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Law to be changed to allow hair analysis to detect drug use

Published on Nov 12, 2012 4:39 PM
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Law enforcers will introduce hair analysis to complement urine tests in detecting drug consumption, under amendments to the Drugs Misuse Act. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG  

LAW enforcers will introduce hair analysis to complement urine tests in detecting drug consumption, under amendments to the Drugs Misuse Act.

It is one of several changes the Ministry of Home Affairs is making to improve anti-drug enforcemen,t in the face of a worsening drug situation in the region.

Speaking in Parliament on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said that hair analysis can detect drugs months after consumption.

In contrast, urine tests, which are the main way Singapore tests for drug abuse currently, are effective for a few days from the time of abuse.

 
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