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    LoEneSimpson Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Feb 25, 2013, 04:44 PM
    Failed EtG
    My son is a tattoo artist. On the days he goes directly from cleaning up after doing a tattoo he has tested positive. On the days he goes from home he has tested negative. Their cut off level is at 500. He uses madacide, 70% isopropoonol, 70% isopropyl alcoholl, and avagard hand antiseptic which contains 70% ethyl alcohol. Could this be the cause of his positive results even at a 500 level. The testing site claims these products will not cause it. He has 3 months of probation left.
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    Feb 25, 2013, 08:07 PM
    To start with an ETG is not exceptionally reliable because skin contact with alcohol will triger falsepositives. The probation officer should know this. If he tests positive then he should tell the tester of his profession and request an alternate test. ETG can detect alcohol contact for 80 hours so this is clearly not going to work for him. I suspect there is more than you are being told. With repeated contact at work he should test positive 24/7/365
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    Feb 25, 2013, 11:25 PM
    Both his PO and the testing clinic know of his profession and they say this will not effect him because they test at a 500 level. He has asked for any other testing they want to do. Right now we feel they want to send him back to jail. He has be told the test is too complex for him to understand yet he still stands his ground that he hasn't had any alcohol. I've heard a previous officer tell him he will never amount to anything. This is how it is in Utah. Is there any recourse he can do? Any place he can get help from? He has taken all his cleaning supplies in to the testing center. No one will believe him.

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