The testing of suspected drugs by most crime laboratories can take several weeks. Because of this delay, and with the cooperation of Prosecuting Attorneys, many police agencies have now turned to presumptive drug testing kits. If the results of the presumptive drug test indicate an illegal substance, criminal charges may be filed. The substance can then be sent to the crime laboratory for gas chromatography/mass spectrometry confirmation.
Nik® Test Pouches/Kit Refill Pouches consist of a heavy-duty, flexible plastic pouch which contains pre-filled, hermetically sealed glass ampoules held together by a plastic harness as well as a drug loading device. The glass ampoules contain a pre-measured volume of the required chemicals to preform the test.
In order to test an unknown substance, simply slide off the pouch clip and, using the loading device, place a small amount of the unknown substance in the pouch. Break the glass ampules (from left to right). Agitate the solution in the pouch and watch for the color change(s). Next, compare the color(s) of the solution to the color(s) printed on each pouch.
Reagent shelf life is indefinite if stored out of direct sunlight and at room temperature.
NEW: For information on presumptively testing suspected "Bath Salts" drugs, see below.
Bath Salts are a chemical formulation that produce a number of reactions similar to cocaine or amphetamines when ingested. They can cause severe hallucinations, delusions, suicidality, and agitation in addition to physical symptoms like chest pain, increased blood pressure, and increased pulse. Unfortunately, there is no way to determine if a person has taken this drug unless s/he lets someone know.
In September 2011, the DEA invoked emergency scheduling authority to control three chemicals used in the creation of bath salts, and the plan is to make these drugs illegal. Currently, they are still legal in several states.
Testing by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Laboratory has determined that the main chemical used in creating bath salts, Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MPDV), can be presumptively detected with the use of three kits. Because the kits also test for other substances, it is advised to use all three kits to avoid confusion with other substances.
NIK Test A - Marquis Reagent - results are bright yellow
NIK Test G - Scott Reagent - results are a blue color after breaking the first ampoule
NIK Test U - results are dark blue or purple
Notice: These items can be purchased by law enforcement agencies, government agencies, or crime labs only.