Marinette police use saliva tests to detect drugs

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — Police in northeastern Wisconsin have begun using a new saliva test that can tell them in eight minutes whether drivers have drugs in their system.

A WBAY-TV report ( ) says the tests aren’t yet admissible in court, but the results can help validate police judgment.

Marinette Police Sgt. Scott Ries says officers can use the tests when they suspect a driver is intoxicated but alcohol tests come back negative. He says the so-called Drager machine can analyze a saliva sample for the presence of seven kinds of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

Ries says the results can give officers guidance on how to proceed with a suspect.

Marinette County Judge Jim Morrison says the machine can also provide quick results for people in the early stages of drug treatment.


Information from: WBAY-TV,

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