Instant hair drug testing is now available as a point of care test, with results in 10 minutes. Customers can enjoy affordable, flexible options. Multiple drug types are available for screening.

Instant hair screening for drugs

Instant hair screening for drugs. The most significant development in drug testing since saliva testing emerged almost 20 years ago. Hair screening delivers a 90 day detection window.

Illegal drugs and urine drug testing

In urine, most illegal drugs cannot be detected beyond 3 days, with the exception of marijuana.

Potential employees using drugs such as Methamphetamine and Cocaine represent an equal, or greater, risk to an employer than Marijuana.

Urine testing indicates recent drug use. It does not provide any insight into whether regular drug use is occurring.

Instant hair screening has arrived.

“Hair drug screening lays bare the inadequacies of urine for pre-employment testing.”
Cameron Stuart, Drug Testing Consultant


Choose a combination of hair and urine testing to enhance pre-employment screening outcomes.

Take the option to look further into history of drug use with prospective employees. Include hair drug screening for drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine. Add value for your customers.

 Urine can no longer be relied upon as the gold standard for pre-employment drug testing.

Urine drug testing can only address 3.33% of hair’s detection window in most cases.

Instant Hair Drug Screen - Quick Overview


Market feedback confirms employers want the option to detect illegal drugs for longer than 3 days.

Pre-employment service providers, screen for drugs for up to 90 days.

Hair drug screening is more likely to indicate a pattern of regular use. Drug use history is key to pre-employment and recruitment. Will you offer the candidate work? If so, on what terms?

Drug Testing Solutions recommends the below
approaches for optimal screening outcomes.

Bundle hair screening with a urine test. Or use it alone.

Illegal drug panels available include:

  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamine and Cocaine

Broad drug panels available include:

  • Methamphetamine, Amphetamine, Cocaine, Opiates, Oxycodone, Barbiturates, PCP & Benzodiazepines

Consider the testing combinations below
the insight achieved in each case:

Potential employees identified as illegal drug users may be disqualified from the recruitment process.

Alternatively, a risk management approach may be taken such as including increased random drug testing once employment is commenced.

Hair drug testing provides the most insight into historical patterns of drug and alcohol use. Three months detection. Urine only detects three days in most cases.

Drug testing using hair is affordable, easy to collect and provides a 90 day history of drug or alcohol use.
A hair sample is difficult to adulterate and collection is non-intrusive.
Hair drug testing services in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart. Regional areas in most states and territories are available 24 hours / 7 days.
Hair drug testing is used in law matters and pre-employment examinations. Results are specific, precise and admissible in court matters.
Hair will reveal up to a three-month history of alcohol and substance use.
A single sample can test for cocaine, marijuana, opiates, methamphetamines, ecstasy and PCP. Testing can detect a specific drug or several different drugs.

History/Window of Detection

Up to a 3-month window of detection for alcohol and drugs.

Risk of Adulteration

No known way to adulterate. Washing, dying or using styling
products do not affect results.

Ease of collection

Hair drug test samples are non-invasive and easy to collect. Care can be taken to minimise visible hair removal.

How accurate is Hair drug testing?

The collection and testing of hair follows international guidelines.

Drugs in hair are measured in picograms which is smaller than units used for urine or saliva.

What drugs can be detected?

As many as 17 different drugs can be detected with one sample.
Commonly used combinations include Marijuana,
Methamphetamine, Amphetamine, Opiates, Oxycodone and Cocaine..
Barbiturates and Phencyclidine are more common in the USA.

Life Cycle of Drugs in Hair

Drug and alcohol indicators remain in the hair follicle for the life of
the hair.

Validity of Results

Results from hair testing are admissible within the legal system as
factual evidence. Australian legal matters regularly accept overseas
laboratory results as evidence in various cases.

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