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Northeastern Wisconsin police debut "saliva" drug test

Northeastern Wisconsin police debut
Posted September 11th, 2013 @ 9:21am by Associated Press

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.

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.

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