21st century drug and alcohol testing
iSobrietyTest develops hardware and software to help organizations quickly detect whether somebody is under the influence of drugs or alcohol by capturing their pupil’s reaction to light.
Organizations and police officers do not have an effective way to check whether someone is CURRENTLY under the influence of drugs. Classical methods using urine and blood take a long time and show up positive only hours after the person has consumed an intoxicating substance. Breathalyzer tests only detect alcohol.
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Problems with classical urine tests
Organizations can now use faster drug tests to determine if somebody is high, but the table below shows that many drugs may not even be detectable until after school or work. An intoxicated student may be let onto school grounds because a urine drug test didn’t catch anything. Or a heavy machine operator can inject heroine in the parking lot.
|Drug||How soon after taking drug will there be a positive drug test?||How long after taking drug will there continue to be a positive drug test?|
|Marijuana/Pot||1 - 3 hours||1 - 7 days|
|Crack (Cocaine)||2 - 6 hours||2 - 3 days|
|Heroin (Opiates)||2 - 6 hours||1 - 3 days|
|Speed/Uppers||4 - 6 hours||2 - 3 days|
|Angel Dust/PCP||4 - 6 hours||7 - 14 days|
|Ecstasy||2 - 7 hours||2 - 4 days|
|Benzodiazepine||2 -7 hours||1 - 4 days|
|Barbiturates||2 - 4 hours||1 - 3 weeks|
|Methadone||3 - 8 hours||1 - 3 days|
|Tricyclic Antidepressants||8 - 12 hours||2 - 7 days|
|Oxycodone||1 - 3 hours||1 - 2 days|
Urine and saliva drug tests, while accurate, require training and proper handling of fluids. Improper procedures can easily be affect the test’s reliability. Other factors such as what the person ate/drank before the test, or what over-the-counter medication they are one can also undermine the effectiveness of these common tests. Furthermore, their speed means these tests can’t be performed on a daily basis but only as a reaction to a suspected problem.
There is also an issue with ethics in forcing somebody to urinate in a cup. Or having somebody watch a student to make sure that they aren’t trying to trick the test with another person’s urine.
Biometric solution from iSobrietyTest
Iris recognition has been one of the most effectively deployed biometrics to ensure secure, efficient, and expedited processing for a broad range of identification applications. Recent advancements in capture technology, algorithms, and usability along with associated reductions in product and deployment costs have made it practical to be used for detecting on-the-spot intoxication as well.
Eye-based substance testers measure how quickly a person’s pupil reacts to changing light. For example, a drunk high student can have a much slower reaction to a brighter light than a sober one. Their main purpose is to determine whether a person is CURRENTLY under the influence of drugs or alcohol, rather than have they abused drugs in their recent history.