New simple saliva test detects ‘date rape’ drugs in minutes

New Saliva Test detects date rape drugs

The New Test Can Detect 6 Date Rape Drugs

Researchers at Loughborough University, UK and the University of Cordoba, Spain have developed a simple saliva test that can differentiate between victims of the ‘date rape’ drug GHB and those poisoned by counterfeit alcohol.

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The saliva test detects the presence of methanol, ethanol, ethylene glycol, propan 1,3 glycol and -hydroxybutyric acid (GHB). GHB is a central nervous system depressant that is slipped into a victim’s drink to numb their senses or render them unconscious. Unlike other ‘date rape’ drugs that can last in the victim’s system for up to 72 hours, GHB leaves a victim’s body within 12 hours of being taken.

Methanol, ethanol, ethylene glycol, and propan 1,3 glycol are industrial chemicals sometimes found in counterfeit alcohol. These substances can have numerous harmful effects on the victim, and early detection is vital for gathering evidence in cases of drug-facilitated assault or robbery.

“This new test looks for alcohols and poisons in human saliva,” explained Loughborough Professor of Analytical Science, Paul Thomas. Scientists behind the new method claim it will be as simple as taking a temperature with a thermometer. This new test will allow medical staff to quickly diagnosis GHB or alcohol poisoning in apparently drunk patients.

The researchers are now working towards clinical trials in hospital emergency departments, where the test will be put through its paces in a real-life setting.

Read the original article at Daily Mail