Researches in Sweden announced that they can now detect marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines and some prescription pills with the use of a breathalyzer.
Please don’t panic recreational drug users and addicts.
The breathalyzer in question has yet to become an industry standard. But, it does represent a possible future tool for criminal investigation.
The device, made by the Swedish scientists, is called the SensAbues. It can currently identify up to 12 different drugs. They plan to make it commercially available.
Currently, law enforcement is limited to testing saliva, urine and blood for traces of drugs. However, collecting such a sample can take time and be relatively costly.
The device works by collecting micro-particles in the subject’s breath. Those particles can then be examined for drug content.
However, the devise is far from ready for practical use. First, the collected micro-particle sample still needs to be sent to a lab for analysis. Second, there is still not an identifiable standard for each compound that demonstrates that an individual would be impaired or that a drug was really in someone’s blood stream. Third, there is a slight 24% false positive rate.
As the science advances, it will be fascinating to see people breathing heavily into a bright blue breathalyzer on the side of the road. But, until the science becomes stronger, you would be well served in selecting a lawyer experienced in a wide array of cases.