KUALA LUMPUR: The National Anti-Drugs Agency will embark on a pioneer study to detect drug abuse by using two Instant Visual Drug Detectors (IVDD 2.0).
Its director-general, Zulkifli Abdullah, said the device was able to detect drug abuse in an individual through eye-screening sensors.
He said the study would be carried out for six months before deciding on further use of the device.
“Hopefully, the technology will produce satisfactory results so that we can have a less intrusive drug detection method, which is also faster, safer and cleaner,” he told reporters after the device handing-over ceremony today.
The two IVDDs, costing RM136,000, were received from the supplier, Nyla Sdn Bhd, through the company’s corporate initiative programme with the agency.
Zulkifli said the effectiveness of the device would be tested during integrated operations in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, especially at entertainment centres, people’s housing project areas and schools.
“We will also be identifying drug abuse areas and hotspots so that, at the same time, we can test the effectiveness of the device during inspections.”
He said the collaborative approach with various parties should be expanded by taking proactive measures to prevent drug abuse.