Capital cops armed with
on-the-spot drug test kit

The Abu Dhabi Police will soon be able to administer drug tests on the spot and get the results within five minutes — with police touting the amatuer tool could also be used by suspicious parents.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 18 Aug 2013, 12:47 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:11 PM

Abu Dhabi Police Criminal Evidence Department Director Colonel Abdul-Rahman Al Hamadi said the Abu Dhabi Police would be the first in the Middle East to use the tests, after it secured the franchise to the drug-testing kit that would cut test outcome waiting times from more than a day to less than five minutes, according to a Press release.

Al Hamadi said the test kit could be easily used and do not need a technician. “Any person can be trained to collect urine specimen and know how to read the results which will specify the type of drug detected in the urine.”

First adjutant expert Ibrahim Al Howssani, from the drugs and poisons branch — chemical analysis section, was the person responsible for recommending the kit.

He said the idea had been generated during an international conference which discussed the methods of testing urine to detect drugs. He then began searching and came across a company that manufactured such kit. The test could initially detect six different drugs, but Al Howssani said they worked with the manufacturing firm which increased the detection capabilities to include 12 different drugs.

The tests would be carried out on the scene, with results available within three to five minutes — with no need to collect a suspect’s sample and send it to the forensic laboratory for analysis.

The kit could also be used by families who suspected their children of using drugs, he said.

Abu Dhabi Police Ports and Security Affairs Director-General Brigadier Dr Saif Bu Dhafirah Al Amri said the acquisition of the latest gear was part of the police keenness to make the UAE a pioneer in terms of using recent scientific innovation to ensure justice.

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