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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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Hair testing 101: Mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Aug 25, 2017

The science, technology and jargon around hair testing can be bewildering for the first-time user.

As well as understanding the benefits and limits of hair testing for drugs and alcohol, organisations, social workers and lawyers requesting hair tests would benefit from an overview of how the hair testing process achieves a fair, accurate and useful test result.

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Hair testing 101: How do drugs and alcohol enter hair – and how long do they stay there?

Posted by John Wicks on Aug 16, 2017

Hair testing is a complex, specialist, lab-based process, but the questions our team are asked on a day-by-day basis are firmly rooted in the real world. They reflect hair testing’s growing contribution to social work, family law and workplace drug testing.

Two questions crop up more often than most. How do drugs and alcohol get into hair – and how long do they stay detectable with hair testing?

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