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Hair Strand Testing: Going Beyond Drugs And Alcohol

By Bart Icles

People do not realise that hair could be the whistleblower on individuals who uses drugs and steroids or abuses alcohol. Apart from being used in DNA samples, hair has become a tool that can help pinpoint whether or not a person has been using drugs and alcohol, thanks to hair strand testing.

Hair strand testing is a fairly new development, but it has already been seen to trump the more traditional methods like blood tests and urinalysis. First of all, this method is able to detect substances like cocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamine, opiates (heroin, morphine), and cannabis which urinalysis is unable to detect after 72 hours have passed. The window of detection for the hair strand test is much longer, being able to identify whether or not drugs were used up to 90 days prior to the test. This means that people could not evade the test and prepare for the procedure.

Hair samples used for the test are usually extracted from the head, consisting of up to 120 strands or more, and at least an inch long. People who have no hair are not exempted from this test. Hair strands that are used for this test can be acquired from other parts of the body.

This form of testing is typically done in order to detect drug and alcohol use. However, steroids testing in sports using hair samples has also increasingly become the preferred choice of testing. Steroids testing usually involve urinalysis, but this form of test has a very short detection period and detects the metabolites rather than the actual steroid that was used. In contrast, the hair strand test detects steroid use up to a few months prior, and is capable of tracing all forms of drugs that were used.

Making use of hair strands to track the type and amount of drugs in the system is a method that is gradually gaining the confidence of many professionals.

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Icles, Bart "Hair Strand Testing: Going Beyond Drugs And Alcohol." Hair Strand Testing: Going Beyond Drugs And Alcohol. 23 Jun. 2010. 19 Jul 2014 <>.

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