Philips Develops Saliva-Based Roadside Drug-Testing Device (Aug. 6, 2009) — Philips developed an on-the-go drug testing device that can be used by the side of the road to test suspected imbibers for cocaine, heroin, cannabis, amphetamines and methaphetamine.

philips_drugdetectorUnlike the standard alcohol testing device, this equipment is used by having the suspect spit into a small receptacle, which is then inserted into the measurement chamber which contains magnetic nanoparticles coated with ligands that bind to one of five different drug groups, delivering color coded test results in about 90 seconds.

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 built it as an optical device that would be easy to mass produce for law enforcement. The company hopes to release this to cops in Europe by the end of this year.

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