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Choosing the Right Drug Test

Robyn Ainsworth - Tuesday, October 28, 2014
  

NEW Service - Ancestral DNA Testing

Sarah Atkinson - Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Dynamic Testing Solutions Ltd. is proud to announce the launch of our 

new service - Ancestral DNA Testing. 


Ancestral DNA Testing

Discovering your ancestry and gaining a glimpse of where you come from is exciting! Our genetic tests will examine all your ancestral lines at once, to tell you which countries and ethnic groups your ancestors came from.  The test confirms any Native American, African, Jewish or Asian ancestry; if you are primarily European, you will also receive your top ten matches from different European countries. This dates back up to 500 years, to give you a picture of where you and your ancestors come from.

Included in your DNA test result package is an 11 page personalized report, including 2 maps and a certificate of testing.

DNA Ancestral Profile $385.00

This includes your DNA profile. 16 markers within your profile are analyzed for comprehensive autosomal ancestry.

European ancestry is also analysed for the top countries or nationalities of Europe where your immigrant ancestors originated.

Megapopulations are also calculated to give you your leading world regions of origin. This is useful to verify Native American Indian, Sub- Saharan African and other ethnic ancestry.

Melungeon Calculation gives you your world population rank match to this historical Appalachian ethnic group.

This test also includes 18 marker ethnic panel calculation. The results include single or double inheritance of Native American Indian, European, African, Asian and Jewish alleles in your DNA Profile.

Additions to the DNA Ancestral Profile

Rare Genes from History $210.00

This addition will identify 26 of the new markers that are rare, and that’s what makes them interesting. These markers can trace you lineage back to King Tut, Helen or the Yellow Emperor; for example. These rare but robust signals of deep history can act as unique touchstones for the surprising stories of individuals and help clarify your DNA Ancestral profile.

Neanderthal Index $120.00

This addition can estimate how much Neanderthal is in your ancestry.  It has been proven that Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals mingled and over time produced children with genes with both lineages.  Today, the biological remnants of that collision between two distinct populations remain alive in the genomes of Europeans and East Asians.

DNA Art $145.00

This is a colorful representation of your DNA in a picture file copyrighted with your name. It’s a fun gift to give any genealogy enthusiast.

Please call our office if you have any questions or looking for a specific test. One of our specialists will be able to assist you.  

All DNA tests take 3-4 weeks to complete.





 

Marijuana Breathalyzer

Robyn Ainsworth - Monday, June 23, 2014

Law Enforcement May Soon Have A New Weapon In The Fight Against Drugged Drivers: Marijuana Breathalyzer

June 19, 2014
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Alan McStravick for redorbit.com – Your Universe online

Stories of a marijuana breathalyzer have existed in the same realm as those pee-pool tablets we all heard about as children but never saw. Oh sure, we had friends whose other friends parents used it in their pool , but for many, it was just the chance that we might create a cloud of color emanating from our trunks that caused us to think more than twice before letting go and letting it flow.

Imagining just the possibility that a marijuana breathalyzer could exist has the same cooling effect on those who might think about drugging and driving. Current methods of detection rely on the collection of saliva, blood or urine. However, due to the long-term nature of marijuana staying in your system, proving an individual was drugged at the time of driving is very hard to prove and therefore conviction rates are staggeringly low.

That could all be about to change.

Kal Malhi, a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) who spent a good deal of his career as a drug enforcement officer has, with the assistance of two physicians, developed the world’s first marijuana breathalyzer that is capable of detecting whether or not an individual ingested cannabis in the two-hours previous to being tested. Malhi calls his new invention the Cannabix Breathalyzer.

Digital Journal reports that Malhi believes if it makes it into the hands of law enforcement it will further dissuade people from driving under the influence of marijuana. Partnering with Dr. Raj Attariwala of Vancouver, British Columbia and Florida physician Dr. Bruce Goldberger, Malhi claims he was inspired to develop the device after coming across a Swedish study about breath testing technology.

Law enforcement has stepped up enforcement of anti-drinking and driving policies across much of North America. As a result, that enforcement, regarded as a potential deterrent, has lowered DWI arrests and convictions in many localities. “People are becoming very afraid to drink and drive nowadays,” Malhi told CTV News, “because they feel that they will get caught and charged. But they’re not afraid to drug and drive because they don’t feel that law enforcement will do anything about it.”

