Hair Follicle Testing
Hair testing has recently gained popularity as a useful method for detecting drug and alcohol abuse.
Drug testing using hair is reliable, easy-to-collect, difficult to adulterate and a non-intrusive testing method.
Hair testing is being used by forward thinking workplaces where health and safety is crucial. Hair drug testing is also used in law matters, and pre-employment examinations. Results are specific and precise and admissible in court matters.
Hair will reveal up to a three-month history of alcohol and substance abuse.
A single sample can test for cocaine, marijuana, opiates, methamphetamines, ecstasy and PCP. Testing can detect a specific drug or several different drugs.
History/Window of Detection
Up to a 3-month window of detection for alcohol and drugs.
Risk of Adulteration
No known way to adulterate. Washing, dying or using styling
products do not affect results.
Ease of collection
Hair follicle samples are non-invasive and easy to collect. Care can
be taken to minimise visible hair removal.
How accurate is Hair Follicle testing?
The collection and testing of hair follows international guidelines.
What drugs can be detected?
As many as 17 different drugs can be detected with one sample.
Commonly used combinations include Marijuana,
Methamphetamine, Amphetamine, Opiates, Oxycodone, Cocaine,
Barbiturates and Phencyclidine.
Life Cycle of Drugs in Hair
Drug and alcohol indicators remain in the hair follicle for the life of
Validity of Results
Results from hair testing are admissible within the legal system as
factual evidence. Australian legal matters regularly accept overseas
laboratory results as evidence in various cases.