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Siksika Members take a voluntary Drug Test.

Robyn Ainsworth - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Siksika council members take voluntary drug test as pushback against rising crime and drug use


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Reuben Breaker, Siksika Band Councillor and Chair of the Crime Prevention Task Force gets a drug test from Robyn Ainsworth from Dynamic Testing Solutions as part of the Siksika Nation council voluntary drug testing initiative to deter drug use in the community on Monday April 24, 2017. DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Postmedia Network

SIKSIKA - Rising concerns about overdoses, drug trafficking and gun violence in Siksika Nation has band councillors taking a different approach to tackling crime in the community.

Siksika Nation councillor Eldon Weasel Child was one of 12 band council members, along with the chief, who took a voluntary urine and breathalyzer test Monday afternoon to communicate responsible leadership to the Siksika community, which council members say is suffering from a crystal meth crisis.

"It was a concern every person in the room had no trouble supporting," Weasel Child said. "We can talk all we want, but a good way to lead the people is to lead by example."

Siksika Nation member Lydia Brass said  "it's about time" council took action against what she's sees as a serious problem amongst youth on the reserve.

"I grew up in a strict household, we never had these problems growing up," Brass said. "These kids are getting involved with drugs and alcohol, and it's ruining their lives."

Rhianna Many Heads said she sees teens at young as 12 doing drugs, adding that she's glad leaders in the community are trying more active methods to deter crime and drug trafficking in the area.

"I see kids so young taking drugs and it changes them - I can see it in their eyes," she said. "I think it's good they're doing this because there is a problem with drugs here. So many people do it."

Earlier this month, council members created a Siksika Crime Prevention Task Force after hearing numerous complaints from Nation members who said they feel unsafe living in an area where drug trafficking, gun violence and abuse seem to run rampant.

"It's slowly gotten to this point," said Coun. Reuben Breaker. "We've had consultation with the community about what we should do about drug dealers and crime prevention. We're trying to set an example by doing this."

 

Breaker added that council is in discussions about consequences as serious as eviction or banishment from Siksika if sufficient evidence of drug use or crimes are committed by a Nation member, but the logistics around the idea haven't yet been ironed out.

The chief and all 12 council members completed the voluntary drug test Monday afternoon with the hopes that youth and those suffering from addiction in the community will follow suit. 


Nicotine Testing

Robyn Ainsworth - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Nicotine Testing

How Long Does Nicotine Stay In Your System?

When you smoke, nicotine is processed by your body and it will get rid of the substance over time. It is estimated that about 80 percent of the nicotine that you inhale is converted to cotinine in the liver. In the lungs, nicotine is metabolized into cotinine and nicotine oxide, these are then excreted in the urine.

The length of time that nicotine stays in your body for will depend on three factors: the amount you smoke, the number of years that you have been smoking for, and the type of nicotine test that is performed.

If the nicotine test is a urine test, you should be clean within 2-4 days of your last smoke. For heavy smokers, it might take a week (and possibly longer) for the cotinine traces to leave your urine or remain so small that they are undetectable.

Cotinine is detectable in blood for at least several days after exposure to tobacco smoke. Depending on how much you smoke, the level of cotinine in your blood will reflect a nonsmoker level in 7 to 10 days.

The nicotine test that offers the longest detection window is a hair follicle nicotine test. These are rarely administered due to their expense, but they do exist. Nicotine can be detected for months after smoking cessation in the hair.

We test for Cotinine in both the urine and hair, please call our office for a quote.

What is Dabbing or Shatter?

Robyn Ainsworth - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Is Dabbing Good for You?


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Traditional consumption of marijuana has typically been via hand-rolled cigarettes, water pipes, emptied cigars and edible products. However, a new way to administer marijuana has emerged called dabbing. Since some myths and misconceptions have emerged about dabbing, it's important to know the facts, pros, and cons. Whether you are just curious about dabbing or interested in its use for medical administration, here are the basics of what dabbing is.

The Basics of Dabbing

To dab means to consume highly concentrated marijuana in a vaporized form from cannabis oil, a wax-like oil extracted from marijuana plants using butane. By inhaling the vapors in this concentrated form, users receive stronger and faster effects from the marijuana. A blowtorch is used to preheat the surface, often referred to as a nail, which is commonly made of glass or titanium materials. Once that nail is heated, users dab the concentrated wax onto the surface and inhale the rising vapor. Another practice similar to dabbing involves putting hash oil in a vape device or e-cigarette. Users can also use modified water pipes to smoke the dab.