Presenting law enforcement with a tool that could aid in deterrence, Malhi sees his Cannabix device as an invaluable resource in helping to lower the overall numbers of those who choose to get high and then get behind the wheel of an automobile. The Cannabix device, still unpatented, must now be subjected to a battery of field tests to determine its efficacy and its legality as a potential evidence gathering device against defendants. In the meantime, marijuana advocates at NORML have addressed the dearth of scientific evidence supporting the need to step up enforcement of drugged driving arrests and convictions. While they concede there is a brief impairment of psychomotor skills, they contend it is short lived and usually presents itself in slowing the speed of the vehicle and a slightly diminished response time to emergency situations.

In the blog entry on their site they state, “Nevertheless, this impairment does not appear to play a significant role in on-road traffic accidents. A 2002 review of seven separate studies involving 7,934 drivers reported, ‘Crash culpability studies have failed to demonstrate that drivers with cannabinoids in the blood are significantly more likely than drug-free drivers to be culpable in road crashes.’”

On the other side of the argument, the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute highlights some alarming trends about perceptions of relative safety, when compared to alcohol use and driving, with regard to marijuana use by younger people.

Regardless of which side of the fence you are on in this debate, it is important to arm yourself with knowledge presented by both sides in forming your final opinion. While the Cannabix Breathalyzer may or may not be awarded a patent after its field testing, a product will likely be introduced soon to the tool bag used by law enforcement for the detection of recent cannabis use by drivers.


Source: Alan McStravick for redorbit.com - Your Universe online

Read more at http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1113173884/marijuana-breathalyzer-developed-drugged-driving-061914/#S8yDjrqMDPTuIJRu.99

Parents Warned About Home Drug Testing

Robyn Ainsworth - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Parents Warned About Home Drug Testing

There Are Drawbacks Parents Need to Consider

By 

Updated May 14, 2014

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Home drug-testing kits sold on the Internet may make it easy for parents to test their children for illegal substances, but that approach may not be the best idea. There are some possible drawbacks that parents need to consider before deciding to drug-test their kids.

Generally, there are two reasons that parents consider home drug testing: as a preventive measure or as an investigative tool.

Home Drug Testing as a Preventive Measure

If you are considering using home drug testing as a preventive step, you are probably working with the theory that if your children know they are going to be tested on a regular basis, they will be less likely to do drugs.

The problem with that theory is that it is not backed up by any scientific research showing that it works. In fact, some of the few studies that have been conducted on random drug testing of children at school and at home have shown that it does not have any effect on lowering the percentage of drug and alcohol users. Results have been "mixed" at best.

Home Tests Can Be Circumvented

Another problem with the prevention theory is the fact that there is no one drug test that you can give that will test for all of the possible drugs your children might be using. If you are testing for one set of drugs, they could switch to another kind of drug, while your test would show they were not using drugs at all.

Although many of these home tests use methods to test the validity of the sample, there is also the problem that there are ways to potentially cheat on drug tests. We won't list them here for obvious reasons, but if your child is involved in illegal drug use or has access to the internet, he can find them. This may leave you with a false sense of security in thinking your child is not using.

Home Drug Testing as an Investigative Tool

If you are considering using a home drug test for investigative purposes, chances are you have noticed a change in your child's behavior or attitude, and you think it may be due to drug use. You want to use the test to find out if you are right.

The problem with using home drug tests to investigate your children's possible drug use is that home testing alone does not really accomplish much by itself. Even those who advocate the use of drug tests for children at school and home warn that it is important to couple the testing with a complete assessment and treatment plan.

Testing Not a Stand-Alone Response

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug testing should never be done as a stand-alone response to a drug problem. The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP), which does not advocate home drug testing, agrees that adequate resources for assessment and treatment must be available if your children do fail a drug test.

If a child fails a drug test, it should lead to early intervention and treatment, not merely punitive measures alone.

According to the AAP's policy statement on drug-testing children and adolescents, there just might not be developmentally appropriate adolescent substance abuse and mental health treatment programs available in your community if your child is using. Adult-focused programs may be inappropriate and ineffective for adolescents, research has shown.

Damaging Your Relationship

There is one other important drawback for parents considering home drug testing their children: the possibility of damaging your relationship with your child. Testing for drug use at home, with or without the consent of the adolescent, can seriously undermine the parent-child relationship, according to AAP researchers.

Teens can perceive forced home drug testing by their parents to be invasive and a violation of their rights. You are not the police, and that really is not the role you want to be playing in your child's life. It could damage your relationship and bond, leading to other behavioral problems.

What Steps Do You Take?

If you are concerned that your children may be using drugs or alcohol, take them to their primary care physician or other healthcare professional for a professional assessment. If your child has become involved in substance abuse, the healthcare professional will know what resources are available to provide the child with intervention or treatment services.

