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Drug testing cannabis

Drug testing cannabis

Cannabis is highly detectable and can be found in urine, saliva, hair as well as nail clipping samples. The tests available to determine cannabis use vary in their windows of detection so recent or chronic use can be established. In addition, ingestion as opposed to...
The five most addictive substances on Earth

The five most addictive substances on Earth

What are the most addictive substances? According to Eric Bowman, Lecturer in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews, the answer depends on whom you ask. The potential for a drug to be addictive can be judged in terms of the harm it causes, the...
Child protection alcohol test

Child protection alcohol test

In child protection, alcohol testing is relied upon to help decision making in cases where one or both parents have an addiction issue or in cases to prove abstinence. Understanding the level and pattern of alcohol misuse can help assess the risk to the child....
Court-ordered alcohol test

Court-ordered alcohol test

Hair strand testing is considered the gold standard in toxicological analyses. This long-established method can provide a history of drug and alcohol abuse and is routinely used in the forensic and family law fields. Hair alcohol testing works by looking at two...
Drug misuse claims life every other day

Drug misuse claims life every other day

Following the deaths of four people in Belfast during the Christmas holidays, the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) has warned of the dangers of mixing drugs and alcohol. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is waiting for results of post-mortem...
Dry January works

Dry January works

Research has proved that ditching booze during January can help people regain control of their drinking, enhance energy levels, improve skin texture and aid weight loss. Moreover, the self-discipline of abstaining helps people drink less months later. Researchers from...