Q: I was just informed that my employer is going to start using hair follicle drug tests. Please tell me more about this. Am I going to have a huge, bald spot after one of these tests? Is it going to be painful? How accurate are the results? I’ve never taken drugs, but I’m worried about false positives.
A: Hair follicle drug testing is an alternative of urine testing to detect drugs in the system. When compared to urine testing, hair follicle testing has a much larger window of detection. The test is accurate and positive results go through a multi-step confirmation process, so you don’t have to worry about false positives.
The collection itself is not a painful process. While the technician will take a sample of about 100 hairs, you are not going to be left with a bald spot. The human head has thousands and thousands of hairs – a hundred will not be missed. While you may feel a tiny bit of discomfort during the procedure, a properly trained technician will be done in a timely manner. You have nothing to worry about – the testing is safe, secure and accurate.