If your child does require professional treatment or rehabilitation, be sure to find a facility or program that has experience in the treatment of adolescents, if possible. What works for adults may not work well for teens.

Firms Weigh Random Testing

Robyn Ainsworth - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • 12 Apr 2014
  • Calgary Herald
  • DEREK.SANKEY@TELUS.NET DEREK SANKEY FOR THE CALGARY HERALD

Drug, alcohol monitoring causes friction

There are significant privacy rights that are potentially invaded. On the other hand, you have the very compelling argument that safety comes first
DUNCAN MARSDEN

Two rulings within the past 10 months barring companies from conducting random drug and alcohol testing for their workers in safety-sensitive workplaces could put a broader chill in the air when it comes to such tests, according to one legal expert.

Jenn Pierce/Calgary HeraldRobyn Ainsworth, owner of Dynamic Testing Solutions Ltd., said in most cases, companies put a lot of thought and care into setting up their alcohol and drug testing policies, as well as how the tests are administered.

“Companies are going to be more reluctant to implement random (testing) policies in general,” says Duncan Marsden, head of the labour and employment group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Calgary office. “I suspect employers will look to more sophisticated tests.”

In March, a court-ordered arbitration panel ruled against oilsands giant Suncor Energy, finding the company’s random testing policy was an unreasonable exercise of Suncor’s management rights.

Suncor is applying for a judicial review of that ruling, which involved 3,600 of its unionized workers in the Fort McMurray region.

Last June, Irving Pulp and Paper Ltd. in New Brunswick also had its random testing policy struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada, which upheld a previous ruling by a labour arbitration board in that case in favour of its unionized workers.

“Other companies have to be more cautious when implementing a random (testing) policy in light of this (Suncor) decision and the Supreme Court of Canada decision,” added Marsden.

In the most recent decision, the arbitration board appeared to raise more questions than answers around the whole topic of random drug and alcohol testing in the workplace.

In its ruling, the board found: “While there is no question that alcohol and drugs do not belong in a dangerous workplace, this begs — rather than answers — what measures an employer is entitled to take to address such use.”

Robyn Ainsworth, owner of Calgary-based Dynamic Testing Solutions Ltd. which provides drug and alcohol testing services to a wide range of companies, said great care must be taken any time a firm decides to implement such testing.

It must include consent by the employee and can only be done in safety-sensitive occupations or where a widespread problem has been clearly identified.

Companies can also legally test workers that appear to show impaired behaviour, slurred speech or smell like alcohol.

They can also conduct tests where an employee suffers an accident or a near miss.

“There are certain positions that it’s not appropriate for,” Ainsworth says. “A lot of companies put a lot of thought and care into setting up that program and how they administer it.”

Employers are left in the tenuous position of trying to balance workers’ rights to privacy and human dignity with co-workers’ rights to have the safest work environment possible, she said.

Under current labour laws, companies are also required to offer some form of rehabilitation or addiction assistance “without undue harm” to the company.

They must also take measures to ensure the position remains available to anybody suffering from a substance abuse problem upon their return to work.

Random testing policies usually involve “invasive” testing that can cause decreased morale due to the “stigma and humiliation” that some workers associate with providing bodily fluids on demand, according to Marsden.

“People have strong feelings about this and tend to swing one way or the other,” he added.

“There are significant privacy rights that are potentially invaded. On the other hand, you have the very compelling argument that safety comes first. One death is too many.”

Dynamic Testing Solutions typically serves companies that operate in traditionally high-risk businesses, such as trucking firms, oil and gas companies and the construction industry.

Ainsworth added, however, that she senses drug and alcohol problems are generally becoming more pervasive and says it’s “extremely important” that companies are able to find ways to mitigate that risk.

“It’s starting to fall within a huge group of companies,” she says.

Going forward, Marsden said companies will have to do a better and more thorough job of making a strong case to implement random testing policies in the workplace.

He is also sympathetic to the need for such policies.

“I think it (the Suncor ruling) is a decision where lots of people can see both sides of the argument,” he said.

NEW! Alcohol Testing

Sarah Atkinson - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dynamic Testing Solutions is proud to announce the launch of a few new testing services now available. Here at Dynamic Testing Solutions we strive to provide our clients with the best services available for drug and alcohol testing. The biggest request we receive is for testing that is available for alcohol, which Dynamic Testing Solutions has always offered Breath Alcohol testing, same as the police would use to determine if someone is currently intoxicated and Urine Alcohol testing that can detect consumption in the last 24 – 80 hours. We are proud to announce that we now offer Nail and Hair EtG tests. This testing is the first and only tests that can reliably report a donor’s alcohol exposure for the last 3 months. EtG is a product of alcohol metabolism and a direct alcohol biomarker. Our contract lab conducted a study (sponsored by NIAAA) of 600 college students that showed the EtG levels in nail and hair related to the number of drinks reported. EtG in hair and nails has the best look back of any alcohol assay, using LC-MS/MS, high-sensitivity methodology.

