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4 Reasons Why Hair Testing Has Become More Popular

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Every year, the use of illegal drugs wrecks lives, breaks homes and marriages and even leads to death. Drug problems have become so prevalent all over the world, with new designer illegal drugs appearing often that it becomes difficult to keep track of both users and abusers.

Companies and schools have, to help combat drug abuse, started using drug tests to determine which students or employees are guilty of using illegal drugs. Some people might think that these tests are an invasion of privacy but it cannot be discounted that drug testing can help the society combat a rampant drug problem. And, while urine testing is, to date, the most popular form of drug testing available around the world, hair testing is fast catching up because of its reliability and accuracy. Below are just some of the more important reasons why hair testing is becoming the drug test of choice in companies and schools around the world.

1. Hair testing has a longer detection window. According to the book A Guide to Assessments that Work by John Hunsley, Eric J. Mash, hair contains drug residue in its full length and stays there for months or even years. Drugs can pass into the hair follicle through several ways. First, illegal drugs can diffuse into the hair follicle through blood. Second, they can transfer from your sweat onto the sebum that coats the hair. Third, drugs can pass directly from your skin to your hair.

2. Hair testing can be used to determine drug use history of a person. In a theoretical model discussed by Pascal Kintz in his book Drug Testing In Hair, the illegal drugs that were taken by a user are absorbed into the blood stream and then trapped within the hair during the hair’s growth phase. When the hair grows from the scalp, the drug residue form bonds that are the same concentration that was present when hair was formed. This, then, can give examiners a relatively accurate representation of the amount and number of times that illegal drugs were used.

3. Even if a person abstains from drugs, traces of illegal drugs can still be detected in hair. Because drugs stays within the hair shaft, even if a drug abuser stops taking drugs for a short time, hair testing can determine when he last took the drugs and how long he has abstained from them. Drug abusers, therefore, cannot cheat through hair testing by staying clean for a few weeks or even a month.

4. It’s harder to cheat with hair testing. The usual methods for cheating in urine drug tests, such as tampering and dilution will not work with hair tests. Some people have tried shampooing, bleaching and dyeing their hair to try to pass hair testing, but with minimal or unsuccessful results. The Google Book excerpt from Analytical and Practical Aspects of Drug Testing in Hair reveal that these cheating methods only lowered the concentration of the drugs within the hair follicle or hair shaft, and still retained the presence of drug residue in hair.

One surefire way to combat the rising problem of illegal drugs is to have schools and office use drug tests to detect drug abuse. While urine tests have become the automatic choice for most, it’s advisable to look at hair testing as a good alternative because of its accuracy and depth of coverage.

This Article is written by Lena Butler, contributor of Test Country Articles.

Urine Adulteration Strips Review

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

1276_medHome drug tests have become popular among employers who want an affordable and fast way to detect drug use among applicants and employees. The problem with these home drug tests that use urine sampling, however, is that these samples can be tampered with to display negative or invalid results. This problem can be solved, though, by using Urine Adulteration Strips.

Urine Adulteration Strips are a one-step, semi-quantitative color comparison screen that can detect the levels of adulterants such as Creatinine, Nitrite, Glutaraldehyde, pH, Specific Gravity, Oxidant and Pyridinium Chlorochromate in urine samples. It is best to use these strips to make sure that your urine sample is ready to pass a drug screening test.

Chemically treated reagent pads are contained in the Urine Adulteration Strips, which change color when activated. To use, simply dip the strip in a fresh, well-mixed urine sample and immediately remove it from the sample to avoid contamination. Put the edge of the strip on absorbent material to avoid mixing with other chemicals or reagents.
You will find out whether the urine sample has been adulterated or diluted in within 5 minutes–just compare the color on the strip with the colors on the container color chart.

Drug screening is an important step to combating drug use and abuse. Take this even further by using Urine Adulteration Strips to make sure that no cheating is involved in your drug screening.

