Quick Cheap Drug Test Will Enable Parents To Check If Their Kids Are Using Cannabis, Cocaine
A British company has developed a cheap manual testing device drug that is within 5 minutes can allow parents to check out samples of saliva, whether their children are using cannabis, cocaine or other illicit substances.
Universal Sensors Ltd, of Ickleton, Cambridgeshire, said they Vantix biosensor technology can also be used by police to conduct roadside tests for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.
company's Commercial Director, Kevin Auton, told the press that they understand the existence of such a device predstavlyaet''ogromnye implications for society, "according to the British Daily Mail.
Auton said he was not sure if the parents in the UK were ready for this technology, "test raises privacy issues," he added. Leaving aside the contentious issues, he said that the tests will worry parents to check if their children are using drugs.
Auton explained that in the U.S., parents now send samples of their children's hair and saliva to a lab for testing drugs. If there is such a requirement in the UK, it could be an interesting market, he added.
"It's as easy to use as a pregnancy test," he said, explaining that the company can produce 30 billion biosensors year, so it would be cheaper to buy. He added that the company is "very focused on getting out of the lab tests and on other platforms."
This means that the device may be on the market in about two years and sell at around 1,50 £ test (about 2.30 U.S. dollars). The device will be the size of a small mobile phone that is inserted into the cartridge containing the disposable chip is 5mm wide and a saliva sample.
The chip has antibodies impregnated in its surface that react to certain metabolites of drugs, such as a molecule of THC in hemp. If the chip will detect such chemicals, it produces a small electrical current which is amplified in a handheld device and turn on warning light.
Benefits for the police more visible and perhaps less controversial, since they are already empowered to conduct inspections if they suspect drivers under the influence.
Currently, the police arrest a driver suspected of driving under the influence of drugs to conduct field trials of violations that are considering expansion of the pupils, coordination and balance.
But the only way to get reliable evidence to send the blood from the laboratory, the staff are often reluctant to do because it takes a long time.
In addition, as a representative of Universal Sensors Telegraph said, when police found evidence of alcohol, they often do not pursue the possibility that the driver may also be under the influence of drugs because of the extra effort and time. However, drugs and alcohol are often consumed together, "he said.
A test that uses a mouth swab, and within five minutes can tell officers whether a driver in roadside drug in their system, can change this scenario dramatically.
The representative stated that "to make a zero-tolerance approach to drug drivers probably the first time."
The company, in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University and Cambridge Design Partnership, is also developing a portable device for the detection of hospital superbugs C. difficult and MRSA.
It is expected that devices such as drug tester will be able to detect pathogens in 5 minutes, significantly faster than traditional laboratory-based methods, which may take 2 to 3 days to get results.