Courts, related government and social agencies are increasingly utilizing drug and alcohol testing for individuals. The outcome of court-ordered drug and alcohol tests can weigh heavily in legal and judicial proceedings. There are many situations in which someone may be legally required to undergo drug testing, such as Family Law, DUI or DWI arrests and Probation Testing.
Types of Tests:
The advantage of using a urine test is that a wide range of substances is detectable. However, the detection window for some drugs varies. Given that most drugs are not detectable after less than five days, testing for longer-term use is generally ineffectual via this method.
This method of testing has become more common in family law matters. The advantage of hair testing is that there is a longer window of detection and can provide information about a person’s pattern of alcohol or drug use instead of one-off or occasional use, which assists the Court in determining risk. A limitation of this method of testing is that recent or single drug use may not be detected.
A saliva test is less invasive than urine testing; however, the significant disadvantage is that the window of detection is much smaller than hair testing and some urine tests.
PEth Blood Testing
Phosphatidylethanol (PEth) is a very specific alcohol biomarker and provides the highest sensitivity for the detection of current regular alcohol consumption. The detection window is approximately one month.
We know that these tests have essential, lasting effects on vulnerable individuals and families. Our experienced collection teams are on-hand to make specimen collection as quick and comfortable as possible, and our laboratory partner is ready to offer expert analysis and answers to your questions throughout your case.
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