There is a reason why there are various ways through which drug testing can be done — it is so that there can be another way of administering it should one way fail.
In the case of a man (who will remain unnamed) who applied to the Police Service in Northern Ireland (PSNI), there was no way that he could submit to a hair follicle drug test. It’s not because he does not want to – but because he cannot, being as it were that he was bald.
This caused a bit of a problem in his bid to enter the police force, as shared in a feature on UrineDrugTesting.org. His baldness prevented him from providing hair samples of up to 3 cm in length. He was likewise unable to provide the alternative – about 200 strands of body hair. This led to his rejection from joining the force, even if he was already at an advanced stage in his application.
We understand, however, the preference of the police force to use hair follicle testing over urine testing. Testing using hair samples is considered as more effective and accurate; it can detect drug use over a 90-day period and has a better track record at correct identification of substance abusers.
He-who-has-not-been-named (excuse the use of Harry Potter-ese) challenged his rejection, however, saying that the decision was both “irrational” and “discriminatory.” Luckily for him, lawyers for the PSNI did not do a whole lot of arguing and informed the judge on Wednesday that the rejected hopeful will now be reinstated into the recruitment process.