Oratect Saliva Drug Test Review

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

1674_medIt’s difficult collecting sample urine for drug testing because most people find urine drug tests too invasive and embarrassing to do. The Oratect Saliva Drug Test, however, makes drug screening quick, painless, and less humiliating for everyone.

The Oratect Saliva Drug Test is an onsite swab test that can detect up to 6 different illegal substances, including Marijuana, Amphetamines, Methamphetamines (including Ecstasy), Cocaine, Opiates (including Heroin) and Benzodiazepines.

To use, just remove the blue cap from the drug testing device, swab the inside of the cheek and the top and bottom of the tongue about 15 times. Then, the swab drug test device should be held under the tongue for it to absorb saliva. Results are seen within 5 minutes–the presence of colored lines indicate negative results, while the absence of lines indicate presumptive positive results.

Because it can detect drugs at lower concentrations than other drug testing kits, the highly accurate Oratect Saliva Drug Test can determine a larger number of illegal substance abusers. It also deters sample adulteration and tampering, since it makes use of saliva instead of urine. The Oratect Saliva Drug Test is also more hygienic, avoids gender observation and requires minimal supervision for sample collection, making drug testing an easy, convenient, one-step procedure for everyone.

Redwood Urine Drug Tests Review

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

redwoodIt’s hard to keep track of who are using illegal drugs in your work force but technology and reliable drug testing kits, such as the Redwood Urine Drug Tests, makes detecting the use of illegal substances fast, easy and affordable.

Manufactured by the Redwood Toxicology Laboratory (RTL), one of the United States’ premier forensic drug testing facilities, Redwood Urine Drug Tests offer both self-contained and panel-dip drug testing kits to reliably detect the presence or absence of drugs in urine sample.

Redwood’s Redicup is one-step drug testing kit that features a temperature strip and security seal label to prevent spilling, dripping and tampering. Urine specimen is collected in the clear cup, a cap is twisted on and the cup is inverted on a flat surface. Results may be seen clearly within 5 minutes.

Redwood’s Panel-Dip Screening Device, on the other hand, can be used for single or multiple drug detection. It is dipped into the urine sample in a cup and the test results are also seen within 5 minutes.

Both the Redicup and the Panel-Dip Screening Device are FDA 510(k)-cleared and can detect up to 12 illegal drugs, including Marijuana (THC), Barbiturates (BAR), Opiates (OPI), Cocaine (CO), Ecstasy (MDMA), Methamphetamines (M-AMP), Amphetamines (AMP), Angel Dust (PCP), Tricyclic Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines (BZO) and Amphetamines (AMP).

Stop substance abuse before it affects your home or work force; use Redwood Urine Drug Tests to detect the use of illegal drugs before it’s too late.

CLIA Waived 12 Panel Urine Drug Test Review

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

1947_bigDrug testing need not be costly or complicated; there are a lot of home drug tests readily available that give fast, accurate results. The CLIA Waived 12 Panel Urine Drug Test is one such kit that relies on urine testing to detect the presence or absence of drugs in a person’s system.

Featuring a circular panel, temperature strip and an integrated adulteration tester, the CLIA Waived 12 Panel Urine Drug Test guarantees that urine samples are kept safe and fresh in a tamper and leak-proof cup.

Urine drug  testing begins as soon a sample is collected and the cup is activated by turning once. Results can be seen instantly through easy-to-read dark lines on the cup’s results panel. The CLIA Waived 12 Panel Urine Drug Test can test for the presence and absence of the following illegal drugs: Marijuana, Cocaine, Opiates, Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Phencyclidine, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Methadone, Ecstacy, Oxycodone and Tricyclic Antidepressants. It also integrates adulterant testing for Creatinine, Nitrite, pH, bleach and SG. The cut-off levels used for the drug test results are based on the standard levels of the SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).

A simple, floodless design and built-in adulterant detector makes the CLIA Waived 12 Panel Urine Drug Test one of the best, most practical and most thorough home drug tests readily available in the market today.



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