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Hair Follicle Drug Testing – An Alternative Approach

Until a few years ago many universities, companies and even some government organizations relied heavily on urine analysis to identify whether or not a person has been involved in drug abuse. The problem with this process is two-fold-it could be easily cheated and the results were usually not 100% accurate. Now, however, technology has advanced so that a drug test can be conducted by using a hair follicle from a person’s head or body.

Are you wondering what a hair follicle drug testing is? Well, Hair follicle drug testing is a means of screening a person to gauge whether he or she has been using drugs or not. This simply involves using a small sample of person’s hair (whether from the head or from the body) to measure the presence of drug molecules and their specific metabolites in a person’s body.

Normally, according to the Colorado Hair Follicle Drug Testing information, a standard hair follicle screening covers a period of approximately 90 days, but can sometimes vary depending upon the growth rate of your hair. The hair sample is usually cut as close as possible to the scalp and upon testing; it can reveal a record of drug abuse dated as far as 90 days in the past.

Some of the primary types of drug abuse able to be detected against hair follicle testing involve:

* Marijuana
* Cocaine (Cocaine & Benzoylecgonine)
* Opiates (Codeine, Morphine & 6-Monacteyl Morphine)
* Phencyclidine
* Methamphetamine (Methamphetamine/Amphetamine & Ecstasy)

As for the State of Colorado, it has not yet enacted any employment drug or alcohol testing laws. However, according to the Colorado Supreme Court, if an employee’s supervisor has reasonable suspicion that the employee was either using or is still under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol, the supervisor has the right to order a hair follicle drug testing for employees. Colorado further states that after drug testing, the employer is not liable to pay for any employee benefits in cases where the employee’s test is positive. Additionally, in such scenarios, the alleged person also becomes ineligible for unemployment compensation except for when he or she admits to being a drug addict and volunteers to get some help.

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