UBC lab develops new, portable drug-checking device ahead of limited decriminalization

A lab at the University of British Columbia is working on new drug-checking technology, including a device they say can identify lower concentrations of drug components.

Sara Guzman, a graduate student working at UBC’s Hein Lab, is helping test a new, portable version of high-performance liquid chromatography instruments, or HPLCs, which she says can identify drug concentrations below five per cent.

“We are hoping to lower the barriers associated with this high-quality analytical technology and translate it into drug-checking,” she said. 

“It will increase sensitivity but also effectiveness and reduce human error.”

The technology comes as B.C. is set to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs by the end of

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