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Insist on the father doing ongoing marijuana urine screens...?

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Hi, I have just emailed mark about a complicated situation to do with Family Court and my children's father seeking nearly half custody of our son. Their father has had a 10 year drug and alcohol problem with escalating physical and emotional violence which has severely affected the children. I would like to know if it is the right thing to be insisting on the father doing ongoing marijuana urine screens and hair follicle alcohol testing as well as insisting on ongoing addiction programs and support? Also would you be able to tell me what you know about the testing and in particular the hair follicle alcohol tests?


Anonymous said...

If he wants to be a father, then yes, I think you have a right to ask him to get clean and sober.

Anonymous said...

I disagree. I don't think he will give up pot until he's really ready to. You can't make him quit, unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

Hair sample drug testing is a great way to detect whether or not a person has used drugs in the past 90 days.

Hair drug testing is actually quite simple and merely requires a sample of hair in order to be completed. Parents who are worried about their teen's use of drugs can collect a strand of hair from their pillow. Employers can request a sample from their employees. Once a hair sample has been collected, it is sealed in an envelope and sent to a participating laboratory for completion. Hair testing is fast and more accurate than other drug test forms.

For instance, hair sample drug testing can detect drug use for up to 90 days after use. The detection window is much larger in hair drug testing (compare it to few days for urine and saliva based drug testing) because trace amounts of drug chemicals become trapped inside each hair. A simple lab test can detect these trace chemicals making for either a positive or negative test result. Once the results are recorded, you are sent notification of the results. Some companies even provide a phone service where you call in, enter an account number and retrieve the results in that way.

Hair sample drug testing can detect all of the major types of drugs, including marijuana, opiates, methamphetamines, PCP, ecstasy, and cocaine. Hair follicle drug testing can detect the trace amounts of illicit substances trapped in the cortex of the hair for up to 90 days after use.

Employee drug testing programs often incorporate hair follicle drug testing into their plans because of the sheer accuracy of these tests. Even though hair testing is more expensive that a urine drug test kit, for example, they can provide a level of accuracy that is nearly ten times that of other testing methods. Likewise, hair follicle drug testing does not involve the embarrassing collection of samples like that of urine or saliva drug tests. In most cases, a few strands of hair is all that is needed to obtain accurate results.

Parents can also benefit from hair sample drug testing. Hair testing is discrete and confidential. An individual can be tested without their knowledge, making it so parents can know the truth about their teen's drug use first before making accusations. By using hair drug testing in the home, parents can safeguard their teens against drug abuse, and help them quit the abuse should test results come back positive.