What You Should Know About Hair Collection Testing

Scientists check the DNA from hair in the lab

Did you know that the compounds of drugs remain in the hair for a long time? That’s right, and the drugs in hair cannot be washed away with shampoo. Many employers are starting to choose hair collection testing to maintain a productive and drug-free work environment. Today, Dr. Gil answers some common questions about hair collection drug testing. 

What Is Hair Collection Testing?

Hair collection testing screens for illegal drug use and the misuse of prescription medication. During the test, Dr. Gil will use scissors to remove a small number of hair strands from the head (close to the scalp). Then, he will send the sample to a lab for testing.  

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What Drugs Are Included?

Hair collection testing is often used to test for opioids, cocaine, marijuana, PCP, ecstasy, amphetamine, and methamphetamine. Employers may request a hair follicle drug test to screen for drugs before they hire an applicant. They may also use hair testing to perform random drug tests on their current employees. 

What Are the Advantages of Hair Testing?

First, hair samples are very reliable. It is nearly impossible for an individual to skew the test results or evade the test by abstaining for a few days. Next, unlike other methods, hair collection testing provides a detection window of up to 90 days. This procedure is an effective way to identify patterns and evaluate the long-term use of substances. 

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Can Special Products Cleanse the Hair of Substances?

Shampoos, conditioners, and commonly used hair styling products do not have a significant impact on the test results. When a user ingests a substance, it eventually hits the bloodstream and then travels to every part of the body, including the hair. The substance becomes embedded in the hair and it remains there for a long time. No hair product can undo this. 

What If My Employee Has a Shaved Head?

While some individuals may have little to no hair, a drug test can still be run. Hair can be collected from many locations on the head and combined to get the required amount. If head hair is unavailable, Dr. Gil can use certain body hair (leg and arm) as an alternative. Only natural hair can be taken. 

Drug Screen Solutions in Springfield, MO

If a drug test is part of your pre-employment screening or if you require your current employees to be tested for drugs, Dr. Gil’s can help. We make the process easy and affordable. For questions or for more information about our drug screen solutions in Springfield, MO, call 417-869-8000 today. You can also reach us online.

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