San Diego (Vocus) June 30, 2009
A new home-based hair follicle drug test kit called HairConfirm™ Prescription can detect drug and prescription use as well as usage frequency for up to 90 days, equipping parents with a valuable new tool for combating substance abuse. Developed by Biotech Company Confirm BioSciences, and now available in the UK, the test overcomes the limitations of two- or three-day saliva or urine screenings that enable users to escape detection by avoiding drug use for a short period. It is also the first home hair test to report the amount of each chemical detected as well as whether the results indicate low, medium or high usage.
“I can tell you first hand how easy it is for families to dismiss the visible signs of drug abuse in a loved one,” said Leigh Lehmann, a HairConfirm customer who purchased the kit for a family member. “But numbers don’t lie, and the detailed information provided by this product will help bring people together to deal with it. I wish I had done this years ago!”
HairConfirm Prescription is the first of its kind, and tests for 12 different types of illegal and prescription drugs The product measures the molecules embedded inside the hair shaft, eliminating external contamination as a source of a positive result. Since hair growth is fed by the bloodstream, the ingestion of drugs of abuse is revealed by analyzing a lock of hair. HairConfirm test results cannot be altered with shampoos, bleaches or other external chemicals.
The advantages of HairConfirm over urine-based, at-home drug testing kits include:
An estimated 20 percent of people in the United States have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The association also noted that abusing medicines such as narcotic painkillers, sedatives, tranquilizers and stimulants can lead to addiction.
Abuse of prescription drugs to get high has become increasingly prevalent among teens and young adults according to the National Drug Policy. The organization also reports that Pain relievers such as OxyContin and Vicodin are the most commonly abused prescription drugs by teens. Past year abuse of prescription pain killers abuse now ranks second—only behind marijuana—as the Nation's most prevalent illegal drug problem
Two-thirds of parents would ask their teenage son or daughter to take a home drug test as a means of keeping them away from drugs, according to a 2006 survey of 2,064 parents around the country by Washington, D.C.,-based opinion research and polling organization RT Strategies
“HairConfirm is designed to help parents take a proactive role in preventing their children’s illegal and prescription drug use,” said Zeynep Ilgaz, CEO of Confirm BioSciences. “Talking with your child about drugs and taking preventive measures like hair drug testing can be a significant factor in preventing substance abuse.”
Teens Today research from SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Liberty Mutual Group has suggested that parents are the number one deterrent to a teen's decision to use drugs and prescription drugs. Studies by that group have shown that the average age of first drug use is 13; more than one-third of teens have used drugs, including almost one in six middle school students and 30% of their high school counterparts reporting marijuana use; and 13% of high school students report using drugs such as cocaine, crack or ecstasy.
"We strongly believe that protection and prevention is critical to a healthy household and work environment. This is why HairConfirm is an important tool to prevent drug abuse for parents and employers alike. The days of complicated and inaccurate drug tests are over with the launch of HairConfirm” said Chester Ku-Lea President of Astro Supplements, a UK distributor.
Hair follicle drug testing is a highly trusted method of drug detection that is regularly used by employers and law enforcement agencies because of its accuracy, long window of detection, and resistance to tampering. In two independent studies, hair drug testing uncovered five to ten times more drug users than urinalysis. Urinalysis also carries the risk of substitution of a sample, dilution and addition of a foreign substance designed to skew the results.
HairConfirm Prescription is now available in the UK at Astro Supplements (http://astrosupplements.com) and at BNM Research. The kit costs $89.99, including a collection kit, prepaid return envelope, lab fee, report and free counseling hotline.
About Confirm BioSciences
Confirm BioSciences is a provider of diagnostic health and test kits for drug testing, laboratory urinalysis and other services. The company is privately held and based in San Diego. For more information, visit http://www.confirmbiosciences.com
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