PRE-EMPLOYMENT HAIR FOLLICLE DRUG TESTING
Hair Follicle Testing provides evidence of historical use and habitual use
(urine, body fluids and saliva DO NOT)
Hair Follicle Testing Australia (a division of Optimum Health Clinic) in conjunction with AWDTS, Brassets Clinical Services and Psychemedics forensic-accredited laboratory, provide hair testing for individuals, legal firms and Pre-Employment testing for employers. Hair testing is unique, providing information about long-term and chronic drug use.
Testing is conducted by experienced professionals who are qualified in compliance with Australian Standards, having completed training and obtained a Statement of Attainment under the auspices of ASQA. Proof of qualifications are available upon request. Equipment complies with, and in some cases exceeds Australian Standards.
Testing is by appointment only. A written report will be provided. Hair test results will be available within 1 to 2 weeks.
Australian Standards (AS/NZS4308:2008 and AS4760:2006)
Forensic hair testing
Hair testing provides information about long-term and chronic drug use, patterns of use and approximate time periods when drugs have been taken. The length of history of a person’s drug use is limited only to their hair length. Any drugs taken remain fixed in the hair as it grows out from the scalp, so the drugs stay within that piece of hair, even after death. The service we are offering requires a single 3 cm of hair (3 month’s growth) which will be analysed from a hair sample submitted for a range of drugs as below.
We utilise the services of Psychemedics Corporation, the pioneers of hair follicle drug testing and recommended by the FBI as being the US’s top laboratory in this field. Specialist instrumentation is used to look at the chemical structure of specific drugs. It is the unique structure of each drug that ensures our scientists are correctly reporting the presence of a particular drug.
Advantages of hair testing
• provides information on a person’s pattern of drug use and does not record “one-off” or occasional use
• impossible to ‘cheat’ a hair test (except by using someone else’s hair). Bleaching and dyeing of the hair do not compromise the testing given the unique washing process used by Psychemedics
• provides a longer history than urine testing for criminal and family law matters (around 3 months) and as part of the Pre-Employment investigation process
• useful in managing an employee or offender under community supervision who has previously submitted a positive test and is in a rehabilitation programme
What drugs can be tested for?
Samples may be collected and be tested for around 23 drugs and their metabolites including:
- THCA Cocaine
- Hydromorphone PCP PCP (Angel Dust) Amphetamines
- Cocaethylene & Norococaine Opiates 6MAM (Heroin)
- MDMA (Ecstasy)
- MDEA (Eve)
Laboratory results are reported electronically. A hair test result is available in one to two weeks post sample collection. Results are reported only to the person nominated to receive the results. The report will detail whether the drugs listed above were detected or not. Reports are Forensic accredited.
Costs (as at August 2016)
Drug screen test and report for single segment of hair providing a three-month history
(Covers collection, air freight, laboratory costs and a short report detailing drugs tested and any detection)
$484 (incl. GST)
Additional Reporting (if required for Court)
Dr Michael Robertson, one of Australia’s leading forensic hair follicle drug testing experts is available for written opinion or as an expert witness.
Hourly rate $330 (Excl GST)
ADVANTAGES OF HAIR FOLLICLE TESTING OVER OTHER METHODS
In addition to Hair Follicle Drug Testing we can also provide the following pre-employment and post-employment onsite testing:
• Long term Drug and Alcohol Testing
Onsite, Post employment :
• Breath Alcohol Testing
• Drug Testing: Urine and Oral Fluids
A test for chronic alcohol use may be conducted as a separate test.