Voluntary Oral Fluid Drug Testing Research Project
on Impaired driving
The Albany and Laramie County Sheriff’s Departments have partnered with the Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving by participating in an oral fluid drug testing research project that is being conducted in Albany and Laramie counties. This research project is an effort to gauge the scope of drugged driving in Wyoming.
It is suspected, but not yet proven with statistical data, that Colorado’s recent legalization of medical and recreational marijuana has contributed to this public safety concern. The Albany and Lasramie County Sheriff’s Departments participation in this research project will help to provide essential statistical data regarding this issue.
The Governor’s Council purchased two Draeger 5000 Analyzer Units and has placed one in each detention center in Albany and Laramie Counties. These units can provide a fast, accurate test to detect the presence of amphetamines, designer amphetamines, opiates, cocaine and metabolites, benzodiazepines, cannabinoids and methadone.
All persons arrested in Albany and Laramie County for DUI, and subsequently booked into the detention facility, will be asked to voluntarily submit to an oral fluid swab test to detect the presence of these drugs. These persons will be under no legal obligation to do so. Persons arrested for suspected Drug Impaired Driving are not asked to submit a sample.
The results of the oral swab are not used for arrest or prosecution purposes. There are no identifiers (name, date of birth, address, or any information associated with the arrest) recorded with the sample. It is being used for statistical purposes only.
The statistical results of all volunteered oral fluid drug tests in Albany and Laramie counties are submitted to the Council Facilitator on a monthly basis and the results posted on this website on a periodic basis - every six months and yearly.