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Roadside Drug testing forum


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Currently around 30,000 tests are conducted each year in NSW

Police plan toincrease this to 97,000 in 2017

$6 million spent on roadside salivadrug testing kits, plus thousandsof hours of police and court timeeach year



Police Standard Operating Procedures are clear, the testing isNOT for impairment, only for the presence of drugs

Recent cases have had people testing positive a full 9 days after consuming drugs



In theory police test for:

• 25 nanograms per milligram for THC

• 50 nanograms per milligram for amphetamines and MDMA

BUT recent cases have included prosecutions following trace amounts.


These levelshave no relation to impairment

They do not test for heroin, cocaine, LSD, prescription painkillers orbenzodiazepines (Valium) at all

UK research shows cocaine and benzodiazepines in particular present in large number of crashes

Testingsystems currently used can test for all of these



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