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Scientists develop fingerprint drug tests * 1
    #25874810 - 03/14/19 11:54 PM (6 months, 5 days ago)


Scientists develop fingerprint drug tests, to combat amphetamine and ketamine drug use: now all they need is your fingeprint
A new era of drug testing may be on the horizon...
As if drug testing wasn’t already an invasion of privacy, Chinese scientists have developed a new form of drug detection that is going to take it to another level. It requires no blood, no urine, no hair, doesn’t even require a person’s breath to tell what kinds of drugs they’ve recently experimented with.

It requires only a single fingerprint.

The new technology was designed to combat drug use in “The People’s Republic,” and will undoubtedly give Chinese authorities unprecedented power to persecute people for their own personal choices. And should it prove successful in China, you can bet that American agencies will soon be adopting it here too.

Until now, fingerprints have been largely used to identify individuals (at crime scenes or for security purposes). The distinct swirling patterns are unique to every human being on Earth, like an individual barcode for each person.

This development, though, uses fingerprints differently. It utilizes fingerprints to identify the chemical remnants of substances in the individual’s system. Now, a single fingerprint can betray your drug habits and internal chemistry quickly, efficiently, non-invasively and accurately to authorities and employers.

Which isn’t exactly new science — this tech has been around for a while. What’s unique and disturbing about this new Chinese fingerprint drug detection technology, is that it can test for multiple drugs with a single fingerprint. Previous versions could only test for a single substance at a time, making it inefficient and expensive to test someone for a variety of different drugs.

That is no longer the case.

                                              One figure from the new research illustrating the fingerprint drug testing technology. 

As of now, the fingerprint test can be used to identify two different drugs: amphetamines and ketamine (two of the most commonly abused drugs in China). By using red and green fluorescent colors to tag each substance, researchers found that they could accurately determine ketamine and/or amphetamine levels in a person’s system just by examining the “nanocarrier-based biological fluorescent probes.”

And they don’t plan on stopping there.

“This work therefore provides a novel nanocarrier-based strategy of drug detection as well as personal identification with high selectivity, low background interference and fast testing,” the scientists wrote in the abstract to their paper. “Which can be further broadened to other drugs and molecules.”

That’s a frightening thought. Someday, in the not so distant future, fingerprints might be used to test people for cannabis, LSD, cocaine or anything else. There will be no chance to flush your system out with hot yoga classes, no chance to procure fake or clean pee for a urine test, no hope for your blood alcohol levels to drop by the time they test your blood at the police station — it will all be instant.

It will only take a single finger print.

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Re: Scientists develop fingerprint drug tests [Re: sycodelix]
    #25874897 - 03/15/19 12:49 AM (6 months, 5 days ago)

That is scary. Especially imagining it being used to persecute political opponents and dissidents, or even targeting certain communities and populations.

Even in the US it doesn't take long before shit like this is just accepted as absolute proof. And even if the technology is reliable and true, it will never be applied fairly, and people don't think about how much a community suffers, in so many ways including economically, from having its members routinely persecuted by the criminal justice system while other communities are able to operate uncompromised. Leading to all kinds of disparities.

Just think about how much money is sucked out of already suffering low income areas by the judicial system in bond payments, court fees, fines, etc. While it's members are unable to earn an income if incarcerated or unable to find work due to a record, those members very existence then has to be subsidized by the others in the community in one form or another creating a snowball effect.

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Re: Scientists develop fingerprint drug tests [Re: Holybullshit]
    #25876610 - 03/15/19 08:32 PM (6 months, 4 days ago)

In terms of personal liberty China is very backwards. As morally confused as we still are in the U.S. in many ways, I thank God I was not unlucky enough to be born in a country as confused and off the mark as China. Their social credit and surveillance system is appalling. Very unenlightened society nonetheless benefiting from Western free thought and technology and using it for dystopian purposes.

Won’t be long until American companies start using some approximation of this technology to nose around into prospective employees’ personal lifestyle habits, no doubt.

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Re: Scientists develop fingerprint drug tests [Re: CountHTML]
    #25877638 - 03/16/19 12:25 PM (6 months, 3 days ago)

Sounds like if you even touch a drug you'll be flagged for inspection
they'd probably set these up at the door when you walk in

people will be handling money and setting these things off for coke left and right

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Re: Scientists develop fingerprint drug tests [Re: Konyap]
    #25880040 - 03/17/19 02:34 PM (6 months, 2 days ago)

Although the author didn't explain, I imagine it still tests for metabolites just like every other drug test, maybe not. But it is looking for drugs inside of you, I don't know if it can differentiate between drugs on the surface or not.

I didn't know ketamine was so popular in China, strange.

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