Note: Fasting is not required for this test.
Hair Exposure Testing (ChildGuard®)
The 7 Panel Hair Drug Test is a comprehensive screening test that looks for recent use of commonly abused drug substances.
The 7 Panel Hair Drug Test can typically detect drugs use up to 90 days or more. Most drugs will become detectable in hair starting at 7-10 days after use.
7 Panel Hair Drug Test looks for:
- Amphetamines (including Methamphetamine)
- Opiates (Codeine, Morphine)
- Cannabinoid (Marijuana/THC)
ChildGuard® is the only drug test designed to detect passive exposure to drugs, distinguishing between both native drugs and drug metabolites in hair specimens. Drug metabolites are produced in the body only if drugs have been ingested. Children in drug exposed environments are most often not drug users themselves, so drug metabolites are typically absent when a child is being tested for drug exposure.
Typical hair tests with other labs will only report a positive exposure result if drug metabolites are detected, even when the native drug is in the child’s hair specimen. ChildGuard® reports a positive result if either native drugs or drug metabolites are detected, giving much better insight about the child’s environment. ChildGuard® can provide evidence of substance use in a child’s environment for the past 3 months, and can be performed on donors of any age.
A positive ChildGuard® test result suggests that the donor has experienced one or more of the following:
• Contact with drug smoke,
• Contact with sweat or sebum (skin oil) of a drug user,
• Contact with the actual drug,
• Accidental or intentional ingestion of the drug(s).
Please take note that hair testing may not be ideal for casual drug use detection. It is more appropriate for detecting chronic use of drugs. Hair testing and fingernail testing are more effective at detecting long-term use of drugs. A 1.5 inch sample of about 200 strands of hair (about the size of a #2 pencil) closest to the scalp will give 100mg of hair, the ideal sample for screening and confirmation.
Results are typically returned within 3 to 5 business days. We take precaution to ensure results are delivered on time.