Say hello to DRUID, the app that one psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston hopes will help drivers and their friends realize when they are too high to drive.
DRUID, an acronym playing on driving under the influence of drugs, does not provide an analysis of how much of marijuana’s active ingredient, THC, is in a person’s blood. Instead, the app plays more like a video game, with several tasks the user must complete. These include a counting game, where the player stops a timer after 60 seconds go by; a task where you follow a circle with your finger while paying attention to squares on the side of the screen; and a balance test, where you stand on one leg while keeping the device in your hand. After completion of the tests, DRUID grades the user’s impairment.
Impairment Is More Than a Number
While many efforts are underway in order to create more reliable marijuana testing devices, such as pot breathalyzers, the developer of DRUID does not believe that these devices will be very useful. This is because, while pot breathalyzers could give police an idea of how much THC is in someone’s blood, THC levels do not measure impairment. Frequent users of marijuana could have elevated levels of THC in their blood for weeks following use. Marijuana stays in the system for a long time, so a driver who smoked during a house party the weekend prior might still be above the legal limit for THC the following Thursday. Apps like DRUID, which measure impairment, not THC, could be a more accurate way of determining a driver’s fitness to drive.
The app is currently only available on iPads, but will make the transition to iPhones and Android devices in the coming months.
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