The Straits Times
Published on Nov 12, 2012

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


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