[info]New Test Offers Parents Vital Answers On Their Child’s Drug Use[/info]

Anxious parents worried their children may be abusing drugs can now find out using a simple test.

Drug abuse among young people has reached almost epidemic proportions. Official NHS figures show 37.7% of young people aged between 16 and 24 have abused drugs at some point in their lifetime. And more than one in six (17%) 11 to 15-year-olds have also misused illegal substances.

With statistics like these, it is no surprise that many parents are terrified their children may have taken drugs and be at risk of becoming addicted.

Warrington-based AlphaBiolabs is the first UK company to offer an affordable drug test, which can tell people whether a loved one has been misusing illegal substances from a sample of their hair.

For as little as £75, worried parents can now send off a strip of their child’s hair, using the special collection kit sent by AlphaBiolabs. They will then find out whether their son or daughter has used drugs within a week of the company’s laboratory receiving the sample.

AlphaBiolabs marketing director Mike Cowburn, said: “We understand the worries parents have about keeping their children away from the dangers of drugs. If their teenager’s behavior changes or they are acting suspiciously, they may be frightened their son or daughter is abusing illegal substances but feel unsure about how to tackle the issue without knowing for sure.

“Our peace of mind drug test allows people to find out the truth simply by sending off a sample of their loved one’s hair. People who misuse drugs desperately need the right help and support before their substance abuse becomes a potentially deadly addiction.

“Our confidential test is simple to use, affordable and completely accurate. We hope it will be the first step for many young people in getting the help they need to stop using dangerous drugs for good.”

Unlike urine or blood tests which can only identify whether someone has recently taken an illegal substance, hair testing covers a much longer period of time. Hair typically grows at a rate of 1cm a month, so how far back the test can detect drug use depends on the length of the sample.

The laboratory can test for the presence of a number of drugs including cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin.

The dangers of drug abuse have recently hit the headlines with the high profile death of Glee star Cory Monteith, who died in his hotel room in Canada from a heroin overdose last month. The 31-year-old had a large number of young fans from appearing in the popular TV show but despite his success he had battled with drug addiction for many years.