Since the start of the century society has experienced a clear relationship between the amount, type and use of illegal drugs and the many wars across the world. One such example of the effect was the global shortage in heroin peaking during the Afghanistan war in 2005.
Whist it may appear strange to have a global shortage of an illegal drug, what often occurs with war is an interruption to the transportation network leading to a... Read More
How the impact of the Expert Evidence Pilot has affected the welfare of children's lives
Judges and courts across the country have been faced with the inability to order expert evidence in private family law cases including DNA, Drug & Alcohol Testing. Concerns have arisen about court delays, risk to children and the very outcome of cases as a result of the lack of expert evidence provided.
Due to the concerns... Read More
On 13 June 2014, at a meeting in Bordeaux, France, the Society of Hair Testing passed a new consensus on the use of hair testing as a method of determining levels of alcohol consumption. The consensus is based on tests that took place from December 2013 to January 2014, with the participation of 31 different labs.
The consensus has ramifications for a variety of legal cases where an individual's consumption of or abstinence from alcohol might... Read More
Determining drug and/or alcohol abuse is usually done through hair testing, but many circumstances render this approach impossible: baldness, religious grounds, or reluctant participants are all potential issues. Sometimes, collection agents even arrive only to find the person under suspicion completely shaved from head to toe.
Thus, courts often struggle with a distinct lack of evidence.
So what are the other options? The answer is in... Read More
Alcoholism is often cited in family law cases, particularly those surrounding child neglect or domestic abuse. It’s an issue that carries huge implications for all parties concerned, so it’s vitally important to seek thorough and accurate testing when investigating claims.
Governments used to suggest men should not regularly exceed 3-4 units of alcohol per day, roughly equating to 1.5 pints of beer. Women were advised to drink no more than 2-... Read More