NFSTC helps indicate misleading drug tests

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A recent controversial tweet from a health worker showed how energy drinks, like Red Bull and Bang, tested positive for drugs. This created a viral conversation on whether the claim was misleading or not, and also showed the flaws that some tests can have.

When there is a questionable substance at the scene, law enforcements typically use a substance test called colorimetric testing to indicate the possible presence or absence of the substance.

Snopes shared a helpful video guide produced by FIU’s National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) showing an example of the use of a colorimetric drug field test. During the video, chemistry research project manager at NFSTC@FIU, Kirk Gates goes step-by-step on the process.

Essentially, these kits will help law enforcements make plausible decisions on making an arrest before going into confirmatory tests results in the laboratories.

Read the full story by Dan MacGuill on Snopes.