Dabbing Statistics

"We have been seeing an emergence of dabs over the last three years," said John Stogner, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, who co-authored a paper on the subject. He added, "At a minimum, dabs are four times as strong as a joint, and the high is administered all at once."

Most marijuana joints have about 15 percent THC, while most hash oils have a concentration of 60 to 90 percent. In November 2014, the Los Angeles Division of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reported 49 explosions related to marijuana administration processes like dabbing.

Pros of Dabbing

Proponents of dabbing tout the process for its quick results and its pure, highly concentrated end product. Dabbing reduces the risk of lung damage associated with traditional smoking. Also, dabbing can be an efficient means of delivering relief for pain and serious chronic medical conditions. Certain methods of dabbing do not emit a marijuana odor, unlike smoking, which emits a strong smell; this mostly odorless result is a benefit for users who value discretion.

Cons of Dabbing

If the oil used in dabbing is not produced with very high standards, there can be high levels of butane which can be damaging. Some people are allergic to butane and other toxins contained in hash oil. Others experience side effects from dabbing, including rapid heartbeat, loss of consciousness, tingling skin sensations, paranoia and hallucinations. Dabbing is generally a more expensive way to use marijuana, as users need to make investments for a blowtorch, heating element, other equipment and the premium oil product. Dabbing is not recommended for people who need a high CBD product because most 'wax' products created for the process are high in THC.

How Shatter, Wax and Dabs Are Made

To make a dab, producers pour butane over marijuana to separate the THC from the plant and dissolve it into the butane. Then users must press the THC solution through a filter and place it in a dish. The resulting product is thick, gummy and very high in THC. The sticky oils are often referred to as wax, shatter and budder. After extracting the THC, the concentrate must be purged of solvents left behind.

Dabs can be made with extraction methods involving carbon dioxide and ice water alternatives as well. For example, carbon dioxide can be used as a solvent in place of butane. Experts have shown that making dabs with carbon dioxide is much healthier to make dabs, shatter, and wax. Similarly, ice-water extraction is much safer and healthier than using butane to make dabs, though they are far less common.

Potential Benefits of Dabbing Medical Marijuana

Dabbing has the potential to provide immediate relief for medical marijuana users suffering from chronic pain and other serious conditions. Other forms of use take longer to have an effect in the human body.

People who are concerned about the effects of dabbing often cite the real possibility of overdosing on marijuana, becoming addicted to marijuana and experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms. However, these issues are a lesser cause of concern for medical marijuana users. Medical marijuana is typically prescribed in exact doses by an experienced medical professional, so the risk of overdose and addiction are less likely. If regulated and medically administered, wax can be extracted in a pure form and with a reduced risk of unwanted additives.

Potential Downsides of Dabbing Medical Marijuana

However, there are some potential negative effects that can result from dabbing medical marijuana. One issue is building up a tolerance to the components. Due to the high concentration of THC in a dab, a user's body will become used to that level of THC and require it again to get a similar feeling of relief. Therefore, it has been recommended that dabbing should not be used for people who take cannabis on an infrequent basis. Also, it is easier for people to over consume THC by dabbing because of the high concentrations being delivered quickly.

Social Popularity and Medical Administration

Dabbing is not a new practice, and in fact, it's been around since the 1970s. Many experts attribute its growing popularity to the commercial production and development of legal medical marijuana and marijuana legalization in some states. In these states, users can often buy hash oil extracts.

At this point, not enough conclusive studies have been conducted about the risks and benefits of dabbing for medical administration. Medical marijuana users should consult with their doctors before dabbling in dabbing.

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Exposure in Children

Robyn Ainsworth - Friday, May 06, 2016

We Now Have Urine Fentanyl Screening Kits.

Robyn Ainsworth - Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Parenting power: Teaching our kids about fentanyl isn't hard, but it needs to be done

Teaching our kids about fentanyl is crucial. 

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While many of us have been hearing about Alberta’s problem with the drug fentanyl for a while now, the message doesn’t seem to be going away. The Herald has reported extensively on the problem.

Perhaps, as a parent, you are not overly concerned about this problem. It’s pretty easy to say, “My kids aren’t the kind of kids who would take this drug.” You may well be right, and we hope that you are.

While it is easy to dismiss the whole thing as someone else’s problem, it’s important that we don’t put our heads down into the sand and forget about the whole thing.

Parenting is teaching our kids about drugs.

Alberta Health Services says,

“You start teaching kids about drugs earlier than you think you do. A drug is any substance, other than food, that changes the way the body and mind function. You teach a child about drugs when you tell them not to touch, taste or play with some common household products, and when you tell them not to touch drugs that adults use (coffee, tea, cigarettes, alcohol, medicine). When you use these drugs in a responsible way, you are teaching kids how drugs should be used.”

We are aware that just last weekend, a full plastic bag of Fentanyl pills (about $80,000 – $100,000 worth) was discovered in a hedge in the neighbourhood of Garrison Woods. Thankfully, they were not found by curious kids who might have wanted to try this “candy,” nor by older kids who may well have known what the substance was and wanted to experiment.

We encourage all families to talk with your kids in an age appropriate manner about not consuming pills/candies when they don’t know what they are, and to bring them home to Mom and/or Dad when they do find things like this.

As Staff Sgt. Schiavetta mentions in this article in the Globe and Mail,

“This is absolutely the worst drug I’ve ever seen because of how toxic it is. The equivalent of two grains of sand will kill you, quickly.”

To clarify — if a pill contains two grains of fentanyl instead of one, it is lethal to adults. The people making this drug are not doing it with care as is shown by the rise in deaths from this drug.

Our goal is not to create fear here. Our goal is to encourage all parents to use their power — the power of language and guidance, to make sure that their children are aware of the dangers involved, and know how to say “NO!” to these drugs and “YES!” to their continued health.

It’s not hard to do. It just takes a moment.

Steriod Testing Is Now Available

Robyn Ainsworth - Thursday, March 19, 2015

Steroid Testing

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What are anabolic steroids?

Androgenic-anabolic steroids (AAS) are a class of steroid hormones with dual pharmacological actions: androgenic (promote development of male sexual characteristics) and anabolic (increase nitrogen retention, protein synthesis, and muscle growth in the body). Testosterone, the principal endogenous AAS, is produced in the testes by males and in the adrenal glands by both males and females. Synthetic AAS are the chemical alterations of testosterone. They are designed to slow down metabolism in the body, enhance or reduce either anabolic or androgenic properties relative to testosterone, improve bioavailability and prolong the action of the drug. AAS have limited medical use, but are abused as performance enhancing drugs in sports and more recently in some professional areas, where strong muscular appearance is important. In the general population, especially among adolescents and young adults, AAS are abused as a cosmetic tool helping to create attractive muscular bodies and to improve the physique. AAS have been classified as Schedule III Controlled Substances in the United States since 1991. Side effects include suppression of endogenous hormone production, gynecomastia (female type breast growth in males), acne, liver toxicity, mood swings, aggression, infertility and masculinization in females: deepening of the voice, male type hair growth.

What are prohormones and designer steroids?

The number of available prescription anabolic steroids has not changed since the late 1960’s. However, since 1997 many new AAS have been released into circulation as nutritional supplements. They are commonly known as prohormones and designer steroids. The term Prohormone has been used during the last decade to designate a substance (dietary supplement), which readily converts in the body into an illegal anabolic steroid. The most common prohormones are precursors of such anabolic steroids as testosterone, nandrolone (19-nortestosterone) and boldenone (1-dehydrotestosterone). These prohormones are now specifically banned and are included as an amendment to the Controlled Substances Act of January 2005. More recent generations of anabolic dietary supplements feature synthetic designer anabolic steroids. Most of them were developed and studied more than 40 years ago, but have never been approved or marketed as legitimate drugs. As such, they have not been specifically listed as Controlled Substances. Legislation is catching up with these designer steroids as well.

How long can steroids be detected in urine?

Detection time may vary from a few days (short-term pill) to as long as 12-18 months (oil-based injection), depending on the pharmacological form used, route of administration, length of usage and quantity. Individual differences may also contribute to the duration of the drug in the body. Test results cannot show when the drug was used, i.e. how long before the urine was collected.

What are diuretics?

Diuretics elevate the rate of bodily urine excretion (diuresis). All diuretics increase the excretion of water from the body, although each class of diuretics does so in a distinct way employing different mechanisms of action. Use of diuretics is prohibited in sports. Increased urine flow would reduce concentrations of banned performance enhancing substances in urine such as anabolic steroids, thus complicating their detection in doping control (masking). In sports where weight categories are involved diuretics are abused as weight reducing agents. Diuretic abuse in sports is unethical and dangerous for athlete health (dehydration). Diuretic testing is a part of routine doping control in sports.

What are stimulants?

Stimulants are psychoactive drugs that induce temporary improvements in mental and/or physical function. The effects of stimulants include enhanced alertness, wakefulness, endurance, productivity and motivation; increased arousal, locomotion, heart rate/blood pressure; and a perception of a diminished requirement for food and sleep. Stimulants include the following: amphetamine, methamphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy (MDMA), which are classified as drugs of abuse in the US; ephedrine and its derivatives, which can be found in many cold medications; and many other prescription drugs and illicit substances used worldwide. Stimulant abuse can lead to addiction and is eventually destructive to human health.


Hair Drug Testing - How Drugs and Alcohol are Incorporated in Hair

Sarah Atkinson - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Recently, hair testing has come to be seen as a powerful tool for the detection of drug and alcohol abuse. Hair provides a long-term history of drug and alcohol abuse by trapping biomarkers in the fibers of the growing hair strand. When collected close to the scalp, hair can provide up to a 3 month history of alcohol and drug abuse. Drug and alcohol biomarkers can appear in scalp hair 1-7 days after the last use. Hair offers a sample that is simple to collect and difficult to adulterate. With 200 strands of hair (about the size of a #2 pencil) the length of 1.5" collected closest to the scalp will give the ideal sample for screening and confirmation. If head hair is not available, fingernails can be collected from all 10 fingers at the length of approx. 2mm (the width of a quarter) and have a detection window of approx. 3 - 6 months. 

Hair alcohol test measures average alcohol consumption over a period of approximately three months. This indicates the level of alcohol use during that time period and can provide a behavioral indication of excessive use. The hair test measures Ethyl Glucuronide (EtG), which is a trace metabolite of ethanol and is considered a direct alcohol biomarker. This test is used to provide answers about alcohol abuse and give an indicator of those dependent on alcohol.


Self Check at Home Drug Test Kit

Robyn Ainsworth - Friday, December 12, 2014

Self-Check at home drug test kit.

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Our at home drug test kits are a Health Canada Approved class 3 kit. It is a rapid, qualitative immunoassay for the detection of up to 12 drugs. The kits are all calibrated to SAMSHA cut-off levels. Simply collect a urine specimen in the cup, remove the privacy label, and read the results in 5 minutes.

This easy to use, at home device combines a collection cup and testing device that delivers instant, accurate results. The self-contained urinalysis screening cup detects the presence of drug metabolites in minutes.

5 Panel Drug Test Cup-  $22.00           

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7 Panel Drug Test Cup- $27.50

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12 Panel Drug Test Cup- $35.00

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GHB Test Strip- $35.00

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Please see our GHB drug testing page for more in depth information on GHB tests.  

This at home testing product cannot be used to replace professional testing. This test is not valid for any workplace testing or legal testing. If you require either of these tests or for more in-depth analysis please contact Dynamic Testing Solutions Ltd. for a professional consultation.

Alcohol Testing - What is Ethyl Glucuronide

Sarah Atkinson - Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hair and Nail Alcohol Testing

Hair alcohol testing measures average alcohol consumption over a period of approximately three months. This indicates the level of alcohol use during that time period and can provide a behavioral indication of excessive use. The hair test measures Ethyl Glucuronide (EtG), which is a trace metabolite of ethanol and is considered a direct alcohol biomarker. This test is used to provide answers about alcohol abuse and give an indicator of those dependent on alcohol. Fingernails are made up of keratin, the same material that hair is made of. As the nail grows, substances can pass from the blood vessels below the nail into the keratin fibers where they become trapped. Fingernails are four times thicker than the typical strand of hair and often capture more of a substance than hair can. Biomarkers become locked in keratin fibers along the entire length of the nail, and can be detected up to 3-6 months after drug or alcohol abuse. 



Ethanol is metabolized in the liver to produce EtG only when ethanol is in the body. Once t has been produced, EtG can be trapped and accumulated in the keratin fibers in the hair and fingernails. An EtG test in the hair and nails typically provides information on alcohol misuse over the past 3 months. Cutoff levels are set for EtG testing to eliminate the possibility of a positive results from accidental exposure such as use of mouthwash or ethanol based hand sanitizer.

Direct Alcohol Biomarkers

For hair and nail alcohol testing direct alcohol biomarkers EtG (ethyl Glucuronide) and PEth (phosphatidylethanol) are used when testing for alcohol use and alcohol abuse. Direct biomarkers are created when ethanol (ethyl alcohol) enters the body. Indirect biomarkers measure the effects of ethanol use on the health of the body. Even when ethanol is not present, indirect biomarkers may be formed. Unlike direct biomarkers, indirect biomarkers can be caused by factors such as hepatitis, liver disease, and other health issues. Whereas direct ethanol biomarkers can only produce positive results when ethanol is involved. This is why we use Direct Alcohol Biomarkers when testing for alcohol in the hair and nails. 




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