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The First Scientific Hair Test for Ecstasy Introduced

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 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:

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