Passive Exposure and Child Drug Testing
Children suffer many consequences when living in homes where illegal drugs are used or produced. Basic needs such as food, clothing, and safe housing are neglected. Children can suffer physical health issues due to exposure to toxic chemicals. They may also be affected emotionally and psychologically due to their environment.
Child welfare professionals and social service workers can use passive drug testing as a tool to see inside the home life of the child. A positive result can flag attention for further evaluation into the safety and development of the child. In child abuse investigations or child welfare inquiries, passive drug exposure testing can provide very powerful information.
What is Passive Exposure Testing?
Passive exposure testing can show what may be otherwise hidden in the child’s environment.
Testing can confirm the child has had exposure to drugs such as:
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
- Cannabinoids (THC/Marijuana)
- Cocaine (Crack and Cocaine HCI)
Testing can determine if the child has had contact with these drugs in one or more of the following ways:
- Contact with drug smoke
- Contact with sweat or sebum (skin oil) of a drug user
- Contact with the physical drug
- Passive inhalation of drug smoke
- Accidental or intentional ingestion of the drugs
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