Steroid testing in hair can establish a history and pattern of usage
Steroids can be taken by a range of people to improve general strength and muscle mass.
Traditionally, the presence of anabolic steroids has been tested by analysing urine samples. However, as these will generally only detect usage or exposure within the last 2-4 days, they do not typically identify long term usage, followed by a drug-free period, which is a common practice.
Hair testing can detect steroid misuse over periods of up to one year and is an effective way of tracking any patterns and extent of use.
How steroids are detected?
Any steroids that have been used will be absorbed in the bloodstream and broken down to a specific ester metabolite. The esters will eventually show up in the hair, which is fed by the bloodstream.
Trimega Labs test for a wide range of steroids.
Benefits of a hair steroid testing
The major practical advantage of hair testing compared with urine or blood testing, is that it has a larger surveillance window - weeks to months, depending on the length of the hair shaft, against two to four days for most xenobiotics.
Who can use this service?
- Concerned parents
- Law enforcement
- Nightclub owners
- The security sector
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