In October 2017, Summit Recreational Retreat hosted a segment for the Today Show’s Investigative Unit’s story on the Drugalyzer, a portable drug-detecting unit that can be employed during traffic stops and accidents. The producer also asked if we might have 4 volunteers who’d be willing to do a blind test of the unit–two who would get high (one smoking, one consuming edibles) and two who’d remain straight. I volunteered to consume the pot-infused edibles.
“The Dräger DrugTest 5000, or drugalyzer, tests for seven different types of drugs, including THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. The company says it can detect whether someone has smoked or eaten pot up to six hours earlier.
To find out if the drugalyzer really works, TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen and the Rossen Reports team set up an extreme experiment at Summit Recreational Retreat in Parker, Colorado, near Denver, using four subjects: one who was high after smoking marijuana, one high after eating it, and two people who were sober. The results were revealing.”
Note: Introducing the story, Jeff Rossen mentions that pot-related traffic fatalities have increased 145% in Colorado. That sounds like a frightening number so I decided to research further. Here’s what I found: In 2013 there were 627 traffic fatalities and pot was deemed to be involved in 47 of those fatalities. In 2016, there were 880 fatalities and 115 involved pot. A disturbing trend, however, these figures put the issue in a more accurate perspective.
The biggest cause of traffic crashes (non fatal) in Colorado? Distracted driving.