Cansford Labs Blog

Scientists that pioneered drug and alcohol abuse testing technology celebrate 21 year milestone

Posted on by James Nutt

Scientists based in Cardiff that revolutionised the drug and alcohol abuse testing techniques reach 21st year milestone

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Topics: Editorials, In the press..., Hair drug testing, News, Drug testing, Did you know?

Happy Birthday - 21 years of hair testing!

Posted on by James Nutt

The founders of Tricho Tech, and more recently Cansford Laboratories are celebrating 21 years in the field of hair drug testing, Cansford Laboratories is proud to be featured in the Western mail today.

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Topics: Editorials, In the press..., Hair drug testing, News, Drug testing, Did you know?

Article on drug users who switch from ecstasy to mephedrone

Posted on by Chris Bell

An interesting article on the differences between Ecstasy and Mephedrone published by Medical Press has just been published which is worth reading. Recreational drug users who switch from ecstasy to mephedrone don't understand the dangers.

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Topics: In the press..., Hair drug testing, Drug testing

Report on lethal use of legal highs

Posted on by James Nutt

Data published by the National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (NPSAD) has highlighted the increase in drug related deaths due to the use of ‘legal highs’ commonly referred to as Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS).

http://www.sgul.ac.uk/media/latest-news/deaths-report-reflects-growing-impact-of-lethal-2018legal-highs2019

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26089126

The presence of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in toxicology tests performed for post mortem examinations indicated the prevalence of NPS has increased 800% over three years (2009 – 2012).

Cansford Laboratories presented the increasing incidence of one NPS, Mephedrone (Meow Meow) use at the Society of Hair Testing in Toronto during 2012 (press here for link). Previously, we reported an increase in the number of samples testing positive for Mephedrone (press here for link).

From Cansford laboratory’s data, we are noticing an increasing number of samples testing positive for Amphetamines, with Mephedrone still being positive in around 10% of samples which are analysed for the drug.

The report on NPS also highlights the increasing prevalence of Ketamine derivatives. In samples which have been analysed for the presence of Ketamine, we have experienced a positivity rate of around 43%. The data discussed in this article all relate to our family law cases, as such the relatively high proportion of samples which are positive for Ketamine could be due to known usage of the drug, as a consequence the presence of Ketamine in a hair sample could be expected.

Poly-drug use

Whilst the analysis of samples for single specific drug groups can be seen as a cost saving measure, the danger is that poly-drug use can be missed. The report comments on the recent rise in the use of Opiates together with other substances in drug-related deaths. The analysis of the Opiates group in isolation could mask poly-drug use in an individual.

The production and supply of legal highs is not an issue which is going to disappear overnight, however, with reports such as the NPSAD report in the public domain, the dangers of NPS together with more “traditional” drugs of abuse can be highlighted.

If you require any further information on the services which Cansford Laboratories are able to offer, including the analysis of Mephedrone and Ketamine in hair or oral fluid, do not hesitate to contact us on 02920 682 031 or send us an email to info@cansfordlabs.co.uk

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Topics: Scientific Presentations, In the press..., Hair drug testing, News

Alcohol an increasing problem for Children under 11

Posted on by John Wicks

What we think...

This latest BBC story highlights the issue of alcohol abuse in young children but maybe we shouldn’t separate Alcohol from Drugs. I suspect that the same age group is having problems with drugs as well. And why wouldn’t they copy older teenagers and young adults in their community? It is a natural part of growing up.

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Wales drugs body chief backs workplace drugs testing

Posted on by John Wicks

Wynford Ellis Owen, chief executive of the Welsh Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs was on BBC Radio Wales yesterday talking about workplace drug testing and how it appears that many employers seem to be ignoring the issue. And how they do not seem to know how to recognize when someone has a drugs problem.

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Firms' worries over staff taking drugs as mephedrone use grows

Posted on by John Wicks

An article appeared this morning (5 Sep 2013) and is following a theme that seemed to start earlier this year when Commissioner Hogan-Howe advocated more workplace drug testing. He argued that employees could be frightened out of drug taking by the prospect that they could lose their jobs.

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Drug testing in Sport - things are hotting up...

Posted on by Martin Shervington

Have you seen the latest news in the Guardian newspaper?
Well, as you can see from this article with the English Cricket Team currently being tested for drugs, this situation is not about 'performance enhancing drugs'. Instead, this is about a very different issue that is as important to businesses as it is to sport, -a matter of 'lifestyle'.
We believe that this move by Angus Porter, the chief executive of the Professional Cricketers' Association, to test using 'hair strand drug testing' shows a clear sign that the choices the players make off the pitch are just as important as on it. Both affects themselves and the team directly.

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Should the police drug test everyone in custody?

Posted on by Martin Shervington

The BBC recently reported that Gwent police are falling short in some areas when it comes to drug testing.

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With child custody cases, time makes all the difference.

Posted on by John Wicks

Recently, it was reported by the BBC that time is a critical element to getting child custody cases resolved effectively without excessive costs:

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