Forensic Fluids Laboratories released information reflecting their extensive data collection found in each county they service in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio and the top drugs of choice circulated in each state.
The data supports the findings that in all three states, the top drugs in the serviced counties are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) ranking as the top drug in all states, followed by Amphetamine and Methamphetamine. Other drugs detected in the analyses include Opiates, Cocaine, and Methadone. Complete results are available at forensicfluids.com.
THC is the physiological active component found in cannabis, and Forensic Fluids Laboratories recognizes the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in December of 2018 in Michigan may be relevant to higher statistics of THC. Specifically, THC is the most detected at 72 percent in Michigan with FFL providing testing services in all 83 counties. With tests conducted in 68 of Ohio’s 88 counties, THC is the top drug at 51 percent.
Finally, testing in all 92 Indiana counties resulted in THC as the highest used drug at 70 percent.
Michigan’s second most prevalent drugs are Amphetamine and Buprenorphine, with Ohio and Indiana both reflecting Amphetamine as their second.
The samples are tested in the lab to determine if any drugs are present, with identification of the type of drug and quantitation. The laboratory uses their oral fluid processing method for the most accurate readings. Many courts and employers rely on the credibility of Forensic Fluids Laboratories to provide the most timely and efficient results. This is additionally verified through FFL’s work with the Michigan State Police.
The internal data from FFL lab experts supports the results of the Michigan State Police pilot roadside drug testing program, which ran from November of 2017 to November of 2018. The program was administered in five Michigan counties to test drivers operating their vehicles under the influence of drugs. The findings demonstrate that THC is the highest active drug found in these roadside tests. The program will continue into 2019, with FFL providing secondary confirmation testing.