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Child Hair Drug Testing

When a child is exposed to illegal substance abuse they often also face other coexisting obstacles to a normal life - neglect, abuse, violence, and other vulnerabilities. Substance abuse is a disease, one that often prevents adults from doing what is in a childs interests. Our environmental exposure test for children can help.

Our child hair environmental exposure test is the only drug test designed to detect passive exposure to drugs. Our test detects both native drugs and drug metabolites in the hair sample. Drug metabolites are produced in the body only if drugs have been ingested. Children in drug exposed environments are most often not drug users themselves, so drug metabolites are typically absent in child samples being tested for drug exposure. Typical hair tests with other labs will only report a positive exposure result if drug metabolites are detected, even when the native drug is in the child hair sample. Our child hair environmental exposure test reports a positive result if either native drugs or drug metabolites are detected.

A child hair test can provide evidence of drug use in a childs environment for the past 3 months. A positive test result suggests that the child has experienced one or more of the following: passive inhalation of drug smoke, contact with drug smoke, contact with sweat or sebum (skin oil) of a drug user, contact with the actual drug, and accidental or intentional ingestion of illegal drugs. Our research-based, forensic test for passive exposure is the first and only test of its kind. See our hair testing pages for information about sample collection.

Benefits of Using Child Hair Testing

  • Window of Detection: Up to 3 months for most SOA
  • Simple Collection: Non-invasive, non-intrusive specimen collection.
  • Best Option Available: Tests for exposure AND ingestion, not just ingestion

Why do they test hair for Substances of Abuse (SOA)?

Hair testing has been around for years, and has gained great recognition as a viable, not-invasive, alternate specimen for testing SOA. It provides a test sample that is simple to collect, and easy to ship and store.

Drugs and metabolites are incorporated into hair during formation, after formation, and after hair has emerged from the skin.

A 1 = sample of approximately 100 mg (about the width of a #2 pencil) can provide up to a 3 month window of detection for most SOA.

How is exposure being missed?

The gap in SOA exposure detection deals with the parameters of traditional, routine hair testing. Routine hair tests dont place the focus on environmental exposure, but rather on remnant metabolites that would be left after ingestion. Testing for ingestion generally places focus on drug metabolites that have been processed by the body in vivo and doesnt focus on any native metabolites found in the environment.

What is the solution?

USDTL has a history of helping the next generation. The epidemic of SOA-addicted newborns in the late 1980s compelled them to be the first laboratory to offer umbilical cord testing for SOA detection and they continue to seek advancement of SOA testing options.

Once again, they found themselves disheartened by the rate of children being overlooked due to lack of options available, so they made it their mission to create a hair test that is optimized for sensitivity to SOA exposure.

Using a hair test that is more sensitive to exposure could help detect situations an endangered child may face, such as: passive inhalation of SOA smoke, contact with SOA smoke, contact with sweat or skin oil of a substance abuser, contact with the physical substance and accidental or intentional ingestion of SOA.

USDTL has offer hair testing since 1994 and their toxicologists have become renowned experts in the field. They place extreme emphasis on the human being connected to the other end of the tests, so all of their tests follow a strict, electronic barcode, chain of custody procedure.

By creating a better option, that leads to better knowledge, they feel that they have, once again, taken a step toward the safety of those who need them the most.

Drug Testing Panels Available:

5-Panel will detect the following:

  • Amphetaminesamphetamine, MDA, MDEA, MDMA, methamphetamine
  • Cannabinoldscarboxy-THC, native-THC
  • Cocainebenzoylecgonine, cocaethylene, cocaine, norcocaine
  • Opiates6-MAM, codeine, hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, morphine, Oxymorphone, oxycodone
  • PCP-Phencyclidine

7-Panel will detect the following:

  • Amphetaminesamphetamine, MDA, MDEA, MDMA, methamphetamine
  • Cannabinoldscarboxy-THC, native-THC
  • Cocainebenzoylecgonine, cocaethylene, cocaine, norcocaine
  • Opiates6-MAM, codeine, hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, morphine, Oxymorphone, oxycodone
  • PCP-Phencyclidine
  • Benzodiazepines-alprazolam, diazepam, midazolam, nordiazepam, oxazepam, temazepam
  • Barbiturates-amobarbital, butalbital, pentobarbital, phenobarbital, secobarbital

9-Panel will detect the following:

  • Amphetaminesamphetamine, MDA, MDEA, MDMA, methamphetamine
  • Cannabinoldscarboxy-THC, native-THC
  • Cocainebenzoylecgonine, cocaethylene, cocaine, norcocaine
  • Opiates6-MAM, codeine, hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, morphine, Oxymorphone, oxycodone
  • PCP-Phencyclidine
  • Benzodiazepines-alprazolam, diazepam, midazolam, nordiazepam, oxazepam, temazepam
  • Barbiturates-amobarbital, butalbital, pentobarbital, phenobarbital, secobarbital
  • Methadone-EDDP, methadone
  • Propoxyphene-propoxyphene, norpropoxyphene

Making a Difference

The USDTL laboratory has an aggressive research and development program and has made significant breakthroughs in the field of analytical toxicology by developing procedures to provide advanced forensic toxicology using alternate specimens, such as hair, fingernail and umbilical cord. Their research activities are funded largely by agencies within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). USDTL offers customized drug testing for a variety of clients including research organizations, hospitals, reference laboratories, universities, and court systems.