New Drugs & Alcohol Advisory Board Established

By Trimega Laboratories, PRNE
Monday, November 8, 2010

LONDON, November 9, 2010 - A new Hair Strand Scientific Advisory Board has been
established by UK-based Trimega Laboratories. Its purpose is to analyse the
fast growing database of information created from the 10,000 hair alcohol
tests and 7,000 hair drug tests carried out in the UK each year, of which
Trimega Laboratories is responsible for around 40%.

As well as being the world's largest resource relating to
substance abuse from both hair and blood tests, the database also contains
vital self-donor reporting information. This will assist the Board in
analysing what drink and drugs individuals say they have consumed in relation
to what is found in test results.

Furthermore, the database gives the Board unique access to
historical information relating to the 'combined marker' hair alcohol testing
system. This system, which measures both EtG and FAEE markers in hair, has
become the UK courts' preferred method for accurately determining long-term
alcohol misuse. As a pioneer of the 'combined marker' system, Trimega
Laboratories has been using it to compile valuable information around alcohol
trends and demographics for the past three years. Indeed a smaller subset of
this information, which looked at 644 cases relating to child protection in
UK courts, was published in 2009* and contributed to a joint consensus being
adopted by leading scientists from around the world.

In addition to alcohol, the Board will also provide guidance
on new drug metabolites such as the recently reclassified Mephedrone and
other emerging 'legal highs' to plot where they fit into the spectrum of
substance misuse in the UK.

The findings of the Board will be shared with the Society of
Hair Testing (SoHT) which, as a peer reviewed organisation, will assist it in
future decisions - particularly those relating to the setting of universal
standards/guidelines. Indeed all founder members of the Board are also
members of the SoHT - one of them a Past President:

    - Dr. Hans Sachs (Chair) - Past President of the SoHT and lead
    scientist in high profile cases such as Harold Shipman and "Black Widow"

    - Professor Dr Fritz Pragst - an award-winning forensic
    toxicologist and founding father of Hair Alcohol Testing. He is also a
    founder member and board member of SoHT, winner of the Alan Curry Award
    of TIAFT (The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists), of
    the Jean Servais Stas Award of the GTFCh (German Society of Toxicological
    and Forensic Chemistry) and of the Robert-Handel Award of the German
    Society of Legal Medicine and 'Guest Scientist' at the Institute of Legal
    Medicine, University Hospital Charite in Berlin.

    - Dr. Carl Selavka - a member of SoHT and full-time consulting
    scientist at Trimega Laboratories.

    - Dr. Silke Suese - a member of SoHT and Laboratory Director
    of Trimega Drogencheck GmbH laboratory.

Douglas MacSween, General Manager of Trimega Laboratories,
commented: "Having been first to market with a combined marker hair alcohol
testing system and constantly at the forefront of R&D with both alcohol and
drug misuse tests, we feel the creation of the Board is a significant
milestone. We're delighted that such a gathering of the world's top
scientists have been able to lend their involvement and that Trimega is so
well placed to feed into the pool of knowledge they will be using."

For more information on hair strand testing, visit

* Forensic Science International (Prof. Dr. Fritz Pragst,
Prof. Tom Mieczkowski, Dr Silke Suesse & Dr. Carl Selavka)

About Trimega Laboratories: Established in London in 2005,
Trimega Laboratories ( has developed a range of
innovative techniques for testing substances of abuse. Its core business is
laboratory-based analysis of hair samples that provides accurate historical
records of any alcohol or drugs dependency over a one to 12 month period. In
the UK its clients include: Family Law specialists, Social Services,
regulatory bodies, professions such as nurses and pilots, as well as being
ordered by the Courts directly. Other services offered by Trimega
Laboratories include: Roadside Drugalyzer Testing for law enforcement, Hair
Steroid Testing for athletes, and most recently, Hair Benzodiazepines
Testing. Trimega is ISO 14001 certified for environmental management and is
also an Investor In People. Trimega Laboratories won the title of Best Use of
Technology in the 2008 Barclays-sponsored Startups Awards and has been on the
shortlist for the National Business Awards three years running. It was also
one of 25 companies to represent the UK in the 2010 European Business Awards.

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