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Why the Hair Follicle Test is More Effective Than a Urinalysis

Routined drug tests must be done to ensure that no one shows up high or drunk at work. Drug users can risk a business’s productivity, cost, and health and safety of the company and its workers. While it is common to use a urinalysis test where a urine sample is used to determine drugs in your system, a hair follicle test is more effective as 85% of drug users would be missed if they took a urinalysis. Hair follicle tests will give the most accurate and lasting results of a person’s drug usage.

A hair follicle test is an examination that uses a small sample of hair to find specific drugs in your system. It will measure the drug molecules and specific metabolites made after the drug is processed in the body. Hair follicle tests can be used for pre-employment tests, random police enforcement, post accident scenes, and cause and suspicion incidents.

This drug test covers a period of ninety days unlike urinalysis tests that cover three days. That means that a person can just choose to abstain just for three days whereas hair follicle tests cover a longer period of time. 1.5 inches of hair sample is taken as close to the scalp as possible. This test can detect drugs like cocaine, marijuana, opiates, methenamine, and Phencyclidine. If the test subject is bald, hair can be taken from other parts of the body. When the drug is processed in the human body, they circulate in the bloodstream, enter and nourish hair follicles, and are inserted in the hair strand.

Hair follicle test results are not easily substituted, spoiled, or diluted. Someone can research ways to beat a urinalysis test or buy drug-free urine to pass the test with. You cannot fool people with hair follicles as it is a piece of DNA and unique to each person. Hair follicles are also easier to collect, handle and store. Urinalysis can only detect recent usage of drugs instead of an entire drug history. A urinalysis will not help determine a long-term drug user. Retesting can be accomplished with the hair follicle test unlike urinalysis because their window of detection is only a couple of days whereas hair follicles can stretch to ninety days. More companies ought to use hair follicle testing to determine not only who is under the influence at work but to determine who needs to seek treatment.

Castle Craig Hospital is a landmark of addiction and mental health treatment in Scotland, serving the UK, the EU, and patients from all over the world. Our commitment to long term abstinence has created a successful program of clinical and complementary therapies for mind, body, and spirit. Serving over 10,000 patients for more than 25 years, the Castle Craig model is proven in changing lives. Call our 24 hour free confidential phone-line for information: 0808 231 7723. From outside the UK please call: +44 1721 788 006