Over the years, various forms of alcohol and drug testing have been available. Breathalyzer tests have been the main components for testing alcohol levels. Drug testing, however, has most often but put under urine samples. But, on March 10, 2015, researchers announced the development of a breathalyzer test that is effective with drug testing.
There are several reasons why developers have worked so hard to change the testing methods for drug use.
Privacy Issues: In the case of urine samples – they have been suggested by critics to be an inconvenient approach. They also resulted in an embarrassing violation of privacy for the individuals taking the tests. By offering breathalyzer tests rather than urine samples, it makes it easier and less violating for everyone involved.
Prohibits Cheating: If an individual is aware that they are going to be required to take a drug test, urine samples make it all too easy to cheat. In some cases, individuals are searched to make sure they are not carrying a case or vile of alternative urine. However, in looser situations, someone can easily pocket a case or vile and claim it as their own. Breathalyzer tests are done on the spot and offer no room for cheaters.
Inefficient Testing Results
Urine tests have been the main form of drug testing for years; however, they contain several flaws. While most urine samples result in correct results, several holes still leave several tests subject to misinterpretation.
Unreliable Interpretation: In some cases, urine has been found to be too diluted to offer a clear reading. Because of this, the test automatically reads the test as negative, despite the fact that it is not reliable.
Impossible Measurements: Urine tests are able to detect drugs in the system that have been used in the past week only. They have no way of determining how often the drug is used, how impaired the individual is by the drug or whether they are taking the drug due to a substance disorder that requires treatment.
Incorrect Readings: Since urine tests detect drug use, prescription drugs result in a positive reading. Over-the-counter drugs, such as Tylenol, cannot be distinguished from illegal substances with a urine test. Because of this, it is impossible to determine whether someone has illegal drugs in their system or a simple prescription. The technology involved in drug breathalyzer testing is able to depict the difference between illegal and prescription drugs, making it more reliable.
How Do They Work?
Once a drug is absorbed into the bloodstream, the aerosol particles combined with breathing become contaminated. Because of this, the drugs within the body’s system become highlighted through a breathalyzer. The breathalyzer test selectively collects the aerosol particles on a filter and detects drugs in the system.
Where Will They be Used?
Roadside Checks: Several lawful roadside checks will contain breathalyzer tests in order to make sure no drivers are under the influence while driving.
Accident Scenes: Officers of the law will contain drug breathalyzers at all times. This way, if someone is pulled over or at an accident scene, if the officer has reason to believe they are under the influence, the ability to test that will be at hand.
Workplaces: Several work environments have to go under monthly drug tests. This provides drug-free work environments that benefit both employees and customers. In the past, these tests were always performed by receiving a urine sample, but breathalyzers will make it quick and easy for everyone involved.
Criminal Justice System: If an individual is arrested, police stations as well as county jails will all hold breathalyzer tests that can be used for violators of the law.
If someone is currently addicted to illegal drugs, they can easily see that technology is advancing and hiding is getting harder. Rather than ending up in jail, individuals can seek inpatient care for their addiction. While there are outpatient treatment options, inpatient care offers several added bonuses.
Structure: Patients will be put under structured schedules that will keep them busy and recovering 24/7.
Supervision: Patients will be under constant supervision. This means that during things like panic attacks, hardships or withdrawal, there will be someone there 24/7 who can help.
Self: Patients focus on themselves and their recovery and nothing else. During their recovery, they will not have to worry about the outside world, family, friends or jobs. The most important thing is their recovery and, in inpatient care, they are able to focus only on that.
With the advancement of drug depiction technology, individuals can rest assured that more drugs are getting off the street, out of the community and away from the people.