It's said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Thanks to the pupillometer in the Franklin County Municipal Court Probation Office, they have also become windows to drug detection. This machine isn't new. In fact, it's been in service since 2014. Its use by the court serves two very important purposes. One, it is an immediate way of testing a person for substance abuse. And two, it saves the taxpayers a lot of money.
Here's how the pupillometer works for drug testing. First, a baseline reading is done while a person is sober. This is stored for later comparison for when they are suspected of substance abuse. The next time a test is performed the pupillometer will look for distinct differences in the eyes as it scans. Each different reaction corresponds to a particular substance. So not only does it perform instant drug testing, but there is evidence that it even knows what you are using.
The question becomes, how accurate is this test? As it turns out, it's very accurate. At least in the way it is used. The test itself isn't the lone determination as to whether or not a person is under the influence of any substance. Instead, it's used to narrow down the amount of people that are sent for drug testing. That is how it saves the taxpayer money. Before the pupillometer was used, everyone that was suspected of substance abuse was sent for drug testing. This process is slow and rather expensive. Now, using the pupillometer first, the number of people that are sent out for further testing is greatly reduced thus saving time and money.
With new and improved ways being developed to test for substance abuse, it's becoming harder and harder for people to find ways to "game the system". The best thing that you can do now if facing any kind of drug or alcohol related charge is to contact an attorney.