ToxLogic is one of the earliest providers of hair drug tests in Australia. We have helped hundreds of individuals, companies, and government departments, prove drug misuse or abstinence using hair testing. (Note, hair drug testing is often mistakenly called “hair follicle” testing. This is a misnomer as collection of the sample does NOT involve pulling the hair out with the hair follicle attached – we collect samples by cutting the hair very close to the scalp.)
This evidence is often a crucial piece of information in court matters as well as for recruiters and employers. It helps create fairer, safer and healthier workplaces and communities. As part of a monitoring or rehabilitative program, it can also lead to life-changing health outcomes.
Hair drug tests are a particularly useful tool for investigating long-term substance-use habits as analysis of sections of hair for drugs and alcohol can help establish a donor’s history of drug and/or alcohol use.
When drugs enter the bloodstream, parent drug and/or metabolites are laid down in the hair as the blood circulates around the hair follicle. This drug remains in the hair as it grows. By analysing a length of hair, the drugs used over a certain period of time can be identified. A one (1) centimetre (cm) length of hair will give approximately a one (1) month history of the donor’s drug use.
Hair sample collections are done under Chain of Custody conditions using a specialised collection kit supplied by ToxLogic Pty Ltd.
The collection procedure involves cutting 2 locks of hair close to the scalp from the area around the crown of the head. Each lock should be 50 – 100 hairs and, with normal hair growth, the collection site is not usually visible after collection. If head hair is not available, body hair can be used in most cases.
Cansford Laboratories is a pioneer in drug and alcohol testing using hair, and is world-renowned for its work and research in this field. The laboratory is accredited by UKAS to ISO/IEC 17025.
HASTA specialises in sport drug testing and is fully accredited by NATA to ISO/IEC 17025.
ToxLogic works with both laboratories to provide our clients with the most detailed picture possible of a person’s substance use.
Expert Witness Statements are available for court purposes (additional charges apply). Hair drug and alcohol test results are returned within 10 – 14 days of sample collection.
Testing can be done for individual drug groups or for panels of drugs. Panels offered by ToxLogic cover the broad range of common illicit drugs and misused prescription drugs. We will provide a quote based on the individual requirements of clients.
We provide clients with a range of panel options and assist them in understanding which of our hair drug tests best suits their needs.
Common questions for us to ask are: