plans to drug test welfare claimants. This politically divisive move has been the subject of significant discussion – and indeed criticism – across the Australian media. The argument has, in part, been one of cause and effect. Are drug users on welfare because they are drug users, or are they drug users because they are on welfare, because they are vulnerable, because they are at risk?

Some commentators have been at pains to point out the link between drug use and mental illness. Leading Australian mental health expert, Professor Patrick McGorry, described the plan as “an absolute disgrace,” asserting that “it fails to recognise that mental illness and drug and alcohol problems nearly always coexist, they’re a health problem and not a lifestyle choice.”

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