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Increase in number of charges being brought by police for drug driving

According to research conducted by website confused.com there has been a marked increase in the number of charges being brought by the police against UK drivers for drug driving (driving while under the influence of drugs ) since the introduction of the roadside drug test known as the drugalyser in 2015. The drugalyser tests an oral fluid sample.
Oral fluid saliva drug testing kits

Changes To Drug Driving Law In UK occurred in March 2015 & Roadside Drug Drive Test Kits

The UK government brought new legislation into effect on 2nd March 2015 which will allows the police to perform roadside drug testing using a roadside oral saliva drug testing kits or 'drugalyser' called Drugwipe.
Oral fluid saliva drug testing kits

Which drugs are tested for on roadside drug test

Initially the police will be using the roadside tests to screen for Cannabis and Cocaine. If they suspect other drugs have been used they may take the driver to the police station for further tests. A positive result on the roadside drug test will result in the driver being taken to the police station for a blood test.

The drugs that may be tested for under the new law include Cannabis, Cocaine, Ecstasy and Ketamine & Benzodiazepines, Methadone, Morphine or opiates.

Are prescription drugs covered under the new roadside drug test

The following prescription drugs will also be covered under the new rules: Benzodiazepines including : Clonazepam, Diazepam, Flunitrazepam (also known as Rohypnol) , Lorazepam, Oxazepam and Temazepam
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Drug Driving Test Kits

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Detection times

Drugs are detected in saliva for up to a maximum of 72 hours after last use although many drugs including Cannabis are cleared much more quickly. Cannabis is usually only detectable in saliva for up to 12 hours since last use. The advantage of saliva drug screening for roadside testing is that it looks for active impairment, as it mainly detects drugs that have been consumed within hours of the test being performed rather than days.

Cut off levels illegal drugs

It is an offence in the UK to drive with any illegal drugs above a specified level in your blood even if they haven’t affected your driving ability. It is also an offence if you’re unfit to drive because you’re on legal or illegal drugs (including presciption drugs)

Cocaine (Benzoylecgonine) 10 micrograms per litre
Cannabis limit 2 micrograms per litre
LSD 1 micrograms per litre
Ketamine 20 micrograms per litre
MDMA, ecstasy and crystal meth having 10 micrograms per litre
Heroin 5 micrograms per litre

Cut off levels for prescription drugs

The cut off levels for most prescription drugs are above the normal dose for the drug.

Limits UK

The UK drug driving limits are set so that passive inhalation of Cannabis will not cause a driver to be over the legal limit, but being under the influence of drugs while driving will give a positive result.

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