(New York - WABC, November 13, 2006) - It's called a "DrugWipe" and with a quick swipe, its makers say it can detect drug use
Now, several Tri-State area schools are testing the technology.
School security in Newark has been busy with this process of wiping down school lockers to detect the residue of drugs.
Willie Freeman, Newark Schools Security Director: "We know that anything that you ingest is going to come out in your sweat glands and all youngsters will touch their lockers at some point in the day."
Using a small device known as a DrugWipe, limited tests have found indications of several types of drugs.
The DrugWipe picks up the residue from perspiration and can identify the drug with a simple test. It had been used by police in Germany and is distributed here by the firm Global Detection and Reporting.
Kyle Harris, Global Detection and Reporting CEO: "So the school is getting specific information about drugs being brought into the school ..."
The Newark School District has spent about $30,000 for training and implementation of the testing program in about six schools. These devices are also being marketed to parents.
It is being marketed over the Internet to families for $50 dollars per kit.
The device is being tested or used at a few other school districts in the area.
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