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Hair samples are a legitimate method of drug tests.

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A police department ordered one if its officers to provide a hair sample for a drug test after it suspected him of using cocaine. The test, which involved shaving a patch of hair, came up negative. He sued, alleging privacy violations under the Fourth Amendment, saying the test was degrading, without suspicion, and it left him with bald spots. A federal appeals court sided with the police department, saying hair is on public display and so taking hair samples can't be considered a "search." The court said hair sampling is "more akin to fingerprinting ... which has been held outside the Fourth Amendment protection." (Coddington v. Evanko, No. 03-3850, 3rd Cir., 2004)

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