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Accession Number PB2013-103822
Title Evaluating a Presumptive Drug Testing Technology in Community Corrections Settings.
Publication Date Aug 2012
Media Count 58p
Personal Author C. D. Uchida G. A. Aoyagi S. Flower S. E. Solomon W. R. Waugh
Abstract Justice & Security Strategies, Inc. (JSS) conducted a multi-site evaluation of a presumptive drug detection technology developed by Mistral Security Incorporated (MSI). Funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) the evaluation used multiple social scientific methods to determine whether the technology could be used in community corrections settings and whether the technology was cost-effective. The evaluation was conducted in a work release program, with probation and parole, and in a drug court in three states -- Wyoming, Alabama, and Florida. The presumptive drug detection technology (PDDT) involved the use of aerosol sprays which were used with specialized paper that react with trace elements of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana. Basically, the specialized paper is swiped onto a surface (desk, chair, or any item) or a person (hands, arms, etc.) and then the paper is sprayed with the aerosol. If the paper changes color then it indicates trace elements of a specific drug. Unlike urinalysis, Mistral's products are not meant to determine whether a person has ingested drugs, only that the person has touched, handled, or come into contact with an illegal substance.
Keywords Corrections
Criminal justice
Drug detection
Drug testing
Drug users
Substance abuse
Trace elements

Source Agency Office of Justice Programs.
NTIS Subject Category 92C - Social Concerns
91C - Fire Services, Law Enforcement, & Criminal Justice
43D - Police, Fire, & Emergency Services
Corporate Author National Inst. of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Justice Programs.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1309
Contract Number 2006-LT-BX-K001

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