In the never-ending war on drugs, police have discovered a new forensic method to test for cocaine through an individual’s fingerprint.

This method, developed by scientists from the UK and Netherlands, involves using a particular type of paper that is able to detect chemicals within sweat that are created when they metabolize cocaine.

Cocaine is one of the most popular party drugs for raves but can also be one of the most dangerous. Like MDMA, no one can certainly know its contents or strength without a drug testing kit.

According to researchers, this new test is reportedly 99% accurate, and there’s no escaping it – washing your hands will not make a difference.

Dr. Melanie Bailey of Surrey University explained the importance of this test, as well as where she sees it progressing:

“This is a real breakthrough in our work to bring a real time, non-invasive drug-testing method to the market that will provide a definitive result in a matter of minutes – we are already working on a 30-second method.”

If this new method proves to be reliable, it should be a major step forward for law enforcement and also the safety of people at events like raves and festivals.


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