Fingerprint Analysis Technology Aims To Revolutionize Drug Testing

Photo: Fretti (CC)

Photo: Fretti (CC)

When someone drives a vehicle while drunk there are plenty of road side tests that police can perform to confirm the drivers intoxication. For many other drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine, there are signs of intoxication, but no immediate method of proof. Often, urine or blood samples must be taken at the police station, which must then be processed to confirm the what and how much of the substance taken. New develops allow a person’s sweat to give more instant results.The Raw Story reports:

A new technology that analyzes the sweat from a person’s fingertips looks to revolutionize the drug testing market, providing on-site results in minutes with a test so advanced it can even detect marijuana intoxication.

Using gold nanoparticles and special antibodies, the tech produced by British firm Intelligent Fingerprinting latches on to metabolites on the fingerprint and turns a specific color depending on which drug byproducts are detected.

While it can be configured to search for drugs like nicotine, methadone and cocaine, it also presents another innovation: helping to determine if someone is actively intoxicated on marijuana.

[Continues at The Raw Story]

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  • rwegley

    how is it able to determine if someone is actually currently intoxicated by marijuana vs just having it in their system?

  • rwegley

    how is it able to determine if someone is actually currently intoxicated by marijuana vs just having it in their system?

    • DeepCough

      The whole point is not to damn you for intoxication, but to damn you for just plain use.

  • DeepCough

    The whole point is not to damn you for intoxication, but to damn you for just plain use.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZGM2JWSQQN3MBE7FBT2M22RLG4 golchab

    after we eat all the monsanto foods ( or cross pollenated with GMs) they will need these devices to test which of us are vulnerable to Round-UP.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZGM2JWSQQN3MBE7FBT2M22RLG4 golchab

    after we eat all the monsanto foods ( or cross pollenated with GMs) they will need these devices to test which of us are vulnerable to Round-UP.

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Can we just end the stupid “War On Drugs” already? They already have Breathalysers to test Drunk Drivers. Not to mention the fact that Law Enforcement has little to do with having every new expensive drug testing machine that comes on the market. How about we focus on the bigger issues like the fact that Doctors are just corporate Drug Dealers in the US anyway, in case you don’t realize you’re being OWNED by Big Pharma and having your rights taken away so you can fund research for even newer drugs for your Doctor to sell you.

  • jasonpaulhayes

    Can we just end the stupid “War On Drugs” already? They already have Breathalysers to test Drunk Drivers. Not to mention the fact that Law Enforcement has little to do with having every new expensive drug testing machine that comes on the market. How about we focus on the bigger issues like the fact that Doctors are just corporate Drug Dealers in the US anyway, in case you don’t realize you’re being OWNED by Big Pharma and having your rights taken away so you can fund research for even newer drugs for your Doctor to sell you.

  • Kevturk09

    So how much is this going to cost us taxpayers? END THE WAR ON DRUGS!!!!!

  • Kevturk09

    So how much is this going to cost us taxpayers? END THE WAR ON DRUGS!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    You make it sound like it’s a bad thing…being “actively intoxicated on marijuana.”

  • jahlove63

    You make it sound like it’s a bad thing…being “actively intoxicated on marijuana.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jordan-Douglas/1803041338 Jordan Douglas

    the great thing about this is the fact that the only remaining argument against legalization of marijuana has been that there was no way to tell if someone was under the influence of the drug while behind the wheel. Now they can test for that and only the people who get caught venturing out will be subjected to criminal violations. This new technology frees up the opportunity to change the harmful laws and finally let us who safely consume at home be free to do so with out government intervention. PRAISE SCIENCE! The time may soon be near for cultural enlightenment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jordan-Douglas/1803041338 Jordan Douglas

    the great thing about this is the fact that the only remaining argument against legalization of marijuana has been that there was no way to tell if someone was under the influence of the drug while behind the wheel. Now they can test for that and only the people who get caught venturing out will be subjected to criminal violations. This new technology frees up the opportunity to change the harmful laws and finally let us who safely consume at home be free to do so with out government intervention. PRAISE SCIENCE! The time may soon be near for cultural enlightenment.

    • E.B. Wolf

      correction: “the only remaining remotely logical argument..” . But there is plenty of propaganda that is still very effective.

  • Butter Knife

    Good grief, you people are taking this totally the wrong way. This is GREAT news for the legalization movement and an end to the War on Drugs.

