Hair drug tests can test drug usage over a longer time period potentially signaling an individual’s habitual drug use. For that reason, while hair drug screening is a relatively new testing option, it is quickly becoming a popular choice among employers, courts and governmental agencies.
When an individual uses drugs, identifiable chemical compounds are deposited into hair follicles. When hair strands grow from the follicles, traces of the drug are embedded within the inner strand. Because hair drug screening analyzes chemical compounds inside the hair shaft, harsh external chemicals and shampoos have no ability to alter test results. Hair drug tests can detect drug usage within the past 5-90 days and can accurately identify a wide range of substances including marijuana, cocaine, opiates, phencyclidine, and amphetamines/ methamphetamines.
CJ Cooper & Associates’ trained technicians will personally collect the hair strands in order to diminish any risk of adulteration, and will test only the first 1-1 ½ inches. This sampling, of approximately 120 strands, can be taken from the head, chest, leg, or armpit and is generally representative of the past three months of growth.
Test results are made available within approximately 1-5 business days of the lab receiving the sample.
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Implementing your own drug and alcohol testing program can be a challenge. No matter the size of a company, employer’s face compliance issues that include state laws, federal laws, OSHA and other agency regulations that must be met – and these rules change over time.
To make sure your drug program is compliant with state and federal regulations, it involves a lot of research, planning and administrative work – all of which can be costly and time consuming.
As Joe Reilly, past Chairman and board member of the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) said in an article, “drug and alcohol testing is serious business; it is not like buying office supplies where you get the lowest price for 100 staplers. You need a drug testing program with many moving parts and you need service, compliance, accuracy and someone who will answer the phone.”
Remember: You don’t hire a plumber to do your electrical work, so why hire an urgent care clinic to do your drug testing?
As a Best-in-Class Consortium/Third Party Administrator (C/TPA) and collection site, CJ Cooper & Associates is proud to be entrusted to manage our customers’ drug and alcohol testing programs in a variety of industries.
Contact us today at 319-377-5373 to see if CJ Cooper & Associates is right for your organization.