Hair follicle drug and alcohol testing is becoming more popular because of its longer look back period. Hair follicle testing can detect substance abuse going back for approximately 90 days. When a substance is used, it is absorbed and metabolized into the bloodstream. Because hair growth is fed by blood flow, any used substances and their metabolites will be embedded in the hair. Our hair follicle drug and alcohol testing differentiates between the metabolites and the actual drug so that there can be no mistaking the possibility of external contamination as the reason for a positive result. Although there are endless advertisements for shampoos, conditioners, sprays, gels and other gimmicks promising to remove the evidence of substance abuse and "trick" the hair follicle test, those claims are false. Hair follicle collection is completed directly by an examiner, which precludes altering a specimen.
Hair drug tests are most commonly ordered for pre-employment, random testing, probation, court ordered testing, and personal testing. Hair samples are cut from the head as close to the scalp as possible. Only a small specimen of about 100 hairs is needed and when collected correctly should not create a noticeable spot. If there is not a large enough sample available on the head, hair will be cut from the arms or legs.
Soteria Screening Laboratories provides a variety of hair drug screens. Our most common test include:
- 5 Panel Hair Drug Test, testing for Amphetamines, Cocaine, Marijuana, Opiates, and Phencyclidine.
- 5 Panel with Expanded Opiates and Oxycodone Hair Drug Test, testing for Amphetamines, Cocaine, Marijuana, Opiates (including Heroin, Codeine, Morphine, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, and Oxycodone), and Phencyclidine.
- 9 Panel Hair Drug Test, testing for Amphetamines, Barbiturates, Cocaine, Marijuana, Methadone, Opiates (including Heroin, Codeine, Morphine, Hydrocodone, and Hydromorphone), Phencyclidine, and Propoxyphene.
- 12 Panel Hair Drug Test, testing for Amphetamines, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Marijuana, Meperidine, Methadone, Opiates (including Heroin, Codeine, Morphine, Hydrocodone, and Hydromorphone), Oxycodone, Phencyclidine, Propoxyphene, and Tramadol.
Hair tests can be found at the bottom of our "Products & Pricing" page. If you do not see a test you might need, please call us at (202) 679-6670.