    Why? Because it actually allows substance testing based only what is in the system right that instant. There is a legitimate need for law enforcement and others to know if a person is high, traffic stops are precisely such a situation (yes, I am asserting that driving while high should be illegal; it is dangerous, comparable to driving while drunk). Without technology to determine, beyond a reasonable doubt, if a person is under the influence of mind-altering substance *right that instance* we are only able to determine if they have used it within x number of days.

    This will allow us to make laws that allow adults to use currently illegal substances under certain circumstances without creating an undue safety hazard. EVERYONE wins on this.

    Well, except for the people who have deluded themselves into thinking they can drive while stoned without being a threat to themselves and others. They’re pretty much fucked.

  • Butter Knife

    Good grief, you people are taking this totally the wrong way. This is GREAT news for the legalization movement and an end to the War on Drugs.

    Why? Because it actually allows substance testing based only what is in the system right that instant. There is a legitimate need for law enforcement and others to know if a person is high, traffic stops are precisely such a situation (yes, I am asserting that driving while high should be illegal; it is dangerous, comparable to driving while drunk). Without technology to determine, beyond a reasonable doubt, if a person is under the influence of mind-altering substance *right that instance* we are only able to determine if they have used it within x number of days.

    This will allow us to make laws that allow adults to use currently illegal substances under certain circumstances without creating an undue safety hazard. EVERYONE wins on this.

    Well, except for the people who have deluded themselves into thinking they can drive while stoned without being a threat to themselves and others. They’re pretty much fucked.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUKRQYSPHTE7FFLZCOHLFAECLM Axxe

      I don’t agree. Its just another way to scrutinize and tax us even more. This device was clearly made to profit from the WOD and its intended use has nothing to do with public safety and never will. It will more than likely be presented the way you did  that way to lure in people like you that believe it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=685998318 Kyle Bostick

      Stopped reading when you said driving high is dangerous and comparable to drunk driving.  Sorry bro, look it up, studies show people drive much safer high than drunk.  MUCH safer.  Am I saying everyone does?  No.  Am I saying the majority does?  Yes. 

  • E.B. Wolf

    correction: “the only remaining remotely logical argument..” . But there is plenty of propaganda that is still very effective.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUKRQYSPHTE7FFLZCOHLFAECLM Axxe

    I don’t agree. Its just another way to scrutinize and tax us even more. This device was clearly made to profit from the WOD and its intended use has nothing to do with public safety and never will. It will more than likely be presented the way you did  that way to lure in people like you that believe it.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Big Brother is not only watching, he giving us the finger too. Thanks for taking such good care of us Big Brother.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Big Brother is not only watching, he giving us the finger too. Thanks for taking such good care of us Big Brother.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FD7TC4KADAOA57V2Q7WAUZ76PU Dan Webb

    Soon, they will have a test that can detect if you’re to tired to be driving and then your insurance costs will go up so the insurance companies will lobby for even more restrictive driving laws.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FD7TC4KADAOA57V2Q7WAUZ76PU Dan Webb

    Soon, they will have a test that can detect if you’re to tired to be driving and then your insurance costs will go up so the insurance companies will lobby for even more restrictive driving laws.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FD7TC4KADAOA57V2Q7WAUZ76PU Dan Webb

    Soon, they will have a test that can detect if you’re to tired to be driving and then your insurance costs will go up so the insurance companies will lobby for even more restrictive driving laws.

  • Wastelandindustrial

    drink vitamin water that makes you test positive for ALL of the identifiable drugs. ???. Make profit.

  • Wastelandindustrial

    drink vitamin water that makes you test positive for ALL of the identifiable drugs. ???. Make profit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=685998318 Kyle Bostick

    Stopped reading when you said driving high is dangerous and comparable to drunk driving.  Sorry bro, look it up, studies show people drive much safer high than drunk.  MUCH safer.  Am I saying everyone does?  No.  Am I saying the majority does?  Yes. 

  • Dsrux

    So we killed NASA’S budget, we greatly reduced our budget for Scientific discoveries, the report they need to dip into our SS again to make ends meet, but we have enough money to research and develop this?  The War on Drugs is a War on us.

  • Dsrux

    So we killed NASA’S budget, we greatly reduced our budget for Scientific discoveries, the report they need to dip into our SS again to make ends meet, but we have enough money to research and develop this?  The War on Drugs is a War on us.

  • Poppies

    I drive better high than sober because I’m more cautious.

    Check this vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3xJrRQHCAg

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