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New Saliva-based roadside Alcohol/Drug Test Device in the Near Future

Posted Aug 06 2009 10:34pm

We all know or know of these devices and now the testing will be down to 90 seconds.  Next year the police agencies may have some new devices and this checks for a number of drugs too, not just alcohol.  If you are a registered legal cannabis user in California, a good reason to make sure you always have your card with your.  BD

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In the vein of the breathalyzer, Philips has developed an on-the-go drug test, that can be used by the side of the road to test suspected imbibers for cocaine, heroin, cannabis, amphetamines and methaphetamine. Unlike the standard alcohol testing equipment, this one is used by having the suspect spit into a small receptacle, which is then inserted into the measurement chamber which contains magnetic nanoparticles coated with ligands that bind to one of five different drug groups, delivering color coded test results in about 90 seconds. Philips, which has been developing the device since 2001, built it as an optical device that would be easy to mass produce for law enforcement. The company expects to ship them by the end of the year, though there's no word on exactly which markets will employ them as of yet.

Philips to unveil saliva-based roadside drug test later this year

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