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Psychemedics Launches New Hair Alcohol Test

Psychemedics Corporation (NASDAQ: PMD), hair testing pioneer and global leader for over twenty-five years, announced the launch of its hair alcohol test – a test that measures average alcohol consumption over a period of approximately three months, indicates the level of alcohol use during that time period, and can provide a behavioral indication of excessive use.

Alcohol is the most abused substance in the world, and excessive use poses serious health and safety issues to society. In other regions of the world, this test has been used effectively in the courts, corporate alcohol screening programs, and in monitoring medical issues and probation compliance. Psychemedics’ new hair alcohol test provides answers about alcohol abuse and can be an indicator of those dependent on alcohol.

The test measures the amount of ethyl glucuronide (EtG) in the hair – a trace metabolite of ethanol and a direct alcohol biomarker – and follows the guidelines determined by the World Health Organization in association with the Society of Hair Testing for measuring consumption.

This non-invasive testing procedure uses a small sample of hair that is easily collected and shipped. All work is done by Psychemedics’ College of American Pathologists (CAP) and ISO/IEC 17025:2005 certified laboratory.

Advancing The Science Of Hair Testing

Psychemedics established its technological and market leadership position in 1987 with the development of the first hair test to detect drugs of abuse. Continued advancement in the science of hair testing is critical to Psychemedics, and this new alcohol test provides clients with another method to identify substance abuse.

Raymond C. Kubacki, Chairman and CEO stated, “We are excited to announce the availability of this new hair alcohol test. Our company has, for over twenty-five years, offered the most effective hair testing technology based upon scientifically validated drug testing methods. After many years of investing time and research into developing a hair alcohol test, we are proud to now provide the market with a reliable test to measure alcohol consumption over a period of time.”

Source: Psychemedics Corporation

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