Nobody wants to get a DUI. The possible consequences of fines and even jail time are something nobody needs in their lives. Police are out every night, equipped with breathalyzers, ready to nail drunk drivers. Drug users don’t have as much to worry about when using their drug of choice and getting behind the wheel of a car. There aren’t any sobriety tests being used to detect if the driver is under the influence of drugs in America, yet. However England just put an order through allowing for roadside drug tests with a test called “Drugwipe.”
Officers can use the Drugwipe test by wiping it across surfaces to detect traces of drug residue. The Drugwipe test can also be used on humans to analyze their sweat or saliva for the presence of illegal drugs. With a quick wipe of the forehead, tongue or palm, officers can see if the person has used marijuana, cocaine/crack, heroin, morphine, amphetamines, ecstasy or MDMA (Molly).
The the British have adopted this method, Finnish police have found Drugwipe to be an unreliable detector. Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare found that two-thirds of positive tests for marijuana, cocaine and opioids were false when compared to a blood test. This was a problem because a positive test was grounds for the suspension of driving privileges.
The Drugwipe experiment in England seems to be a big one for the product. The English expect roadside arrests to soar in the coming months, but if the Finnish research is correct, it could be a huge problem.
Would you expect a test like Drugwipe to make its way to the United States?