Researchers from the University of Bat in the UK have developed an innovative and affordable device that can successfully detect synthetic cannabinoids such as “Spice” and K2. It is expected that this device will soon be implemented throughout the UK.
The primary purpose of this drug detector is to identify synthetic cannabinoids, which are frequently used in prisons and among the homeless population. These substances can be extremely dangerous, leading to death and causing various serious side effects such as psychosis, stroke, and cramps.
The researchers are optimistic that their invention will help reduce the smuggling of these drugs into prisons. Professor Christopher Padni, who is leading the study, highlighted the device’s key features: it runs on battery power, is user-friendly, inexpensive, and provides instant results.
The specifications and potential of the device have been detailed in the journal Analytical Chemistry. The researchers plan to begin mass production of the device in the coming months and are currently seeking a manufacturing company capable of producing it on a large scale.
The device operates by analyzing the fluorescent properties of the synthetic cannabinoid molecules. If the device detects a suspected substance, it first identifies the material and then checks for the presence of drugs. If drugs are detected, a light alarm is triggered.
It should be noted that “Spice,” originally intended to simulate the effects of natural cannabis, is significantly stronger and more dangerous, making it unpredictable.
In the future, the researchers plan to modify the device to detect other complex compounds, including benzodiazepines and opioids.