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Fascinating facts about drug testing

Posted on by John Wicks

When it comes to ‘hair strand drug testing’ there are some key aspects you may find interesting to know and consider:

  1. A hair strand drug test can actually give you a ‘drug use history’ over the length of time of the hair
  2. The hair grows about 1cm a month, so each section of hair tested can tell its own story
  3. You can even test hair on people who have been dead for years. We once tested a mummified Egyptian corpse (from about 2500BC) and found traces of cocaine.
  4. Interestingly, coca plants are not grown in Egypt so we can hypothesise trans-continental travel was much earlier than most think!
  5. Hair strand drug testing can only be done in a laboratory as the hair is ‘liquefied’ in order to discover the drugs it contains.
  6. Even when people don’t have hair on their heads, other body hair can be tested
  7. MI5 and MI6 reportedly have a habit of shaving a candidates left arm pit as part of their induction process
  8. Between 3% and 5% of people working in the UK today would fail a drug test if it was taken today.

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Why would someone choose hair strand drug testing?

Posted on by John Wicks

We come across an incredible variety of reasons people want hair strand drug testing and we thought we would share the diversity of reasons, including:

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Workplace Drug Testing Explained!

Posted on by Lolita Tsanaclis

We have seen in recent months in the media a number of articles reflecting the increasing number of companies in the UK utilizing drug testing as a tool for potential health and safety and performance issues to detect drug use by employees or job candidates. This is what workplace drug testing is all about.

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Bath Salts: The Drug That Never Lets Go

Posted on by Sian Bevan

The Drug That Never Lets Go.

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BBC - Health: Addictions

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BBC - Health: Addictions.

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David Cameron's Visit to Brazil September 2012

Posted on by John Wicks

Dr Lolita Tsanaclis of Cansford Associates and Cansford Laboratories was part of the Prime Minister's visit to Brazil Business Delegation and welcomed the Business Delegation, David Willetts the Minister of State for Universities and Science and Professor Colin Riordan President and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University visited ChromaTox Limited (photo).

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Toxicology: Oral Fluid Drug Testing

Posted on by Andrew Meyrick

John Wicks & Lolita Tsanaclis,
Cansford Laboratories Ltd., Cardiff, UK, Cardiff Medicentre, Cardiff, CF14 4UB, UK,
Tel: 029 2068 2931

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Drug Testing Using Hair: from an Expert Witness Perspective

Posted on by Andrew Meyrick

By Lolita Tsanaclis PhD & John Wicks MSc, Directors, Cansford Associates Ltd, Cardiff, UK

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Workplace Drug Testing: Different Matrices Different Objectives

Posted on by Andrew Meyrick

John Wicks & Lolita Tsanaclis

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