Archive for April, 2010

Team ExperTox and March for Babies

Team ExperTox participated in the March of Dimes’ March for Babies on April 25 at the University of Houston campus in Houston.  Join us on our walk and learn why support of this cause is so important.


How To Collect a Hair Specimen for a Hair Drug Test

People are surprised when they have their first hair drug test.  They are unsure of the procedure and are surprised by the amount of hair that must be collected.  To complete both a drug screen and a confirmation on a presumptive positive screen result, we need a hair sample that is approximately the width of a Sharpie marker.  Lengthwise, 1/2″ of hair equals 30 days.  A common hair test is for 90 days, so the hair must be at least 1 1/2″ in length.  ExperTox can test for longer periods of time – it all depends on the length of the Donor’s hair.

We decided to show you how it is done so there will be no surprises if you must have this type of test completed.  Check out our own Lou Ann Enis, Registered Nurse and Occupational Health Supervisor, as she walks us through the steps.

Let us know if you have any questions or comments!

How Concerned Are You About Purchasing or Renting a Former Meth Lab?

With the new season of “Breaking Bad” that started in March, there seems to be a lot of discussion regarding former methamphetamine labs that are set up in apartments and houses. The Drug Enforcement Agency has seized a number of these meth labs, and has listed the addresses of these houses on their  National Clandestine Laboratory Register. However, we have received a few inquiries from individuals that are concerned they may have purchased a former “kitchen”. If the DEA is seizing these facilities, why are they worried?

Unlike many other drugs, the production of methamphetamine is extremely toxic, and its byproducts linger, either as waste or residue on the property for a long time, depending on the types of chemicals used, their concentration, quantity and the length of time they were “cooking”. A homeowner or lessor may not understand the environmental impact or toxic effects of these labs, and may choose to remove all equipment and chemicals without notifying law enforcement, then just ventilate the residence and complete standard repairs such as carpet replacement and painting. Residues linger in air vents, HVAC systems, drywall and even concrete.

Here’s an interesting fact gathered from the The Partnership For Drug-Free America website – one (1) pound of methamphetamine produces 5 to 6 pounds of toxic waste, oftentimes poured down the drain or directly into the ground. If proper toxic cleanup does not occur, future residents may suffer from a wide array of symptoms, including a lingering cough and chest pain, headaches, nausea, fatigue, dizziness and decreased motor skills. The long-term effects may include cancer, organ damage and birth defects.

The fact is, meth production in the U.S. is small potatoes compared to the international super labs; however, “mom and pop” shops do exist, in all economic levels. Meth houses have been found in trailers, as well as expensive homes. So, are average home buyers really concerned? If so, what steps are you taking to avoid purchasing a former meth house? If not, why?

We appreciate your input and look forward to learning from you.

Breastfeeding? Milk Screen™ may be the test for you.

Welcome our guest blogger this week, Julie Juminillo, Founder and Chief Product Officer with UpSpring Baby.  UpSpring Baby’s Milk Screen™ , a home test for alcohol in breast milk gives mothers that are breastfeeding peace of mind, while giving them the freedom to have occasional drink to celebrate, enjoy during dinner, or on girls night out.  Now moms have a way to ensure their breast milk is safe for their child, even if they have one or two drinks.  Watch this amazing video to learn more in celebration of Alcohol Awareness Month:

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