Draeger Symposium at Washington Traffic Safety Conference Explores Benefits of Oral Fluid Drug Testing in Law Enforcement

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Opportunity for officers/DREs to learn how oral fluid drug screening programs can enhance DUID enforcement in their areas

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Officers need an accurate, easy and fast method for DUID detection and oral fluid drug screening has proven to meet that need.

Draeger Safety Diagnostics will hold an Oral Fluid Drug Symposium at the Washington Traffic Safety Conference in Seattle on October 13 at 5:30 p.m. PT. Law enforcement officers and drug recognition experts (DREs) will learn about oral fluid drug screening and how they can implement this testing method to improve driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) enforcement in their areas. For more information or to register for the event, click here.

Drugged driving is a growing concern nationwide and especially in the states that have legalized marijuana for recreational and/or medicinal use. Oral fluid drug screening is one of the most reliable methods to test for commonly-abused drugs such as amphetamines, opiates, methadone, and more. In fact, in May 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services cited the benefits of oral fluid over urine testing, including enhanced flexibility, fewer invalid tests, and time savings.

“Officers need an accurate, easy and fast method for DUID detection and oral fluid drug screening has proven to meet that need,” said Draeger Safety Diagnostics President Michael Willis. “We are excited for the opportunity to educate officers and DREs on this testing method and how they can incorporate it into their DUID enforcement efforts to improve highway safety.”

Draeger has decades of experience with alcohol measurement technology and drug detection procedures. The company’s oral fluid drug detection system, the Draeger DrugTest® 5000, is currently used by police departments across the U.S. The system uses a subject’s oral fluid to test for seven types of the most commonly abused drugs. Testing with the DrugTest 5000 is non-invasive, and when the device is used correctly the officer does not come into contact with the donor’s oral fluid. Most importantly, it can be used roadside for detection of DUID. For more information on the DrugTest 5000, visit the Draeger Safety Diagnostics website.

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