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Can opioids be detected by ignition interlock devices?

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Can opioids be detected by ignition interlock devices?

POSTED ON: 08/26/2021

We know an ignition interlock device is designed to detect alcohol. But can it also detect drugs such as opioids?

How does interlock technology work?

Smart Start of Alabama's interlock devices use state of the art fuel cell technology to detect alcohol on someone's breath. But many people wonder if the technology can detect other things too.

Our devices detect alcohol

No, our interlock devices do no detect opioids. One current limitation to breath testing is that it only measures alcohol, whereas a blood test can measure alcohol and drugs. Measuring your BrAC works for ignition interlock device technology since measuring the alcohol content and separating drinking from driving is the alcohol tester device's purpose.

Let’s talk a little more about opioids

There’s a growing prescription opiate epidemic in the U.S., and many people are experiencing struggles due to opioid use. Researchers say that use of prescription opioids by drivers is associated with significantly increased risks of crash.

Additionally, available data suggest that co-use of alcohol and opioids is common and likely contributes to opioid overdose-related health issues and death.

While the use of opioids alone won't be detected by interlock devices, these devices will prevent someone who’s alcohol-impaired, whether they are abusing multiple drugs and alcohol or just alcohol, from driving.

Don't drive if you're impaired in any way!

Both drugged driving and drunk driving laws vary by state. If you intend to drive, the safest option is not to have any alcohol or drugs in your system at all. Smart Start of Alabama suggests taking safety precautions before getting behind the wheel. If you feel drowsy, dizzy, or any other feeling that could inhibit your driving, do not drive even if you think you've waited long enough after using altering substances. Driving under the influence of drugs, even prescription medication, and alcohol is illegal and dangerous.

Call us for help

If you find yourself in a situation where you need an interlock device, or if you’d like to keep yourself accountable with being sober behind the wheel, give us a call at (866) 447-8686. We will walk through the process with you and schedule an installation appointment. You can also initiate this process and get a 20% discount by filling out our online contact form.

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