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I need to take a 9 panel hair follicle test in order to return to pain management. I had a terrible car accident 5 years ago. Since, I have had multiple back surgeries. During my normal check up at pain management, I received a positive for methadone. I’m not prescribed methadone. My doctor didn’t even consider any lab errors. I will be kicked out of my pain management program if I don’t prove this test wrong. Leaving pain management is not an option for me. Will a 9 panel hair follicle test help dispute this false positive? How do drugs get into the hair follicle?
Louis T, Atlanta GA
I would agree that a 9 Panel hair follicle test is a great way to begindisputing this claim. Unfortunately, we get this scenario quite often. It is important that you return to treatment. We understand that back injuries can be lifelong journeys. So, answer your question about how drugs get into the hair follicle, the main factors in binding are melanin affinity, lipophilicity and basicity of drugs. Melanin affinity refers to the hair’s relationship to pigmentation (color). Lipophilicity is the ability forchemical compounds to dissolve.
Hair tests are popular in court because of their longer detection time, accuracy and they are much harder to manipulate. Methadone is included on our 9 panel hair follicle test. There are other prescription drugs included on the 9 panel. Fortunately, medical review is also included on the 9 panel hair follicle test. Our medical review office will verify your prescription and list any federally recognized controlled substance as negative. I am happy to go into further detail with you about your case when you contact our office by phone or email.
I need a 5 Panel DOT drug screening done. I am in the United States Coast Guard and I understand not all companies can provide 5 Panel DOT drug screening. It is not the same as a regular urine drug screen. So I’m hoping you can help me with this.We won’t be back in the states until next month. I will only have two weeks or so in town before I have to leave again so, I would like to get the process started as soon as possible. I need a copy of those results as soon as possible. Is your company able to send me a copy electronically? Or do I have to pick them up from the lab myself? Also, what is the process for this test?
Bill Tucker, Newark, NJ
We offer 5 Panel DOT drug screening and we will also send the federal chain of custody to the lab on your behalf. Testing requirements may vary depending on which agency you are testing for. You will also need a form labeled DOT/USCG Periodic Drug Testing Form to meet the requirements for periodic testing for the coast guard.We can complete this for you. The testing laboratory must be accredited by SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration). In addition, the urine collection has to be collected by an agency that meets the collection requirements as defined in Title 49 CFR 40.30. We have all of these requirements covered for you. The results for this test usually take 1-3 business days but it can be up to 5. So, if we get you in right away we should have your results in time. Call customer service to arrange for your lab orders to be sent over (888) 493-2521. Thank you for your service to our country.
I’m interested in purchasing a 5 panel hair follicle test for my daughter. However, I do not want her to know anything about it. I have collected a couple strands of hairfrom the piles of hair on my bathroom floor and I would like to bring it to one of your locations. The 5 panel hair follicle test seemed to be the best option as I am mostly concerned with abuse of hydrocodone and marijuana. She was once prescribed hydrocodone but, she has not had that prescription in over two years. From her recent behavior I think she might be obtaining and using it illegally. She is over the age 18, as she just turned 21 this year. However, I am her mother and I would like to do whatever I can to help her break this addiction. Am I choosing the right test ? Is it possible to receive results even though she isn’t a minor? Do I need her permission at all?
I am sorry that you and your daughter are experiencing such a difficult time. However, you are on the right track as a 5 panel hair follicle test is a good start for detecting marijuana. If you need to test for hydrocodone you will need the 5 panel hair follicle to include expanded opiates. Here at AMH nationwide it is our duty to help families like yours in anyway possible, by providing our drug testing services and answering any questions you might have. Unfortunately, you cannot drop hair at our location but, we do have an option for your situation. We have anonymous hair tests, in which we will send a hair kit to your home with instructions on how to place the hair in the kit. For this test you can be located anywhere because included in these services is a next day Fedex air bill. Once you have the required amount of hair you will mail the sample off and it will be tested through our labs. Our drug testing professionals would love to explore this option with you more over the phone. Please give our office a call at (888)493-2521
I need to order 9 panel hair follicle tests for my new hires and some existing employees. All of my employees are certified nurse assistants. From what I can tell, most of them have hair at least an inch and a half long. From what I understand 9 panel hairfollicle test cover both commonly abused prescription and street drugs and that is exactly what I’m looking for. Specifically, Methadone is a pretty big concern in this area so that definitely has to be included. I have a pretty small business but I would like to repeat these testing every couple of months or at least 3 times a year. As I know the more extensive a test the more the price increases, do you have any special pricing for companies? Also, is there a way to guarantee the same service for the same price each time? Finally, what happens in the event that my employee’s hair is too short for the test?
Tim C. Brooklyn, New York
Thank you for your question about 9 panel hair follicle testing for your employees. To begin, your information on requirements for our hair testing are correct. Individuals need to have at least an inch and a half but we recommend 2 inches. Also, when purchasing 10 or more 9 panel hair follicle test at the same time sometimes we can cut the cost of processing. If you don’t have 10 employees to test no worries we do allow pre payment. Once you prepay with our office we will keep the paid lab orders as open credits on your account. Setting up an account is easy and free. We will save all of your company’s preferences such as how and who you like results and registration sent to, location preferences, and any other specific request your company might have. If for some reason your employee goes into one of nationwide locations and their hair isn’t long enough we will reduce the panel and perform a hair follicle test using body hair. There will be a credit for the difference in price to your account.
