Children in environments where they are exposed to illicit drugs are at higher risk for abuse and neglect. When a child is exposed to an illegal substance under guardianship it often reveals coexisting abuse and other obstacles preventing them from having a normal life. When children are in the care of an adult that is using illegal drugs the adult(s) are less likely to do what is in the child’s best interest. Children can be vulnerable to physical, mental, emotional abuse, and more as a result. Hair follicle testing for children will identify a child’s exposure to drugs.
When it comes to drug testing we often think of adults who have been affected. But when an adult is using drugs they have a direct impact on the family as a whole. An adult using drugs is dangerous to the child, both by the lack of care the child receives and the drug that the child can accidentally ingest or physical exposure can show up in the child’s system.
Detecting these dangerous environments is vital to keeping children safe. The Genesis Shop has partnered with CHILDGUARD® and can assist, where other drug exposure tests fall short.
Children who are exposed to these environments are not drug users themselves, but the danger is still present. Hair is like a sponge and can absorb non-metabolized drugs (native drugs) if the child is exposed by touching, or being in contact to the drug or drug user. We use the highest quality–testing product (CHILDGUARD®) that can detect, with accuracy, if a native drug or drug metabolite is present. Results are usually back within 24 hours.
CHILDGUARD® can provide evidence of drugs in the child’s environment for the past 3 months. A positive test result suggests that the child has experienced one or more of the following detections: