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Alcohol containing products impact on your alcohol results of hair strand testing (HST)

Alcohol containing products impact on your alcohol results of hair strand testing (HST)

Alcohol Testing

The impact of alcohol-containing hair products on alcohol hair strand testing (HST) is a common question that arises in alcohol monitoring cases.  For testing historical alcohol use in hair, there are two main markers of alcohol which are tested for; Ethylglucuronide (EtG) and Fatty Acid... Read More

19th March 2021
What is an expert witness report and how to get one

What is an expert witness report and how to get one

The legal world is something of a minefield for those who are not trained in the art of understanding it. With complicated laws, technical exceptions, and a shedload of paperwork involved in each case, it really pays to have an expert opinion that can add weight to your cause.  For all of... Read More

4th February 2021
How does cosmetic treatment impact hair alcohol and drugs tests

How does cosmetic treatment impact hair alcohol and drugs tests

Cosmetic treatments:  Hair is a robust sample for testing drugs and alcohol and has 3 morphological regions; the cuticle, cortex and medulla. The cuticle is the outer part of the hair, and it consists of a sheath of overlapping scale cells that protect the bulk of the hair, the cortex. The... Read More

8th January 2021
How to avoid a false positive drug test and the factors that can cause it

How to avoid a false positive drug test and the factors that can cause it

A common question that the team at DNA Legal receive is what will cause a false positive drugs test? You may have read in one of our other blog posts the fact that that we’ve mentioned one of the flaws in drug testing is that there is such a thing as a ‘false positive’ if the laboratory does not... Read More

15th December 2020
Job Sectors and their Workplace Drug & Alcohol Testing: Procedures and Policies

Job Sectors and their Workplace Drug & Alcohol Testing: Procedures and Policies

In the UK, the extent of drug & alcohol abuse in the workplace is not often discussed yet over one million people per year are estimated to be abusing drugs & alcohol whilst at work. However, most workplace testing policies only apply to industries where safety is of the utmost... Read More

17th November 2020
Why alcohol markers EtG and FAEE (EtPa) cannot be segmented in hair

Why alcohol markers EtG and FAEE (EtPa) cannot be segmented in hair

Introduction: Hair is used as a robust sample for drug and alcohol testing. Due to the way it grows and the way drugs and alcohol are absorbed into the hair, it can provide a wide range of information about the drug and alcohol consumption history of an individual. Unlike drug testing in head... Read More

13th November 2020
What is a cut-off level and how do DNA Legal use them in their expert reports

What is a cut-off level and how do DNA Legal use them in their expert reports

What is a cut-off level?  Cut off levels are useful tools for the understanding of drug results. This is because the cut off levels can minimise the chances of false positive results. False positive results can occur from external contamination due to environmental exposure, such as... Read More

9th November 2020
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Is it legal to refuse a paternity test?

Paternity

When it comes to raising a child in the UK, the financial responsibilities lay on both of the parents. With relationships ending and divorces taking place, it is increasingly common for a single parent to raise the child, with the other parent paying child maintenance and getting regular custody.... Read More

23rd October 2020
A Guide on Pre-Employment Drug Testing

A Guide on Pre-Employment Drug Testing

Pre-employment drug testing takes place when potential new employees are requested to provide a urine, saliva, or hair sample for a drug (or alcohol) analysis before being offered the job. The test may occur as early as the interview stage, however, it’s more likely to come at a later stage in the... Read More

29th September 2020
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Forensic DNA & Drug Testing: How it works

We’ve seen it on our favourite crime scene investigation TV shows and we’ve heard it solve age-old crime mysteries in the news, but the reality of forensic DNA and drug testing is slightly less dramatic than Hollywood makes out. The real-world applications of forensics and drug testing are numerous... Read More

8th September 2020
CBD & Drug Testing: Your Questions Answered

CBD & Drug Testing: Your Questions Answered

Drug Testing

Over the last few years, CBD has skyrocketed in popularity. This chemical compound from the cannabis sativa plant is commonly used for pain relief and relaxation despite a growing number of side effects. With CBD being deemed legal in the UK, drug testing has had to adapt and the workplace has had... Read More

18th August 2020

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