Hair Follicle Drug Testing
The newest trend in drug testing is hair follicle drug testing. US Drug Test Centers offer hair follicle drug testing in all areas of the United States for individuals and for employers. Same day service is available for hair testing with a 3 -4 business day turnaround for final hair drug testing results.
Many attorneys are ordering hair follicle drug testing for court ordered drug testing, child custody drug testing and divorce drug testing. Individuals often order hair follicle drug testing for personal reasons and also parents are testing teenage children. Many parents ask, can hair collected from a brush be used? The answer is yes, but the test will be reported as having an "anonymous" donor. It is not possible to attribute the sample to any specific person and we cannot determine the time frame of the test, so the test result is not legally defensible. Not all of our testing centers are available for "anonymous" donor hair testing. This type of testing is only performed at our specialty laboratories.
Employers throughout the United States are now implementing hair testing programs due to the benefits this alternative specimen offers. Hair follicle drug testing is becoming increasingly popular.
Benefits of Hair Drug Testing
- Hair testing can detect the drugs/metabolites taken up to 90 days.
- Hair testing evaluates long-term patterns of repetitive drug use.
- Hair follicle testing is flexible in drug panels and can also test for EtG alcohol in hair.
- Every hair follicle test is observed and it is difficult for the testing donor to cheat on the test.
Hair vs Urine Drug Testing
- Hair testing provides nearly twice the number of positives due to its longer detection window.
- All hair drug tests are observed – very difficult to cheat on the test.
- Easy collection from head hair or body hair; no urine or YUK factor.
Hair drug testing is available from US Drug Test Centers with laboratory testing from Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp, US Drug Testing Labs and Psychemedics. Multiple hair drug testing panels are available including:
HAIR DRUG TEST 5 PANEL - Amphetamines (Methamphetamine, Ecstasy, MDMA and MDA), Cocaine, Opiates (Codeine, Morphine, and Heroin), Phencyclidine(PCP) & Marijuana.
HAIR DRUG TEST 5 PANEL PLUS EXPANED OPIATES & OXY - Amphetamines, Cocaine, Phencyclidine (PCP), Marijuana and Opiates (Codeine, Morphine, Heroin, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, Oxymorphone).
HAIR DRUG TEST 9 PANEL - Cocaine, Marijuana, Phencyclidine (PCP), Amphetamines, Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates, Methadone, Propoxyphene & Opiates (including codeine, morphine, heroin, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, Oxymorphone).
HAIR DRUG TEST 12 PANEL - Cocaine, Marijuana, Phencyclidine (PCP), Amphetamines, Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates, Methadone, Propoxyphene & Opiates (including codeine, morphine, heroin, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Oxymorphone), Meperidine, Tramadol and Oxycodone.
Employers should consider State laws when implementing hair testing programs. Compliance experts at US Drug Test Centers can help you determine the legality of any drug testing programs in your State.
Hair Testing for Individuals
At US Drug Test Centers we work with individuals, court systems, child protection agencies and attorneys for hair testing. Many courts are ordering 9 panel and 12 panel hair follicle testing for probation cases, child protective services and child custody cases. It is difficult to cheat on a hair test and the look back period for use of illicit drugs is up to 90 days.
The use of hair specimens to detect drugs has become more common in recent years. Hair specimen tests can detect drug use over several months, depending on the length of the hair specimen. Other advantages of hair testing include the ability to pinpoint long-term changes in drug use patterns, difficulty of substituting specimens or invalidating results, and the noninvasive specimen collection method. Disadvantages include the test’s inability to detect single-drug use within the last 3 – 7 days. It takes 3 - 7 days for the drug metabolites to be embedded into the hair. Hair specimen testing may not be effective for monitoring compliance on a regular basis because it cannot discriminate between recent drug use and use that occurred months earlier.
You should have head hair to be able to have a hair drug test performed. If you do not have head hair many of our facilities will take body hair from the arms or legs. Our hair testing is offered through Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp. Quest facilities will cut head hair or body hair. LabCorp facilities will only cut head hair. Our out of network third party facilities will typically collect either head hair or body hair. Hair testing for EtG alcohol is tested for at our specialty laboratories.
Hair follicle drug testing is a great way to determine actual drug use. Many times with urine drug testing the substance abuser has learned tricks to beat the test. At this time there are no known successful commercial adulterants for hair tests and the recommended use of normal hair care products/procedures (shampoos, dyes, permanents, relaxers, bleaches) do not have a significant effect on hair drug test results
Hair follicle drugs of abuse testing offers up to a 90-day window for detection of drug use prior to the test date. Our US Drug Test Centers can provide hair follicle drug testing for employers and for individuals. Call today 866-566-0261 for immediate service.