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Drug detecting breath test developed for A&E departments

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 A new breath test for drug use has been developed that could allow health professionals to test for drug use without needing to take blood or urine samples.

The research found that traces of drugs could be found on the exhalation of patients who had been treated in A&E departments for an overdose of amphetamine or methamphetamine.

The test involves breathing through a mask for 10 minutes before the collected air is filtered and analysed.

 

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