- Hair test: A hair test can extend the results back for 90 days. Hair grows about 1/2 inch per 30 days. So, 1.5 inches can test your hair for about 90 days.
- Fingernail test: Fingernails give results for up to six months.
- Urine test: A urine test may only give you results for the last few days, or up to one week.
The DOJ investigation gathered information about court testimony, given by Averhealth’s former lab director Sarah Riley in 2021, that up to 30 percent of the results reported to the state of Michigan’s child welfare agency were wrong, both false positives or false negatives. As VICE News previously reported, Riley testified Averhealth was botching the quality controls that ensure lab instruments are properly calibrated. The company denies those claims.Moshier Law does not cite this claim because we assert an opinion about Averhealth or its results. Moshier Law cites this opinion because Moshier Law believes DCS Arizona is capable of sending parents to a laboratory knowing that the parents’ results could be wrong. DCS Arizona zealously advocates to sever parents’ rights. What if you are on medication? If you are on medication for ADHD, could your test result in positive for methamphetamine use? Obtain written copies of all prescriptions for any laboratories. It is not enough to bring the bottle of prescription pills. You will want to give your drug test provider the actual prescriptions you are taking. If you are doing a drug test with DCS, then you are right to take a more focused look at whether you can trust DCS. The reason you want to question DCS is simple. DCS Arizona successfully severs (terminates) 5 families out of every 100 families it investigates. DCS Arizona has the highest severance rates of any state in the United States. One recent development is that some laboratories used by DCS may use LCMS methods. Other laboratories use GCMS methods. GCMS and LCMS are very important when DCS is evaluating a prescription drug and how it interacts with your test. Some courts have stopped working with companies for fear of inaccurate results on drug testing. For example, Utah courts There are common LCMS problems that make this type of testing less accurate. GCMS testing does not have these problems. GCMS is known among laboratories to achieve greater chromatographic resolution. In chemical analysis, chromatography is a laboratory technique for the separation of a mixture into its components. The “Chromatographic” separation is a physical method of separation. Chromatographic separation distributes components to separate between two phases, one stationary (stationary phase), the other (the mobile phase) moving in a definite direction. However, Chromatographic separation can only be used to identify volatile compounds with a low molecular weight. If your family court case or DCS case require that you present evidence about a laboratory testing method that could lead to inaccurate results, then you may require an expert witness. One thing we suggest is finding the resources to take a same-day test in a different laboratory than the laboratory DCS uses. The laboratory selected as an alternative for a drug testing site should be a laboratory that will use GCMS testing. Your prescriptions – all of them – need to be carried with you in paper form by hand to show the laboratory what prescriptions to account for. You want to test the same day in the same manner to reveal whether the DCS contracted laboratory resulted in a false positive.