Abbott and Intoximeters today announced an agreement for Intoximeters to market Abbott’s SoToxa Mobile Test System – a handheld oral fluid roadside testing solution that rapidly and reliably detects recent drug use – alongside Intoximeters’ Alco-Sensor brand breath alcohol-testing products. This agreement will aid law enforcement agencies in their efforts to reduce the rate of drugged driving, which has become a serious road safety issue.
Together, these technologies provide police with a robust set of roadside-testing tools for the detection of alcohol on Intoximeters’ products and six drug classes on Abbott’s SoToxa including: amphetamine, benzodiazepines, cannabis (THC), cocaine, methamphetamine, and opiates.
“We’ve heard law enforcement say that non-invasive, handheld drug-detecting technology is needed immediately to combat the growing epidemic of drug-impaired driving in the U.S.,” said Chris Scoggins, senior vice president, Rapid Diagnostics, Abbott. “With SoToxa, we’re bringing a handheld drug-detecting solution to the roadside to help police officers and civic leaders keep their roadways and communities safe.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk driving crashes, totaling more than 10,000 lives per year. Furthermore, a study issued in 2018 from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) found 44 percent of drivers killed in crashes in 2016 who were tested for drug use had drugs in their system, which was up from 28 percent a decade ago.
“Intoximeters has long been about keeping roads safe, and this agreement combines more than 70 years of expertise in breath-alcohol testing with Abbott’s proven handheld technology that solves some of today’s most urgent public health and safety challenges,” said Rankine Forrester, chief executive officer, Intoximeters. “By making SoToxa available alongside the Alco-Sensor suite of products, we’re giving law enforcement agencies an end-to-end solution as they grapple with the increase of drugged drivers in their communities.”
“As marijuana legalization gathers momentum in the U.S., legislators and law enforcement have an obligation to keep our roads safe from the growing problem of drug impaired drivers,” said retired Vermont State Police Lieutenant and former Drug Recognition Expert John Flannigan, who now serves as principal at Flannigan Safety Consulting. “This partnership gives law enforcement a true, handheld analyzer that supplements officers’ drug-recognition training backed by real-world usage and numerous scientific studies.”
Intoximeters will have exclusive distribution rights for SoToxa in the United States. – NS Medical Devices