Scientists say they have developed the first simple saliva test to detect if a person has recently taken the psychoactive drug Spice.
The test, which takes about five minutes, can be performed on the spot and identifies whether synthetic cannabinoids have been smoked and if so, at what concentration. It is hoped that it can be used by healthcare professionals to better treat those who have taken Spice, who may be unconscious, incoherent or experiencing psychosis.
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Woman seeks partner for spicy braintree Scientists say the partned method of testing for such substances is a urine or blood sample that is sent to a laboratory, with results taking days to come. Spice is not a single substance and can be one or a mixture of more than subtly different man-made chemicals, making testing for it difficult.
This means a precautionary approach is often followed for such patients, which may not be the optimal course of treatment, scientists say. The university hosted a session with representatives from the NHS, drug charities and homeless charities. Scientists develop on-the-spot saliva test for the drug Spice.
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