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What types of testing do we do?

  • DNA Paternity Testing

  • Hair Drug Testing

  • Urine Drug Testing

DNA Paternity Testing

The often-delicate question of paternity can be answered quickly and accurately through our testing facility. Using buccal swab samples sent to one of our partner laboratories, paternity can be identified with 99.99% certainty. Sample collection is quick and painless, and all participants need not be present at the same time.

Through DNA analysis, paternal identification can be firmly established even if there are two or more suspected fathers who are closely related. However, if this is the case, we must notify the laboratory in advance, as additional testing must be performed.

We are aware of the difficult emotional issues which often surround paternity testing, and we go to great lengths to ensure that all participants in the process are treated with respect and care.

Our partner laboratories are AABB approved, and the buccal swab DNA collection technique used at our clinic is as accurate as DNA tests using blood samples.

If you would like more information regarding our DNA testing, please call us at 860-567-5727, or send an email to alj@averyjenkins.com.

Hair Drug Testing

Hair testing is the most accurate and effective method of detecting the presence of drugs of abuse. Using a small sample of hair cut at the scalp, hair analysis evaluates the amount of drug metabolites embedded inside the hair shaft.

The primary advantage of hair testing is the more extended history of drug use it provides in comparison to standard urine tests. A urine sample provides only a 2-3 day history of drug use, except for marijuana which may be detected for a slightly longer period of time. After the 2-3 day period, a urine donor will test negative and slip through the screening process.

Using hair samples, the only time limitation for detecting drug usage is imposed by the length of the donor’s hair. Each ½ inch of head hair provides a 30-day history of drug use. The standard for the industry is to test 1.5 inches, which provides a 90-day history of the donor’s drug use. The analysis of such a sample can be segmented into 30, 60, and 90-day periods.

If no head hair is available, body hair can be used. However, it is important to note that body hair cannot be used for a segmented analysis, and may demonstrate drug use as long as 12 months prior to the test.

Bleaches, shampoos and external contaminants (i.e. marijuana smoke) have no known impact on test results.

Our standard hair panel tests for use of the following:

  • Amphetamines (Methamphetamines and Ecstasy)
  • Cocaine (Cocaine, Benzoylecgonine, Cocaethylene, Norcocaine)
  • Opiates (Codeine, Morphine & 6-MAM (Heroin metabolite)
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Marijuana (Carboxy-THC)

For an additional cost, the following opiates can be added to the panel:

  • Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percodan/Percoset)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab/Lorcet)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)

Urine Drug Testing

A growing concern over the use of illicit drugs in the workplace has led to an interest in urinalysis as a way to detect and deter drug use.

Drug testing by urinalysis has beenimplemented for prospective and current employees in industry; for personnel of the armed forces; for parolees and bail seekers in civilian court systems, as well as the participants in family court matters; and for workers in the transportation industry. Two factors have led to the widespread use of urinalysis for drugs: technical developments in testing methods and the growing demand for drug testing. Society is becoming increasingly aware of the impact of drug use on public safety and of the financial impact on industry of lost time and productivity.

The annual loss of productivity of employees has been estimated at $100 billion for alcohol and drug abuse, a third of which is due to drug abuse alone. Drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace is amenable to carefully planned prevention programs, however, and urine drug detection provides a powerful tool for use in such programs. Preemployment urine screening is now common among “Fortune 500” companies and in several Federal agencies.

At the Center, we have brought the cost and convenience of physician-supervised drug testing to levels where smaller companies and individuals can afford these drug tests.

We offer urine drug testing for the following drugs:

  • Alcohol
  • Amphetamine
  • Barbituate
  • Benzodiazapines
  • Cocaine
  • Methadone
  • MD-Methamphetamine
  • Metamphetamine
  • Opiates
  • Phencyclidine
  • Marijuana

Samples are collected at the time of visit, and first subjected to tests designed to uncover adulterants or other methods of falsifying test results. If any tests are positive, the client (or court or client’s attorney) has the option of requesting a second verification by laboratory test for an additional fee.

All results from the drug test are provided to the client and/or his authorized representatives within 30 minutes of test administration.

We offer same-day appointments and can accept walk-ins during normal office hours. The Center is open evenings several nights during the week, and Saturday drug testing appointments may be arranged through prior appointment.