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Psychemedics Corporation is a United States corporation which provides patented, FDA-cleared, CAP certified clinical laboratory services for the detection of drugs of abuse. The company's corporate headquarters are located in Acton , Massachusetts and its laboratory operations are located in Culver City , California. Werner Baumgartner was responsible for founding Psychemedics and spearheading its initial research. A nationally recognized expert on drug testing through hair samples, Dr. Baumgartner gained acclaim by procuring some strands of hair from the 19th-century poet John Keats.
Despite the age of the hair, Baumgartner was able to detect that the poet, who died at the age of 26 from tuberculosis, had been taking an increasing amount of opium before his death, most likely used in painkillers. Baumgartner's find created a minor sensation, enough to warrant a mention in a Time magazine cover story about drugs in the workplace. After years of research proved that drugs deposited in the hair can be accurately measured, the company was formed in and pioneered the use of hair testing in commercial markets including banks, manufacturers, retailers, mining operations, hotels and casinos.
The technology capitalizes on the way the body metabolizes ingested drugs as they flow through the blood stream and deposit in the cortex of the hair. Body hair can also be collected if head hair is not available. Psychemedics hair tests are available in Brazil through the company's independent distributor, Psychemedics Brazil.
The partnership goes back over 15 years and the drug tests are provided at clinics throughout Brazil, and then shipped to the lab in Culver City, California for analysis. Hair testing analyzes the hair shaft, rather than body fluids like urine or saliva, to determine whether illegal drugs are present. Compared to analysis of body fluids, hair testing is highly resistant to evasion by adulterating or substituting samples, or by simply abstaining from drug use for a few days. A standard test of approximately one-and-one-half inches of head hair cut close to the scalp can provide a several month window to detect drug ingestion.
In , Psychemedics Corporation began offering hair based alcohol Ethyl glucuronide testing. This testing was ly attempted by laboratories in the United Kingdom, but has suffered from numerous lawsuits. Due to the concerns of legal risk, few laboratories offer this type of testing anymore, as they deem it unreliable and unsupportable. This consensus is not applicable for determination of abstinence from alcohol or moderate consumption of alcohol.
The U. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has cautioned that the test is "scientifically unsupportable as the sole basis for legal or disciplinary action" because the highly sensitive tests "are not able to distinguish between alcohol absorbed into the body from exposure to many common commercial and household products containing alcohol or from the actual consumption of alcohol.
Food and Drug Administration has not granted FDA clearance to the Psychemedics Corporation for their EtG Alcohol test at this time, which brings the accuracy of this test into question. In May, , it was announced that The Psychemedics Corporation would be providing hair testing services to three private Cleveland-area schools.
Journalists quickly noted a severe conflict of interest, as James Kubacki, Principal of St. The Plain Dealer noted that this fact was not disclosed to parents, revealing that it "wasn't stated at the institution-wide meetings to discuss with students their soon-to-be-curtailed privacy.
This is not the first time that The Psychemedics Corporation has been scrutinized for questionable business tactics, having ly hired the high ranking employees of their clients. George Elder, a principal for decades, says he instituted drug testing for all students and faculty members at his school. Now he's Psychemedics vice president and pitchman. Psychemedics Corporation Type Public Traded as. Acton , Massachusetts.
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