A private investigator in Florida claims to have found a device that is capable of testing for drugÂ use with little contact, in fact he claims that it can even test places where the person you want to test has touched removing the need for confrontation. How accurate are these claims and can this truly be a valid way to test?
Victor Ortino, a former candidate for Collier sheriff, has been marketing a tool that he says allows parents and employers to secretly test their child or employee for drugs for the last year. DrugWipe, a handheld drug-detection device about the size of a candy bar, tests for drug residue in saliva and sweat. According to Ortino it can even pick up detection materials from locations and devices the person being tested have come in close contact with, perhaps even keyboards, cell phones and common objects like toothbrushes and light switches.
â€œThatâ€™s the beauty of it. The child doesnâ€™t have to be there,â€ said David Rich, a private investigator who works with Ortino. â€œThey would never know.â€
While Ortino and his coworkers are convinced others arenâ€™t so sure of the device. Even if the device is accurate just how invasive and damaging might it be in the relationships of parents and children?
â€œI think when you have to run into your childâ€™s room and sneak around to see if theyâ€™re doing drugs or not, I think the approach is wrong,â€ said Maria Delgado, executive director of Drug Free Collier, who does not endorse products. â€œIf you have a suspicion, then you need to confront that child or that person in a delicate way.â€
A negative result means never having to discuss the subject with the person tested but a positive test will need to be brought up and well before it gets to a point when school officials and jobsites could become involved along with law enforcement. DrugWipe (which is already being used in some European countries to test for drugged drivers) tests for cannabis, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, methamphetamines, Ecstasy, and benzodiazepines. The results are reported in a window on the device in about 10 minutes.