Nail and Hair Follicle tests; can test 5 – 15 different drugs. All Panels come with the option to test for Ethyl Glucuronide (EtG) the trace metabolite of Alcohol.

5 Panel

Amphetamines, Cannabinoids (THC), Cocaine, Opiates, and Phencyclidine

7 Panel

Amphetamines, Cannabinoids (THC), Cocaine, Opiates, Phencyclidine, Benzodiazepines, and Barbiturates

9 Panel

Amphetamines, Cannabinoids (THC), Cocaine, Opiates, Phencyclidine, Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates, Methadone, and Propoxyphene

12 Panel

Amphetamines, Cannabinoids (THC), Cocaine, Opiates, Phencyclidine, Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates, Methadone, Propoxyphene, Meperidine, Tramadol, and Oxycodone

14 Panel

Amphetamines, Cannabinoids (THC), Cocaine, Opiates, Phencyclidine, Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates, Methadone, Propoxyphene, Meperidine, Tramadol, Oxycodone, Fentanyl and Sufentanil

15 Panel

Amphetamines, Cannabinoids (THC), Cocaine, Opiates, Phencyclidine, Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates, Methadone, Propoxyphene, Meperidine, Tramadol, Oxycodone, Fentanyl, Sufentanil, and Ketamine.

  

For more information on services we provide please contact Dynamic Testing Solutions (403) 262-2721 by email info@dynamictesting.ca or visit our NEW website www.dynamictesting.ca

Welcome to our new Web Site with Online Booking

Robyn Ainsworth - Monday, February 03, 2014

We're excited to launch our new web site today complete with online ordering and appointment booking.  

Have a look around and let us know what you think.

We have also put together a short intro video !


Easter Long Weekend - Don't Drink and Drive - Keep our Alberta Streets Safe!

Robyn Ainsworth - Friday, March 29, 2013
The Easter long weekend is right around the corner and Alberta has made some changes to the province's impaired driving laws.

Remember not to Drink and Drive there are alternatives to getting home. Plan ahead have a designated driver, call a taxi, take public transit or call a friend!
Our province’s new impaired driving law will help to reduce the number of drinking drivers on our roads – and that means fewer deaths and serious injuries. Drivers who are criminally impaired or refuse to provide a breath sample will receive the harshest penalties. And, these drivers will still be charged with a criminal offence. Tougher consequences at the .05 to .08 level are designed to discourage drinking and driving – before drivers reach the criminally impaired level. Our goal is to create safer roads by ensuring that Albertans take responsibility for their actions behind the wheel.
Alberta's impaired driving law is about one thing: keeping families safe.
We're strengthening our approach.
  • Responsible Albertans can have a drink with dinner or friends.
  • Repeat offenders will be targeted. So will Criminal Code offences and new drivers.
  • Not included — fines and demerit points offenses.
  • The focus is on changing behaviours through mandatory courses and ignition interlock.
  • Education and enforcement are key

Key Changes

Use this chart to understand changes to the law.

Drivers with blood alcohol over .08

Previously

Alberta had license suspensions, but not vehicle seizures for drivers above .08.

Under the new law

Immediate license suspensions are sustained until the criminal charge is resolved.
Mandatory ignition interlock is installed after criminal conviction (over .08)
  • 1st offence
    • Sustained licence suspension
    • 3-day vehicle seizure
    • 1-year mandatory ignition interlock

  • 2nd offence
    • Sustained licence suspension
    • 7-day vehicle seizure
    • 3-year mandatory ignition interlock.

  • 3rd offence
    • Sustained licence suspension
    • 7-day vehicle seizure
    • 5-year mandatory ignition interlock

Drivers with blood alcohol between .05 & .08

Under the new law

Increasing sanctions against drivers suspected to be impaired are included in the new law. These drivers are not and will not be subject to Criminal Code prosecutions.
  • 1st offence
    • 3-day licence suspension
    • 3-day vehicle seizure

  • 2nd offence
    • 15-day licence suspension
    • 7-day vehicle seizure
    • "Planning Ahead" course

  • 3rd offence
    • 30-day licence suspension
    • 7-day vehicle seizure
    • "Impact" course

New drivers

Under the new law

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL)still begins at age 14. All GDL drivers are already subject to zero tolerance for blood alcohol and receive a 30-day suspension.
  • GDL drivers found with blood alcohol
    • 30-day licence suspension
    • 7-day vehicle seizure

Plan Ahead Be Safe

You have alternatives! Plan for them ahead of time and keep Alberta safe.

