Trimega Tests First Brazilian Military Police Hair Samples for Drugs

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Trimega Laboratories has received its first batch of 350 hair samples from the Brazilian military police for testing for evidence of drug use.

Trimega’s work
for the Brazilian police force is a great example of an entrepreneurial, world-class

Trimega Laboratories, one of the world’s leading companies for testing hair for substance abuse, has received its first batch of 350 hair samples from the Brazilian military police, for testing for evidence of drug use. The hair samples come from applicants to the police force, and Trimega will test them at its laboratory in Manchester.

In June, Trimega announced that it would work with the Brazilian military police force to review hair samples for a comprehensive range of drugs including amphetamines, crack, cocaine, cannabis and other opiates, and that it would open a Brazilian "Super Laboratory" for hair drug and alcohol testing in the next 18 months. That month, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg highlighted Trimega Laboratories’ investment in Brazil during a keynote speech in Brasilia during the UK trade delegation’s visit to the country.

Avi Lasarow, CEO of Trimega, said: “We are excited to receive the first set of hair samples from Brazil and look forward to providing the findings of our analysis to Policia Militar Amazonas. This will be very useful information that the police force can use to enhance the quality and reputation of its service. We look forward to receiving and analysing further samples in Brazil and to opening Brazil’s first superlab for drug and alcohol testing.”

Graham Stringer MP for Blackley and Broughton, Manchester, said: “Trimega’s work for the Brazilian police force is a great example of an entrepreneurial, world-class company from Manchester using cutting-edge forensic technology to make a real difference on the global stage.”

Tim Newns, Chief Executive at Manchester's investment agency MIDAS, said: "Trimega is recognised globally for its market-leading services, and this international success is testament both to the firm's innovative technology and to its spirit of enterprise. Trimega is an important part of Manchester's world-class scientific community and this represents excellent news for the city region and beyond. We look forward to Trimega's continued growth and the international focus that this helps bring to the city."

Currently, Trimega is testing hair samples of military police in Brazil through its partnership with Laboratório Sodré of São Paulo and aims to bring on other forces within the country later this year.

The announcement follows Trimega’s recent news about its implementation of the world’s first commercial project to diagnose and analyse Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) in newborn babies, in Cape Town, South Africa.

Hair drug testing is a revolutionary method of testing for drugs using hair strands. It not only determines the presence of an illegal substance, but can also provide an accurate historical record of substance misuse. This helps in differentiating between a one-off user and a chronic substance abuser. Hair drug testing provides a picture of usage of the previous 12 months, depending on the type and length of hair of the donor. More traditional forms of testing, such as analysis of urine and blood, can provide a record of consumption of only the previous three days and four to six weeks, respectively.


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