New Drug Test To Detect Meth
5 DEC - A new preliminary drug driving testing device, which can test for a greater range of drugs at the roadside is being under development potentially promising to enhance drug driving enforcement across Europe.
It works as an antigen test and can not only test for Cannabis, Cocaine, Benzodiazepines and Opiates, but also Amphetamine and Methamphetamine.
The advantages of the new system are that oral fluid collection is very rapid, the test time is reduced to 2-8 minutes, and the device is easily transported with no other device being required to read the drug results. The device is set to increase police forces capability to test drivers for the presence of illegal drugs and facilitate the goal of bringing offenders before the courts and making roads safer. Expectations are the enhanced roadside drug testing system will be coming timely with the continued increase in drug detection in drivers. Only in Ireland from 2016 to 2021 samples for drugs other than alcohol increased four-fold – from 1,113 to 4,321. Alcohol still remains the most frequently detected intoxicant with cannabis the second most frequently found one and cocaine being the third most commonly found intoxicant.
Research shows that only in Ireland there were 86 fatalities and 765 serious injuries over the Christmas and New Year period over the last five years. The new preliminary drug testing device was invented by German manufacturer Securetec and is already operational by Ireland's An Garda Síochána, who have announced an intensive six-week road safety enforcement campaign across the country to Christmas and New Year.