Could fingerprints be the key to accurate drug testing in the future? If you would have asked me this a few days ago, I would have thought you were crazy, but after learning about the Reader 1000, I believe that they very well could be.
The Reader 1000 was developed by Intelligent Fingerprinting, a firm based out of the U.K. This device when tested showed significant accuracy in testing both the living and the dead for four different classes of intoxicants.
The test was proven to be 93% accurate for amphetamine testing, 96% accurate in opiate testing, 95% reliable in screening for cocaine use and 99% effective in detecting the use of cannabis.
The test works by detecting the absence, or presence of metabolites from the four different drug classes. It does so via a portable analysis unit and cartridge which collects sweat from the fingertips of subjects being tested.
The accuracy of the test on deceased subjects was also confirmed by coroners which tested the system on 75 subjects and compared them to the results of standardized testing which was performed in a controlled environment.
According to David Russel, the founder of Intelligent Fingerprinting and a professor at the University of East Anglia in the U.K., the Reader 1000 "matched the coroners’ drug test results obtained using [the] fingerprint drug screen with a second sample tested in laboratory conditions, achieving excellent correlation in terms of accuracy.”
They also compared the results with the ”toxicological analysis of blood and urine samples, with a good correlation of results."This simple to use, non-invasive technology could very well change drug testing as we know it. The device is already in use within morgues in the U.K. as well as in schools, work environments, and drug treatment centers.Posted: Monday, October 29th, 10:00am 2 months ago
Ashley is a freelance cannabis writer and the co-owner of CannaLance. Her passion for sharing education and truth surrounding cannabis stems from a personal loss. Ashley has always had an elevated relationship with cannabis but it wasn't until 2015 that she turned that passion and relationship into a career as a cannabis writer.