Two new tests have been developed, and launched by the United States Drug Testing Laboratories (USDTL) on January 7, 2011 that monitor long-term alcohol exposure using hair, and fingernail samples.
These tests are the first to reliably indicate a donor’s alcohol exposure for the past 90 days.
“The NailStat and HairStat® EtG tests measure ethyl glucuronide (EtG) in fingernails and hair samples,” reports newswise.com. A product of alcohol metabolism, Etg is the biomarker identified in the test that would indicate positive results.
The study leading to the development, and launch of these tests was sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, (NIAAA). The study involved 600 college students, and demonstrated that levels of EtG in hair and nails were closely matched to the reported number of drinks they consumed.
NIAAA has been chasing after a reliable test that objectively measures alcohol exposure, and make it available to businesses, researchers, clinicians, and the courts says newswise.com. The test is also meant for practioners for diagnostic purposes when alcohol could be lending a nefarious hand in a health condition.
These tests should be particularly appealing to the already overloaded criminal justice system for monitoring drunk drivers in diversion programs, drug courts, probation, and parole offices for offenders, and other supervisory agencies that monitor drug use activity. More people may be returning to prison, or sent to treatment weeks “after the fact” and contesting the results a nightmare for donors.
For more information on these tests contact: email@example.com, or visit the USDTL website here.
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