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New test kit helps Abu Dhabi police detect synthetic drugs

The CID has joined efforts with an international company to introduce a new lab test to help detect traces of synthetic drugs in samples from suspected drug users.

Abu Dhabi Police can now test suspects for use of new synthetic drugs.

The Criminal Investigation Department has joined efforts with an international company to introduce a new lab test that helps authorities detect traces of synthetic drugs in samples from suspected drug users.

"Previous tests to confirm whether a person has used synthetic drugs or not were limited [in scope], compared to traditional drugs," said Lt Col Dr Nawal Al Katheeri, head of the chemical tests section.

Before, the testing process lacked agents that specifically targeted such drugs which have grown in popularity in recent years.

"The collaboration with the company that manufactures those agents has led to a big achievement, which is the detection of synthetic drugs automatically and consistently," Lt Col Al Katheeri said.

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