Child Testing & Passive Exposure
Children can be affected physically, psychologically and emotionally by passive exposure related to illegal drug use and drug production. Unfortunately, children can not only suffer from neglect of basic food and safety in these situations, they can suffer harm from exposure to toxic chemicals and be negatively impacted by illegal drugs.
Passive exposure drug testing opens a window into a child’s environment, which can be crucial for social services or child welfare professionals evaluating the health and safety of a child. A positive result provides a red flag warning to potential problems. Passive exposure drug testing is an advanced tool for gathering information for child abuse investigations and other child welfare applications.
How does Passive Exposure Testing work?
Passive exposure testing provides understanding of the child’s environment. A positive result indicates the child has experienced one or more of the following in their environment:
- Passive inhalation of drug smoke
- Contact with drug smoke
- Contact with sweat or sebum (skin oil) of a drug user
- Contact with the physical drug substance
- Accidental or intentional ingestion of illegal drugs
- Testing can be performed for the following drugs:
- Cannabinoids (THC/Marijuana)
- Cocaine (Crack and Cocaine HCI)
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
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