Child Protective Services (CPS) is responsible for investigating allegations of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment of children. If they find credible evidence that a parent or guardian has been involved in any illegal activities such as drug use, they may place the child into foster care until an investigation is completed. The goal of CPS is to keep children safe from harm so if they suspect that parents have been using drugs it's important that they take action right away.
Drug tests are very helpful in determining whether a parent is unfit to be involved in their child's life. For example, if you have a drug problem, CPS will want to ensure that it won't affect your ability to properly care for your children.
However, some people may not agree with this practice because they feel like it violates their rights as Americans or parents.
The drug test used to be cocaine and opiates but more recently they include amphetamines and marijuana in their screens.
The test looks at the parent's body fluids, hair and nails which all hold traces of drugs. The test can be done in a lab or by a doctor at their office. It can also be done onsite by hand or with swabs.
The most accurate method of determining whether someone has recently used drugs is a urine test. Urine tests can detect drug use for up to 3 days, but they are not as accurate when it comes to detecting drugs in the body. A hair follicle or nail test may be able to detect drug use for up to 90 days after ingestion, but these methods aren't as reliable because they can be affected by factors such as diet and water intake, which influence how quickly substances get absorbed into your system.
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CPS uses several types of drug tests that look for different kinds of substances in different parts of the body. These include:
CPS uses several types of drug tests that look for different kinds of substances in different parts of the body. The most common one is a urine test, which checks for cocaine and opiates as well as amphetamines and marijuana. A hair follicle test can determine whether someone has used drugs in the past 90 days while nail samples provide evidence dating back up to three months ago.