18.2.13

Legal Drug & Alcohol Testing

Brought to you by our friends at AlphaBiolabs

There are three key methods of testing for illicit drug abuse, through either hair, urine, or oral fluid analysis.

Once the drug is ingested the metabolites can be detected in the hair shaft after one week and up to a period of 12 months. However drugs can be detected in urine several hours after ingestion and for a number of days thereafter. Drugs can be detected in oral fluid shortly after being consumed and up to 48 hours.

In order to provide an accurate understanding of the length of time the sample donor has been abusing or abstaining from drugs, AlphaBiolabs recommends segmentation.  This means, for example, that instead of providing you with a positive six month result – a six month analysis requesting 2 segments would equate to an analysis of two 3 month segments.

There are two key methods of testing for alcohol abuse, through either hair or blood samples. AlphaBiolabs can offer analysis to detect alcohol abuse involving the detection of Ethyl Glucuronide (EtG) and Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters (FAEE). By performing two different types of hair analysis it will assist in building evidence to support the diagnosis of chronic excessive alcohol consumption with a greater degree of certainty. We would also recommend an alcohol test to detect biomarkers in conjunction with clinical assessment to gain a greater insight into an individual's alcohol use.

Hair strand analysis:
At present, the recommended length of hair an EtG and FAEE test should cover is 3 centimetres (3cm) from nearest the scalp as a whole section of hair. This is consistent with the consensus on hair alcohol testing for chronic excessive alcohol consumption published by the Society of Hair Testing (SoHT) in June 2009.

Blood analysis:
•                  Liver Function Test (LFT)

Alcohol can be toxic to the liver. A person who consumes excessive amounts of alcohol will damage their liver and may experience decreased liver function.

Liver Function Tests (LFT) measure various enzymes in the blood that are produced by the liver. An abnormal result indicates a problem with the liver.

Using analytical testing, it is now possible to determine a person’s alcohol consumption on a routine basis.

We test a panel of five markers including total bilirubin, AST, ACT, ALP and gamma GT to ensure the result is as accurate as possible.

•                  Carbohydrate Deficient Transferrin (CDT) Analysis

Carbohydrate Deficient Transferrin (CDT), is a widely recognised specific bio-marker of chronic moderate to heavy alcohol consumption.

In cases where the sample donor is abusing alcohol, you would expect to see an elevated CDT reading. In conjunction with an elevated LFT or EtG reading it would strongly suggest that the sample donor is abusing alcohol. Alternatively, if the sample donor can demonstrate a low CDT reading this would strongly suggest that the sample donor is abstaining from alcohol abuse.

Established in August 2004, AlphaBiolabs is an accredited DNA Paternity, Drug and Alcohol Testing Laboratory.

Their brand values centre around providing cost effective DNA and Drug testing to whoever requires it. Our clients include a range of Civil Courts, Law Firms, Councils and Members of the Public throughout the UK.

We are the only laboratory in the UK that is accredited for DNA Paternity Testing and Drugs of Abuse in hair testing, giving you the peace of mind that you deserve. Utilising the latest technology in our laboratory, we ensure accuracy, reliability and integrity for each and every case, supported by our confidential customer services department and overseen by our highly trained technical staff.


12.2.13

Travel Law & technology Infographic "the digital revolution" by asb law

Brought to you by our friends at ASB Law

As the world continues to go digital – it might be worth asking the question as to whether you understand the risks to your travel business? To help answer this question, travel lawyers at ASB Law, specialist providers of legal expertise in travel law, charity law and aviation law have been researching the latest digital trends in the B2B travel sector and the travel technology legal implications for the travel industry to consider. They have put the key findings from the research into the creative infographic which you can see below.