02/09/2019

Welsh rehabilitation service opts for drug testing using fingerprint sweat

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Welsh rehabilitation service opts for drug testing using fingerprint sweat

  • Rehabilitation and recovery charity CAIS to deploy quick, convenient and non-invasive Intelligent Fingerprinting drug test at its luxury Parkland Place clinic in North Wales

A leading rehab and recovery charity CAIS has announced that it is now using fingerprint-based drug testing from Intelligent Fingerprinting to support recovery at its Parkland Place clinic in North Wales. According to CAIS, testing with the Intelligent Fingerprinting portable drug test is quick, hygienic and dignified – making it an ideal point-of-care solution for use at its residential facilities.

CAIS is focused on helping people to recover from addiction and rebuild normal, productive lifestyles. The personal support charity has deployed fingerprint drug testing at its new Parkland Place luxury residential rehabilitation centre on the edge of Old Colwyn in North Wales. Regular drug testing is carried out to monitor clients’ progress towards recovery. In contrast with traditional testing procedures involving saliva or urine, fingerprint sample collection is more dignified, hygienic and quick. All Parkland Place clients need to do is provide fingerprint sweat samples onto the Intelligent Fingerprinting drug screening cartridge, which can be collected and analysed on-site during one of their regular meetings. Sample collection takes seconds, with drug screening results available in just ten minutes for discussion there and then with the client. CAIS expects to extend the technology to its secure detoxification service in Wrexham and residential drug detoxification and rehabilitation clinic near Chorley in Lancashire in the coming months.

“Our highly qualified teams work closely with each guest to understand their individual needs and provide the strongest chance of recovery. While drug testing is an important part of our dedicated detox services, we’re always keen at CAIS to ensure a safe and empathetic environment. The Intelligent Fingerprinting test method ensures that we can screen our guests in a dignified and hygienic way,” commented CAIS Chief Executive, Clive Wolfendale. “CAIS facilities – such as our new Parkland Place luxury residential centre – set the standard for the provision of best practice rehabilitation services, and we’re committed to supporting our detox and rehabilitation programmes with innovative solutions like the Intelligent Fingerprinting drug test which improve our service.”

In contrast with traditional drug testing procedures involving saliva or urine, fingerprint sample collection takes only a few seconds and proves more dignified and hygienic for both Parkland Place guests and staff. As well as significantly speeding up the process of testing for people in detox and rehab, fingerprint drug testing is also more convenient and cost-effective as there is no need for specialist collection or biohazardous waste disposal facilities.

“With sample collection in seconds and results in 10 minutes, we’ve found that the Intelligent Fingerprinting drug test approach works particularly well as part of drug rehabilitation programmes, and we’re pleased that CAIS is now using our innovative test at Parkland Place,” added Intelligent Fingerprinting’s Dr Paul Yates. “Staff at CAIS find the Intelligent Fingerprinting drug testing method much easier to use than previous testing methods and, because testing can be carried out on-site with results available quickly, fingerprint drug tests can support a much more transparent approach to treatment as they help measure a client’s progress towards recovery.”

Intelligent Fingerprinting recently extended its offering for drug rehabilitation programme operators with the introduction of a new test that screens for the opioid substitution drugs methadone and buprenorphine, as well as testing for benzodiazepines and opiates. This significantly enhances the range of Intelligent Fingerprinting testing products available to drug treatment service providers.

Fingerprint-based drug testing – how it works

Intelligent Fingerprinting’s drug testing solution features a small, tamper-evident drug screening cartridge onto which ten fingerprint sweat samples are collected, in a process which takes less than a minute. The Intelligent Fingerprinting portable analysis unit then reads the cartridge and provides a positive or negative result on-screen for all drugs in the test in ten minutes.

 An introductory video demonstrating fingerprint-based drug testing in action is available here.

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About CAIS
CAIS is a registered charity and leading voluntary sector provider of personal support services in Wales. CAIS helps people who are having problems with addictions, mental health, personal development and employment – as well as offering assistance and information to their families and friends. It offers a wide range of services, including residential treatment and rehabilitation, counselling, peer mentoring, supporting people in their homes, assisting people back into work or education, group work and other motivational interventions.

CAIS also offers a comprehensive range of training courses, together with training and support for employers, and is very active in the field of employment interventions including the development of its own social enterprises. CAIS is committed to working in partnership with others in keeping with the All Wales Strategy – Tackling Substance Misuse in Wales. All CAIS services aim to help people recover from addiction and rebuild normal, productive lifestyles in the belief that people can and do change. www.cais.co.uk

About Intelligent Fingerprinting:
Intelligent Fingerprinting’s portable Drug Screening System works by analysing fingerprint sweat. It is non-invasive, fast and cost-effective, with sample collection taking seconds and simultaneous screening for multiple drug groups in ten minutes. A laboratory confirmation service is also available.

The system has applications within many sectors and customers include employers in safety-critical industries such as construction, transport and logistics firms, drug treatment and family safeguarding organisations, as well as UK coroners. The company has distributors across the globe, including the USA.

Founded in 2007, Intelligent Fingerprinting is a spin-out company from the University of East Anglia (UEA).  The company is based in Cambridge, England and employs around 30 people. www.intelligentfingerprinting.com  Twitter @iFingerprinting

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