Often, people who require a hair test have very short hair; in these cases, the sample could be collected from the pubic area. Pubic hair represents a reliable and widely accepted alternative matrix, often employed to ascertain or exclude drug abuse.
Can they take pubic hair for drug test?
Even though pubic hair can be used as an alternative to scalp hair to prove previous drug use, it should be avoided when estimating drug use history. It should be also noted that higher quantitative results in pubic hair do not necessarily represent heavier drug use.
What body hair can be used for drug testing?
A body hair sample is typically collected by cutting or shaving hair from the arms, legs, chest, stomach, underarms, or face of a male donor. A good sample is typically the size of a large cotton ball. We do not perform body hair testing for female donors.
Can you get drug tested through hair?
A hair follicle drug test is the only drug test that can detect repeated drug use up to 90 days prior to the test. This is possible because drugs present in the bloodstream actually become a part of hair cells as the hair grows.
How much hair is cut for a drug test?
A hair drug test with initial screen and confirmation requires 100 milligrams of hair (90 to 120 strands).
What if hair is too short for drug test?
When someone has short hair, the sample can still be collected, it just has to cover a larger portion of the head. If a person is bald or has a shaved head, a body hair sample can be collected. If the person being tested has no hair on their body, a hair drug test cannot be administered.
How common are hair drug tests?
Urine, which is by far the most prevalent, with 90 percent of employers using it, according to background screening firm HireRight. Saliva, used by 10 percent of employers. Hair, used by 7 percent of employers.
Can you refuse hair drug test?
You have the right to refuse a drug test, and the employer has the right to refuse you a job on that basis. State laws may impose some procedural rules on how an employer tests. For example, the employer may have to use a certified laboratory or give you an opportunity to explain a positive result.
Can you fail a hair drug test from second hand?
Probably not in most cases. But it is possible to detect marijuana in drug tests after exposure in an unventilated room to larger amounts of THC, the ingredient in marijuana that causes the high. Drug screens can look for THC in your blood, urine, saliva, or hair.
Can eyebrows be drug tested for hair?
Hair products, dyes, and shampoos will not prevent the test from detecting drug use. In the event of a lack of scalp hair, the test can be conducted with hair from other places on the person, such as the eyebrows or arms.
Can a hair test detect one time use?
If an individual is an infrequent or first-time drug user, a hair follicle test may not detect drug use a few days before the test because it takes time for hair to grow. Employers need to weigh that fact into their choice of a drug test method. This test could be a reprieve for a sporadic or one-time user, however.
How do I dispute a positive drug test?
The best way to contest false-positive results is to reach out to your pharmacist and ask if prescription drugs and OTC medications you take on a regular basis can cause a positive drug test result. Ask if the pharmacist can provide written documentation to this effect and bring a copy to the test site.
Are home drug tests accurate?
While home drug tests are sensitive, they aren’t 100% accurate. False positives can result if an individual has taken certain legal medications, supplements, and even certain foods or beverages. This is why we recommend taking your sample to a professional laboratory to confirm the results.