The Future of Drug Testing
Magazine reports on a new drug-detection patch under development by
"For the monitor to work, employees first have to have four microscopic
holes -- about the size of a human hair -- burnt into the outer layer of
their skin by a handheld laser... The oval patch houses a miniature vacuum
pump that sucks out interstitial fluid, a clear, water-like fluid that
surrounds cells in the body.") When a drug is detected, a miniature
transmitter sends out an alert signal.
The invasive nature of this monitoring
device, along with the steep $300 price tag, leads to the conclusion that
few people would *voluntarily* use such a device. Thus the "market" for the
device will almost certainly be comprised of people compelled by courts or
employers to use it.
already in use are drug detecting sweat patches (http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/ANSWERS/ANS00674.html)
which are cheap, but easily removed.
Read more about the patch here: