Italian researchers recently developed a new process that could some day assist law enforcement in a more accurate detection of illegal drugs. A team of chemists from the University of Parma and the University of Brescia recently created a system that has the capacity to analyze all varieties of methamphetamine drugs as opposed to a single recipe.

Researchers published this innovative method for sniffing out speed in the journal Angewandte Chemie, which explains how their concept has the ability to strip away the challenges associated with detecting the subtle changes dope cookers are making to designer drugs that can make it difficult for common street cops to recognize.

The new meth-testing sensor, which is similar to a basic litmus test, works by honing in on a specific molecular compound found in all forms of methamphetamine (+NH2–CH3). Researchers point out that in laboratory trials, the procedure detected multiple types of methamphetamine and cocaine, but it did not register caffeine, sugars, and other common cutting agents.

“We have demonstrated that it is possible to build a device which is capable of detecting the entire class of methamphetamines with extremely high selectivity in water,’ said lead researcher, Enrico Dalcanale, who adds the system may also be a useful tool for monitoring water supplies.

If this is the case, perhaps this latest advancement in dope probing will be embraced by United Kingdom, where scientists recently discovered significant traces of cocaine in the drinking water.

Regardless, it seems as though drug detection devices are a hot item in the world as of late. Earlier this year, HIGH TIMES reported on a company in New Zealand that has developed a product called Meth Minder, which is a hardwired device that can be installed in rental properties to alert landlords if their tenants are cooking or smoking meth. And just this week, a former Canadian Mountie announced that he had invented the marijuana breathalyzer. 

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