Adult & Child Drug Testing Lab
Hair Exposure Drug Testing (ChildGuard®)
When a child is exposed to substance use, they often face other coexisting obstacles to normal life – neglect, abuse, violence, and other vulnerabilities. Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a disease that often prevents adults from doing what is in a child’s best interest. Detecting dangerous environments is paramount to keeping the child safe. Testing with ChildGuard can assist where other exposure drug tests fall short.
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 using substances 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 into the child’s environment. ChildGuard can provide evidence of substance exposure 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 person in active use,
- Contact with the actual drug,
- Accidental or intentional ingestion of the drug(s).
Our forensic test for passive exposure is the first and only test of its kind. See our hair testing pages for information about specimen collection.
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*Click the green and white plus sign beside each drug class to view the substances within each class.
By Phone: 1.800.235.2367
Business Hours (CST)
Panel Name: Hair Exposure Testing (ChildGuard®)
Panel Description: Hair Exposure Testing (ChildGuard®) Drug Panel
Collection Container: Foil in Secure Envelope
Specimen Amount: 100 mg = 200 strands @ 1.5 inches (We recommend weighing the specimen on a jeweler’s scale.)
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High Yield Determinations 01-Dec-2015
Quantity Not Sufficient 11-Nov-2016
The Shelter of the Law 01-Dec-2015