The courts are requiring me to take an ETG hair test in order to get my license back. I’ve never taken a hair test. What is an ETG hair test?
Caleb T, Richmond VA
Thank you for your question Caleb. ETG is the acronym for ethyl glucuronide. The ETG hair test is a biomarker test that detects chronic consumption of alcohol in an estimate 90 days. Hair follicles are embedded in the dermis of skin and contain networks of arterial capillaries that nourish the growing hair bulb. A minimum of 2 inches of hair is required for this test. The idea is that every month your hair should grow half of an inch.
Once at a collection site the collector will cut as close to your scalp as possible. The results for an ETG hair test usually take 3-10 business days. It is very important if you have an upcoming court date to give your specimen as soon as possible because of this longer return. If you need your results fax, mailed or email directly to a court or lawyer, AMH Nationwide is more than willing to take care of that for you. The results for this test is your private health information. Unless another party has your consent or there is a court order from a judge requiring you to give your results to another party, no one else will have access to these results. There are other options for ETG testing besides hair that might also help with your case, feel free to contact one of AMH Nationwide’s testing experts for more information.
I might need to order an ETG hair test. My ex-wife is filing for full custody for our two children. Somehow, she has passed every urine alcohol test. We are unclear how she passes every test as she is a known alcoholic. My mother suggested trying an ETG hair testinstead of a urine. She believes that a hair test will be more accurate than urine. Is this true? Will an ETG hair test return positive if the urine test
John K, Memphis TN
Your mother’s suggestion of the ETG hair test is definitely on the right track if you want a better indicator of your ex-wife’s drinking habits. Ethyl glucuronide (EtG) is a strong marker for consumption of alcohol, but other alcohol tests, such as the urine ETG test, have a much shorter detection time. Keratinized tissues (hair, nail etc.) can retain foreign substances and thereby provide a longer detection time than standard urine drug screening or blood drug tests. While detection times for the urine ETG test are typically only a couple hours or days after consumption, the ETG hair test can detect alcohol months after consumption. In order for the ETG hair test to be performed the donor must have at least two inches of head hair. Donors are currently unable to use body hair this test. The standard ETG hair test has an estimated 90 day detection period. This is a relatively new test and therefore it is not cheap, but most of our clients find our pricing to be better than other drug testing agencies in Houston.
Another factor to consider is your ex-wife might be passing the urine tests because she is submitting someone else’s urine. If that is the case, the ETG hair test will eliminate that possibility. A person cannot go in to the lab and submit someone else’s hair. It is taken directly from the donor’s head. To find out the closest location for lab testing call and talk with one of our test experts at(888) 493-2521
My husband and I are going through a divorce and he is requiring me to take a 9 panel drug screen to grant joint custody of my children. I read online that the 9 panel drug screen includes Xanax. I am prescribed Xanax by my doctor and wondering will that prescription affect my test results?
Also, I have used marijuana a couple of times in the last couple of months. The 9 panel drug screen is a hair follicle test, is THC included?
Laura, Dallas TX
Testing companies like AMH Nationwide typically handle a lot of these very stressful situations and are a great resource to help you through the testing process discreetly and professionally. The9 panel hair follicle drug testincludes amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, opiates, phencyclidine (PCP), Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates, propoxyphene and methadone. Xanax is a barbiturate so, if you take Xanax regularly as prescribe it is likely to result as a positive on your 9 panel drug screen. After testing with a company like AMH Nationwide, if a specimen is positive after being tested in a confirmatory process using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, it is sent to a Medical Review Office so the prescription is verified. At the Nation Medical Review Office your prescription will be confirmed and if the drug in question is used as prescribed then it will be listed as negative. The test is designed to determine abuse not prescribed use.
As for the marijuana because the 9 panel hair follicle test is not designed to detect THC metabolites, hair follicle tests are great for determining light usage. Therefore, if you only used once or twice THC is less likely to be detected on the 9 panel hair follicle test.
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I am considering a 9 panel drug screen for my 21 year old son. I was told that a 9 panel drug screen would cover both prescription and street drugs. My son has been a honor roll student. Throughout high school. He has never had any legal or behavioral issues. In the last six months he has been withdrawn from all of his family and previous friends. My son has had violent outburst. that he claims he doesn’t remember. His grades have plummeted and he is currently on probation from school. My husband and I really don’t know where to begin helping him.
Tina K, Clearwater FL
We know this is a scary time for your family. We are more than happy to support you during this time A 9 Panel drug screen is a great place to start. The 9 panel drug screen includes a variety of both street and prescription drugs. One of the drugs that the 9 panel drug screen check for is benzodiazepineslike Xanax. Xanax is a sedative used to treat anxiety and panic disorder. Xanaxcan effect memory, judgment, and coordination. We have two great options for the 9 panel drug screen. We can test your son’s hair and urine. The results for the hair test and urine test will be a good indication of what drugs he uses habitually and what drugs he has recently abused. For the hair test your son will need at least two inches of head hair. For more information on how we can assist your son give us a call. We have several location in the Clearwater area.