Philips develops roadside drug test

by Ally


One quick blow on a device and cops can find out just how much alcohol you’ve consumed.  Sadly though, so far they haven’t had a roadside way to test for drugs.  Which means cops have to drag in people that they suspect to be using drugs.  Well that will be changing at some point in the somewhat near future.  Instead of dragging people down to the station for a test, Philips has a test they’ve developed to help cops out on the side of the road.

It uses nanotechnology and instead of blowing like you’d do for the alcohol test, you spit.  Then after 90 seconds it gives a color coded read out.  It will detect any cocaine, heroin, cannabis, amphetamines and methaphetamine.  This isn’t exactly great for drug users, but for those that don’t use drugs and just seem to look the part this is definitely good news.  It will end any harassment much faster through a quick test.  Philips hopes to get these out to cops in Europe by the end of this year.  There’s no word when it will make it to the US though.

Source: Geekologie

14 reviews or comments

T.Hamm Says: August 6, 2009 at 9:56 am

And how will this differentiate between a person who is currently high on cannabis and one who has been high in the last 30 days? Those of us legally using it for medical purposes in several states would like to know.

jianminjiang Says: July 3, 2010 at 5:18 am


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