New drug-testing firm opens in Grand Junction
Parents and employers who want to determine whether illegal drugs have been on their property have an initial diagnostic test available to them from a new company in town, All-Test.
Company owner Troy Sievers will come to your home or workplace and use a swab and spray testing kit that can show immediate results if traces of marijuana, heroin, amphetamines, methamphetamine or cocaine are present on surfaces.
Sievers said traces of these drugs remain on the skin when they are touched and can be transferred to electronics and furniture.
He said law enforcement and the military use similar technology, adding that his test is 99 percent accurate.
Kate Porras, spokeswoman for the Grand Junction Police Department, said detectives may use a similar test at the scene of crimes, but they are presumptive tests that merely give an indication that drugs may be present.
The official tests are done in the lab with much more sophisticated procedures, Porras said.
Sievers said his test will show if drugs were present but not whether they were used.
If results are positive, “I absolutely recommend doing some follow-up testing,” he said.
Follow-up testing could be done with All-Test. In addition to the swab and spray kit, Sievers has a wide range of drug-testing products available, including saliva and urine tests. Background checks and paternity testing are available as well.
Sievers said he worked with the Resource Education Advocacy for Children that are Homeless for some time, and he feels this is another aid he can give to the community.
“It’s a way to give back to the community and combat drug abuse in Mesa County,” he said.
In poor economies, he said he believes drug and alcohol use increases, although Sievers said his business could be successful in any economic environment.
“Despite whatever economic conditions, there are companies, parents who need testing,” he said.
All-Test, 1000 N. Ninth St., No. 19, is open from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday by appointment. The business phone number is 244-8378.