I Was Framed – “Hair Analysis Drug Test”

I Was Framed – “Hair Analysis Drug Test”

The sheer mention of a hair analysis drug test strikes fear into a drug user.  The response is likely a few mental expletives at a minimum.  The industry drug testing standard is a 5 or 10 panel urine test (Lab-Based or Instant.)  The normal drug test is relatively inexpensive but it can be beat with a little planning, ingenuity, or some delay tactics.  “I Was Framed – “Hair Analysis Drug Testing” Story 11  is inspired by a true story behind the scenes at Cluso, a Texas licensed Private Investigation Company.

Cluso Comic I was Framed Hair Analysis Drug Test

The Real Story 

The controlled drug substances tested for are usually: Amphetamines, Methamphetamines,  Cocaine, Opiates, PCP, and THC/Metabolite.   The detection window is the most crucial component of a drug test.     A urine test will detect Amphetamines, Meth, and Cocaine if the substance was last taken within 24-72 hours only, PCP can be detected with occasional use 1 to 5 days or habitual use up to 30 days, THC/Metabolite infrequent use can be detected 1 to 3 days within use or up to 30 days if chronic use.

A hair analysis drug test detects any use of these drug substances used within 1 to 3 months.  The labs can technically go back further if the hair is longer but 90 days of hair tested is a legal limit.

If you take a look online you will see web pages dedicated to helping people pass urine tests.  Step by Step , home remedies, products, and tricks including synthetic urine.  And because of the detection window all the candidate has to do is wait 72 hours and they are home free .   Timing a drug test is also difficult with urine tests because you have to catch the person in the window of use.  Cocaine leaves the body very quickly so it is difficult to catch a person using cocaine with a urine test.

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The superior test is Hair Analysis and when our client required it for a candidate employment screening recently, the candidate contacted our office telling us he couldn’t take the test because he shaved his head.  Fortunately for him, there are collection options for us to use for this dilemma.  LOL.

The comic strip mentions 1 inch of hair is needed.  Specifically 1.5 inches is needed.  You may ask yourself how important is to drug test anyway?  It is very possible your worst performers and biggest troublemakers use illegal drugs.  Drug abuse causes tardiness and more frequent absences from work.  Anytime someone is controlled by drug addiction, they spend their time thinking about the drugs instead of the job at hand.  Drug users are also more desperate for money and may commit crime to pay for their habit.  Hair Analysis is 3 times more expensive than urine drug tests, but could ultimately save you in the long run by removing the average (borderline) performers from your organization.


Hair analysis drug tests effectively finds the drug users in your job candidate pool or among your current employees.  The window of detection is 1 to 3 months after drug use.  This is a much bigger window than the typical 24-72 hours with a urine test.  The cost for the Hair Analysis test is 3 times more expensive but may be worth it because you don’t have to worry about timing or candidate delay [to test] tactics.


If you are going to drug test at all it may be worth doing hair analysis drug testing.  If you decide to use urine testing, you will want to strictly enforce the time you provide candidates to take the drug test.  If you allow any delay the candidate will likely pass the urine drug test even if they are an illegal drug user.


I Was Framed : Episode 1 – “Identity Theft

I Was Framed : Episode 2 – “Seven Year Background Check

I Was Framed : Episode 3 – “Already in Prison”

I Was Framed : Episode 4 – “Jon Smith”

I Was Framed : Episode 5 – “Good News, Bad News” 

I Was Framed : Episode 6 – “Career Criminal”

I Was Framed : Episode 7 – “Burn Pile”

I Was Framed : Episode 8 – “Dispute”

I Was Framed : Episode 9 – “Twisted Truth”

I Was Framed: Episode 10 – “Consultant Background Check”


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