SCIENTISTS READY TEST TO DETECT METH USE
- May 30, 2018
Every year, more than a million people use methamphetamine, or “meth,” for short, for non-medical purposes in the United States. In fact, while it was initially developed for the treatment of ADHD and obesity, non-medical usage of the drug is now far more common than medically-prescribed usage. Those that use meth for nonmedical purposes often do so for the stimulative effects—to help stay awake or to help focus better on tasks, for example. These effects, associated with higher work performance, make meth use and abuse a justifiable and significant concern for many employers.
Scientists in Korea are attempting to address these concerns by developing a portable urine test that is able to quickly detect the use of methamphetamines. The test, which relies on a wireless sensor and smartphone application, and can be worn as a bracelet, is believed to be able to detect methamphetamine use in just seconds. The scientists hope this test can be a revolutionary tool to help employers reduce workplace injuries and other accidents.
Methamphetamines are a highly addictive substance. If you are worried that you or someone you love may be developing an addiction to methamphetamines, you should speak with a certified addiction specialist at the earliest opportunity.
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