What is ETG Testing?

What are the differences between urine testing, blood testing and hair testing?

Can I be ordered for drug or alcohol testing?

Do I have to allow CPS into my home?

Can CPS question my children without my presence?

Should I talk to cops when stopped for any reason?

Differences between Urine, Blood, and Hair Testing:

Urine Testing:

  • Detection Window: Up to 72 hours for most drugs, but can vary depending on the substance and individual metabolism.
  • Advantages: Non-invasive, relatively inexpensive, and convenient.
  • Disadvantages: Short detection window, can be affected by factors like hydration and recent intake of fluids.

Blood Testing:

  • Detection Window: Up to several days or weeks for most drugs, depending on the substance and individual metabolism.
  • Advantages: Can detect recent and past drug use, accurate and reliable.
  • Disadvantages: Invasive, requires a trained professional to collect the sample, and can be more expensive than urine testing.

Hair Testing:

  • Detection Window: Up to 90 days for most drugs, providing a long-term history of drug use.
  • Advantages: Can detect past drug use, not affected by recent intake of fluids, difficult to tamper with.
  • Disadvantages: Expensive, requires specialized testing facilities, and can take longer to obtain results.

Ordering Drug or Alcohol Testing:

  • Yes, you can be ordered for drug or alcohol testing in various circumstances, including:
    • Job applications: Many employers require pre-employment drug and alcohol testing.
    • Probation or parole: As part of court-ordered supervision, drug and alcohol testing may be mandatory.
    • School athletes: Some schools require athletes to undergo drug and alcohol testing.
    • Medical reasons: Healthcare professionals may order drug and alcohol testing for diagnostic purposes or to monitor medication compliance.
    • Law enforcement investigations: If law enforcement suspects you of driving under the influence or other drug-related offenses, they may order a drug or alcohol test.

Talking to Cops When Stopped:

  • You are not obligated to answer any questions beyond identifying yourself and providing your vehicle registration and insurance information.
  • You have the right to remain silent and refuse to answer any questions about your activities or whereabouts.
  • You have the right to an attorney, and you should request one if you feel uncomfortable or unsure about your rights.
  • It’s generally recommended to be polite and cooperative but avoid volunteering unnecessary information that could be used against you.

Remember, your rights are important. While you may be required to submit to certain tests based on the circumstances, it’s crucial to understand your rights and make informed decisions when interacting with law enforcement.