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Hair drug testing

Hair drug testing is normally required for court and legal matters to prove abstinence. As a result, laboratory reports from this drug test are court admissible. Hair drug testing is a popular choice for family court and legal matters, and hair drug test results are available within three to five working days.

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How does hair drug testing work?

After taking a drug, the substance enters a person’s bloodstream. Next, the drug transfers to the hair follicle, and into the hair strand. As a result, the drug becomes trapped in the hair strand. As the hair strand grows, the drug will move further away from the scalp. Over time, it gets washed away, is cut off or falls out.

We cut hair samples from the head or body for analysis. The drug detection window is dependent on the length of hair available, effective up to 6 cm. As such, it can provide details of *historic drug use.

*Dependent on type and length of hair.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hair drug test time-frames?

The hair drug test can detect drugs effectively for a period of up to 6 months. Longer analysis is possible, but this must be stipulated in a court order. We recommend a maximum of 6 months analysis due to the possible deterioration of older hair. However, this does also depend on the length of hair that the sample donor has available and the condition of it. For guidance, 1 cm of head hair will show approximately one month of use.

If no head hair is available, we can test body hair from some areas. The period shown by 1 cm of body hair is approximately 2 to 3 times longer than 1 cm of head hair.

We take in to consideration the time it takes for a drug to move from the blood to the hair follicle. On average, it takes a drug 7 to 10 days to break down in the body and move into the hair strand.

Once the drug has moved from the blood into the hair strand, we can detect it using hair drug testing. Also, we can segment hair samples to provide a month by month overview of potential drug use. As a result, this can show if someone has recently stopped taking drugs. Further technical information on hair growth is available from the Society of Hair Testing.

Other options are also available for certain circumstances such as spiking incidents. Call us on 0800 988 7107 and a Clinical Advisor will provide more details about this service.

What happens at the appointment for a hair drug test?

We identify the sample donor at the appointment, using photographic identification. Next, we collect the hair sample. This is then sealed and bar coded. The entire collection process follows strict chain of custody procedures. For instance, you will need to sign consent to have your hair sample tested. Also, you will witness the sample collector tamper proofing your hair sample.

We cut the hair samples using scissors. Or a razor for body hair samples. We can take this from anywhere on the head or body. But we do recommend the use of head hair due to biological factors that influence the hair growth rate. You can speak to a Clinical Advisor to understand the limitations for some types of hair.

Regardless of the hair origin, we only need a small amount of hair for the analysis. This means that the area of collection of hair is usually unnoticeable.

Finally, we will issue your hair drug test report within three to five working days of receiving your sample. Usually, this is only 3 three working days. Also, hair drug test costs include the results package.

Hair drug testing is available at our UK clinics. Alternatively, you can request a mobile collection officer to attend your location.

What is the cost of the hair drug test?

Hair drug test costs are from only £260. Also, if needed, we can produce an Expert Witness Report from £174. This can provide more detailed information about a result.

Prices quoted include VAT.

What drugs can we test for?

We can include many different drug groups in the hair analysis. The most popular include:

  • Amphetamine
  • Methamphetamines (including Ecstasy)
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • Methadone
  • Opiates
  • Ketamine
When should the hair drug test be used?

Hair drug testing is ideal in the following circumstances:

  • Social Service matters.
  • Family Court matters.
  • Spiking incidents.
  • Evidence of abstinence.

The hair drug test offers a longer and more accurate detection window than urine and saliva laboratory drug testing. So consider these drug tests if you require a shorter detection window.

In addition, we can take extra hair samples for hair alcohol testing. For instance, we can undertake a hair alcohol test in combination with a blood alcohol test. As a result, this will also provide an accurate analysis of past alcohol consumption.

Hair drug testing is also suitable for the workplace. For example, for specialist agencies or in circumstances that need evidence of abstinence.

How can I book an appointment for the hair drug test?

The easiest way to book an appointment is by calling 0800 988 7107 and speaking to our team. Or, you can email [email protected]

Whatever method you choose, we will guide you through the process and get you booked in as quickly as possible.

Local drug testing clinics, and mobile locations throughout the UK

For your convenience, we have a network of drug testing clinics throughout the UK. As a result, we can provide drug and alcohol test appointments for you in your local area. Or we can arrange for a certified sample collection officer to visit your home, workplace, or other location.