Fatal Drug Overdoses in US increase for the 11th consecutive year

Robyn Ainsworth - Thursday, March 07, 2013

Fatal drug overdoses have increased for the 11th consecutive year in the United States, new data show.
According to a research letter published Tuesday from the National Center for Health Statistics, 38,329 people died of drug overdoses in the United States in 2010, an uptick from the previous year and the latest sign of a deadly trend involving prescription painkillers.
In 2010, 57% of overdoses, or more than 22,000, involved known prescription drugs. Three-quarters of those involved painkillers like Oxycontin and Percocet while another 9,400 involved some unidentified drug cocktail.
More than 74% of all prescription drug deaths were accidental, statistics show. Only 17% of overdoses were suicides. The numbers show how drugs in the opioid family, like Oxycontin, methadone and codeine, were often implicated in fatal drug cocktails.
An opioid was found in 77% of overdoses that involved benzodiazepine, a central nervous system depressant likeValiumXanax or Ativan. The addictive narcotic was also involved in 65% of overdoses with antiepileptic or anti-Parkinsonian drugs; 57% of overdoses with antidepressants; and 56% of overdoses with anti-inflammatory and fever-reducing drugs.
The paper buttresses a Times investigation last year that showed a surge in painkiller prescriptions in California and across the nation has had fatal consequences.
Fatal prescription drug overdoses over the last decade have outnumbered deaths from heroin and cocaine combined, The Times reported. In nearly half of all accidental prescription drug deaths in Southern California, the deceased had a prescription for at least one of the drugs involved in the overdose.
The study was published in the American Medical Assn. journal and was written by scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which funded the study.

Content from: http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-drug-overdoses-increase-20130219,0,1564869.story

Bath Salts BANNED in Canada.

Robyn Ainsworth - Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Bath Salts BANNED in Canada
The key ingredient in a new, highly addictive street drug known as "bath salts" has been banned in Canada.
Under new federal rules announced Wednesday by Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) is illegal to possess, traffic, import or export, unless authorized by regulation.
"Effective immediately, all activities with respect to MDPV are illegal in Canada. MDPV has been classified in the same category of drugs as heroin and cocaine," Aglukkaq said in the foyer of the House of Commons Wednesday.
Aglukkaq said border officials and police officers who find bath salts now have the power to act under the law.
"These bath salts pose a real and present danger to Canadians and the Canadian public. That is why we gave law enforcement the tools they need to get these products off our streets and out of the hands of those who may not know how harmful they are," Aglukkaq said.
Aglukkaq was joined for the announcement on Parliament Hill by Conservative Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais, Randy Franks of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and members of the RCMP and the Border Services Agency.
Franks, who is a staff inspector with Toronto police and is chair of the CACP's drug abuse committee, said the spread of the drug has been a "serious concern" to police and Wednesday's move will allow them to "deal with those who victimize some of the most vulnerable people in our communities: the young and those who suffer from addiction."
Police warnings
The white, powdery MDPV is used to create bath salts which can reportedly cause hallucinations, paranoia and violent behaviour in some cases.
A number of police agencies across Canada have issued warnings in recent months about the synthetic drug spreading north from the United States.
Bath salts contain a number of amphetamine-like chemicals, including MDPV, a synthetic cathinone similar to the active ingredient in the drug khat that's chewed in parts of East Africa and in Yemen.
MDPV had not been regulated in Canada, but is now designated under Schedule 1 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act – the same category as heroin and cocaine.
Researchers in Canada will still be able to use MDPV in scientific studies despite the ban, but they will need to seek an exemption from the regulation.
U.S. President Barack Obama signed a bill into law in July banning several drugs, including bath salts, south of the border.
Bath salts captured international headlines in May after media reports suggested the perpetrator of a face-eating attack in Miami was high on bath salts. However, it eventually came to light there was only marijuana in the attacker's system.
The move to ban MDPV is being billed as a way to help Canadian law enforcement agencies overcome problems in combatting the spread of bath salts.
As a synthetic product, drug-sniffing dogs and urine screening tests can miss bath salts. It is also difficult to track down because the drug is being packaged and sold as an authentic consumer product with labels that describe it as real bath salts, plant food or insect repellent, and say "not for human consumption."
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