Drug and Alcohol Testing - A Family Courtroom Perspective

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Course Overview

Hair Drug and Alcohol testing has changed dramatically over the past 12–18 months, yet the majority of solicitors and courts are worryingly unaware of what testing should be ordered and how to correctly interpret results.

It is believed that up to 30% of hair alcohol tests are currently interpreted incorrectly so if one of your clients has ever ended up with an unexpected result, this may explain why. A lack of knowledge in this area could have a detrimental impact upon the clients you represent and with the need for testing to be conducted in the majority of care proceed­ings; this issue is only ever likely to get worse.

Therefore it is vital that all family and children law practitioners know the truth about testing and result interpretation. Not only will this course discuss the limitations of testing, what to request when booking a test and how to make sense of written reports, it will also teach you how to identify errors and challenge the evidence were necessary.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch 1.5 hour recorded webinar
  • This course provides 1.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:

    • Know how hair testing actually works including hair growth rates and sleeping hair
    • Appreciate the danger of ignoring the use of averages in tests
    • Have considered the effect of previous drug use on test results
    • Know how chemical treatments give misleading information
    • Be familiar with passive drug exposure and contamination
    • Alcohol Abuse and Abstinence testing
    • Be aware of Legal Highs and Designer Drug abuse
    • Understand and be able to identify why up to 30% of tests are incorrectly interpreted for court
    • Have considered prescription drug abuse and cases of doping children

What is the target audience?

  • This course is essential viewing for family and children law practitioners of all levels, including trainee solicitors, legal executives and paralegals.



About Instructor - David Nicholson

David is a successful biotechnology entrepreneur founded DNA Legal, part of DNA Worldwide Group in 2004 with the aim to transform the level of service provided and ensure true quality and care in the industry.

With the complex scientific process of DNA and Toxicology testing in early 2000 clients were often left to fend for themselves, scrambling around to find places for samples to be taken and ending up with reports that did not make sense. David decided this had to change and set about to build a company with the highest quality laboratory testing, world leading experts and exceptional client support.

David ensures that the integrity of the business is never lost working closely with everyone in the team to deliver the highest quality of care possible.

Course Curriculum

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