Psychomedics Corporation announced today that it has started to test hair samples for the presence of Ecstasy (methylenedioxymethamphetamine). The tests are the first of their kind. Hairs are sent to Psychomedics by individuals and companies in need of chemical analysis of hair samples for employees, etc.
Over 1,700 U.S. corporations depend on Psychemedics' hair tests to support their drug-free workplace initiatives. In addition, Ecstasy testing will be available in drug stores, as well
as through http://www.drugfreeteenagers.com for parents concerned about their teens. The kit will be identified by the name PDT-90 Hair Test. The new Ecstasy test will also be included in Psychemedics' high
school testing programs throughout the country.
Raymond C. Kubacki, Jr., president and CEO of Psychemedics, noted,
"The escalating use of Ecstasy among today's young people is an alarming
and serious problem. The long-term side effects of this drug (which has
been illegal since 1985), may as yet be unknown, but Ecstasy has
increasingly been involved in tragic deaths and is a significant source of
hospital emergency room cases throughout the U.S."
The company developed the Ecstasy hair test in response to direct requests from corporate clients, schools, parents, and the federal government. The company is the first in the United States to
offer Ecstasy screening as part of its regular testing panel."
Currently, Psychemedics' hair testing screens for the presence of
marijuana, cocaine (as well as crack cocaine), opiates (heroin),
methamphetamine (speed and uppers), and PCP (angel dust). The additional
screening for Ecstasy will be offered at no additional charge to both
corporate and individual consumers.
Normally, hair analysis looks at drug use
over a 90-day period, versus only two to three days for urinalysis. Hair
analysis has a superior detection rate. Additionally, the test will be a
research tool for the the clinical study of the long-term health effects of Ecstasy.
Interested professionals can visit the Psychomedics Web site at: http://www.psychemedics.com.