Scientific Terms Used in Drug and Alcohol Testing for Family Courts
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by Bryony Pyves
3w ago
Explanation of Key Phrases Used in Drug and Alcohol Testing: The world of drug and alcohol testing can be quite complex, with numerous terms, acronyms, and phrases. Here we clarify some of the most commonly used terminology, to ensure you have a clear understanding when going through our medical reports. Detection Window The detection window refers to a period that a drug or alcohol marker may be identified by a test after a person has been exposed to it. For instance, hair testing can detect and measure alcohol markers for up to six months. Drugs can be detected for up to twelve months, but m ..read more
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Convenient CPD Events For Drug and Alcohol Testing
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by Bryony Pyves
3w ago
Would you like to Enhance your Firm’s Knowledge of Drug and Alcohol Testing in The Family Court? Calling all family law solicitors! If you want to enhance your skills in handling drug and alcohol cases, join us for special CPD-accredited events tailored to you. Atkinson Lewis will come to you and provide invaluable training on Drug and Alcohol testing for your Family Court Cases. Meet the Speaker: Dr Catherine Pyves As Medical Director at Atkinson Lewis, Dr. Pyves oversees the recommendations made in all our drug and alcohol cases. Through medical interpretation or psychiatric assessment, she ..read more
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The Expert Services of Atkinson Lewis: Your Trusted Partner in The Family Court
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by Bryony Pyves
1M ago
Comprehensive Services for Family Court Cases Atkinson Lewis excels in providing specialized forensic analysis services tailored for Family Court needs. Our offerings are designed to deliver precise, dependable, and thorough insights to aid in child custody cases, paternity disputes, and other family-related legal matters. Here’s a detailed look at some of the main services we provide: How hair drug testing can identify recreational vs dependent misuse Hair Drug Testing for The Family court Fluids like saliva and urine provide recent data, useful for weekly monitoring of a parent. However, onl ..read more
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Simplifying Sample Collection for Drug and Alcohol Testing
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by Bryony Pyves
3M ago
The Atkinson Lewis Sample Collection Process In the intricate landscape of drug and alcohol testing, the individuals responsible for sample collection serve as the cornerstone of the process. At Atkinson Lewis, we hold our sample collection team in the highest regard. They are the friendly faces guiding clients through what can be a daunting experience. Our sample collectors are not just skilled professionals in phlebotomy and hair collection. They also work with warmth and empathy. With years of experience under their belts, they possess the unique ability to alleviate any apprehensions clien ..read more
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Unveiling Cocaine Trends: Insights for Family Court Cases and Child Protection
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by Bryony Pyves
3M ago
Cocaine – Implications for Family Court and Child Safety The UK is facing a troubling reality. It is “fast becoming the largest consumer of cocaine in Europe,” something previously highlighted by former UK Security Minister, Ben Wallace and backed up by a recent report into global cocaine use. With this surge in demand, the pressing question arises: are suppliers adulterating cocaine more than ever before, and if so, with what? In this article, we delve into the realm of cocaine cutting by examining trends in recently seized cocaine samples. We aim to shed light on this saturated market, espec ..read more
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Can CBD be Detected in Drug Tests?
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by Copper Bay Digital
4M ago
Does CBD Oil Show up on a drug test? In the complex landscape of CBD oil, its classification as a medicinal product in 2016 by the MHRA stirred the pot of controversy. While many champion its purported benefits, concerns persist, questioning whether the legalization of CBD oil is a slippery slope toward accepting more potent substances like THC. Unintentionally, this debate has cast an unexpected shadow over the Family Court system, where CBD oil finds itself unwittingly entangled in the web of drug test defences. Drug Testing and Medical Cannabis Prescriptions Unravelling the Misconceptions ..read more
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Navigating Medical Cannabis Prescriptions: What You Need to Know
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by Bryony Pyves
6M ago
Drug Testing and Medical Cannabis Prescriptions Medical cannabis has gained significant attention in recent years. Natural cannabis contains about 65 known cannabinoid constituents. THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive constituent associated with dependency, anxiety, and paranoia. How far back does a hair drug test go? The Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) classifies cannabis containing THC as a Class B illegal drug. However, a significant shift regarding medical cannabis containing high levels of THC occurred in the UK on 1 November 2018. High-THC ..read more
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Hair Strand Testing for Substance Misuse in Child Custody Cases
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by Bryony Pyves
7M ago
Hair Strand Testing in Family Law Cases In family law cases, accurate and timely testing is vital, especially concerning substance misuse issues involving one or both parents. Understanding the extent and pattern of drug or alcohol misuse is crucial in assessing risks to dependents. Hair strand testing is the gold standard forensic test to help identify a history of substance abuse. It relies on the fact that head hair grows about 1 cm per month, enabling the assessment of drug or alcohol use over a specific period based on the length of hair selected. Drug Hair Testing: For drug testing, two ..read more
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The Crucial Role of Medical Interpretation in Drug and Alcohol Testing for Child Custody Cases
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by Bryony Pyves
7M ago
Medical Interpretation’s Vital Role in Child Custody Substance Testing In the difficult realm of custody where disputes are complicated by substance misuse concerns, the Atkinson Lewis Medical Interpretation of Forensic Analysis (MIFA) provides a crucial tool, providing clarity and insight. From the initial collection of hair and blood samples, the meticulous lab analysis  of these and through to expert medical report, the MIFA offers a structured and comprehensive approach that aids understanding in these critical cases. Unveiling the Atkinson Lewis MIFA: At the core of both public and p ..read more
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FAQs about Drug and Alcohol Testing in Family Law Cases
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by Bryony Pyves
8M ago
Understanding Drug and Alcohol Testing in Family Law Cases In family law proceedings, ensuring the safety and well-being of children takes precedence. One critical aspect involves evaluating potential substance misuse by parents or caregivers. Court-ordered drug and alcohol testing plays a pivotal role in assessing these circumstances, and guiding decisions concerning child custody and safeguarding. Why is Drug Testing Ordered in Child Custody Cases? Court-ordered drug tests are often requested to evaluate potential substance misuse and ensure a child’s safety. This assessment aims to determin ..read more
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