Cansford Labs - The Drug and Alcohol Testing Blog

Bald as a coot? You can still be hair-tested. Here’s why

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Nov 16, 2017

Hair testing for drugs and alcohol. It’s fast, accurate and can detect substance use dating back months.

But what about baldness?

Often, potential users dismiss hair testing on the grounds that their donor has no head hair. Many turn to nail testing as an alternative – an unregulated and impractical method which is still being evaluated scientifically to give an indication when a donor drank alcohol or used drugs.

They needn’t look elsewhere. Even bald donors can be hair tested using hair from their body.

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Hair drug and alcohol testing: Glossary of terms

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Nov 12, 2017

Hair testing can be a complex subject to get to grips with - which is why we’ve published our FAQs for family lawyers, as well as our ‘Hair Testing 101’ articles that cover how drugs enter the hair, some of the techniques involved, and the importance of process.  

It’s a field where scientific terminology and acronyms - from metabolites to LC-MS/MS - can bewilder and bamboozle, and it’s easy to become blinded by the science involved. Ignoring the science altogether is one option, but a basic understanding of the terminology can help you understand how drug and alcohol test results come to pass, how we interpret them the way we do and what the results really mean.

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The importance of dynamic drug testing for social workers

Posted by John Wicks on Oct 4, 2017

There are 11 million children - under-18s - in England. During 2016, over 390,000 children received some form of support from social care services; over 58,000 children were judged at risk of abuse

During a 2015-16 survey period, around 2.7 million adults took illicit or controlled drugs; 2.5 million adults reported regularly drinking over 14 units of alcohol per day.

There’s an overlap. Its size is difficult to identify, since none of the published studies account for overlaps and most don’t have compatible sample sizes or time periods. Nonetheless, in 2012 a Full Fact review suggested between 950,000 to 1.9 million children are living with parents who are addicted to drugs or alcohol.

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5 ways to avoid a hair test: And why they won't work

Posted by John Wicks on Sep 7, 2017

Whether looking to avoid losing custody of children, applying for a job where passing a drug test is mandatory, or trying to avoid fault after an industrial accident has occurred, the internet is full of stories of those looking to cheat hair tests. There are also (somewhat dubious) tales of how some have succeeded.

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Hair testing 101: What are cut-offs and why do they matter?

Posted by John Wicks on Aug 29, 2017

Cut-offs, chromatography, chemical fingerprints: hair testing jargon can be bewildering for the first-time user.

Hair testing is a straightforward test for the presence of drugs, alcohol or other substances - either there are drugs in the sample or there aren't. But when is the level detected enough to be concerned about?  

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