A team at the University of Surrey have developed a new testing method that can reportedly detect cocaine use in as little as 30 seconds. Using paper spray mass spectrometry the test picks up chemical traces excreted from the skin when a user has taken the drug.
Dr Melanie Bailey, who co-led the study said “It is non-invasive, hygienic and can’t be faked. By the nature of the test, the identity of the subject, and their drug use, is all captured within the sample itself.”
The test is 99% effective, even if the user has washed their hands, the team are currently pursuing a partnership with the NHS to place the test in hospitals where early detection can mean life or death, it could also transform the fight against drug driving and drug abuse in the work place.