In family law, children law and child protection case work, solicitors use hair drug and alcohol testing to help identify parental substance misuse over a period of months. Hair testing is useful when trying to assess a parent’s lifestyle, potential home life for the child or compliance to drug treatment orders.
Whether the testing is used for residence and contact resolutions, adoption and guardianship or for involvement of social services, a hair drug and alcohol test can provide crucial evidence to help make informed decisions.
We provide a number of different testing options that are available and can be tailored for each specific case. These include hair drug and alcohol testing and blood alcohol testing. Our laboratory staff are on hand to best advise you on the options available so that you get appropriate drug and alcohol testing for your case.
In child protection and child welfare casework, you may feel it is important to assess a parent’s drug and alcohol use when making decisions that affect the lives of children.
A hair drug and alcohol test can provide an indication of substance use over a period of months as opposed to days that oral fluid and urine analysis can provide. Using a single hair test can profile an individual’s drug use over a 3 month period. To obtain the same information from using oral fluid and urine testing, the tests will have to be done at least twice a week, every week for the whole 3 month period.
Hair is a non-invasive and simple sample to take and providing there is sufficient hair available, the donor only has to provide one sample and a historic profile of substance use can be obtained.
We regularly work with Local Authorities across the UK in both pre-proceedings and in-proceedings and so understand the importance of working to your strict deadlines.
Hair drug and alcohol testing can be used in police forensic casework when trying to piece together an individual’s lifestyle.
Hair grows on average at a rate of approximately 1 cm per month, so a 3cm section of hair will provide a 3 month history of substance use. We can profile an individual’s drug use over longer periods of time depending on the length of the hair sample provided. A 12cm section of hair can profile the past approximate 12 months drug use.
Drug Testing for the Workplace
Many organisations use a hair test for drugs as it can show a historic profile (typically over a 3 month period) of an individual’s substance use.
During the recruitment process a hair drug test can be used to show whether the applicant is using illicit substances prior to commencing employment. If your organisation has a zero tolerance drug policy or is a safety critical environment and you need to ensure that all employees are drug free prior to employment, then a hair test at the recruitment stage can help you assess the employment conditions of the new applicant.
In safety critical environments it is essential that all employees are free from drug use to ensure the health and safety of their colleagues. A hair drug test can help to highlight any drug use over the past 3 months. Including and implementing a random hair drug test as a condition within your drug and alcohol use policy and terms of employment, will help to identify drug use as well as act as a deterrent.
We are happy to help research facilities in obtaining the evidence they need for research purposes. Dr Robert Kingston runs our R & D department and is a mentor for the University of South Wales (formerly known as University of Glamorgan). He has worked closely with universities to help them obtain the information required to assist in their studies and help in the analysis interpretations.
We also understand that members of the public may have to instruct drug and alcohol testing for themselves, either during court proceedings for family matters or for employment purposes.
Any instruction from a member of the public will have to contain details of a professional third party representative, such as a solicitor, social worker or GP that is able to take the sample and whom we can report the results to. Family members or friends are not suitable individuals to act on behalf of the donor.
All testing results are treated sensitively and confidentially, in order to ensure the security of the results we will only discuss the results with the chosen representative. We will not discuss any of the testing procedures or results with the donor directly.