Customers, including the Minnesota Department of Corrections, utilize the MX908 handheld device to keep corrections officers and inmates safe from drug exposure and prevent overdoses.
908 Devices Inc. (Nasdaq: MASS), a pioneer of handheld and desktop mass spectrometers designed specifically for chemical and biomolecular analysis, today shared details about the positive impact of the MX908 handheld mass spectrometer to correctional facility customers across the U.S. in detecting illegal drugs by mail enter The MX908 is used to detect and identify illegal drugs, protecting prison officers, inmates and other people in the process. The sensitivity and specificity of the device ensure that trace amounts of drugs are detected and false alarms are greatly reduced.
Drug overdose deaths in state prisons have risen more than 600% over the past 20 years. Drugs are sent through the mail in various methods, including infused into paper for consumption or in powder form, which can be accidentally inhaled or touched by correctional officers and prisoners. With the MX908, officers can quickly scan letters and packages to collect samples and identify hundreds of compounds in seconds. The name of the detected drug is displayed directly on the screen, leading to a rapid remediation effort for substances commonly found in detention letters, including synthetic cannabinoids, cathinones and synthetic opioids. MX908 technology has become an essential component of operations at the Warren County, KY jail as well as Departments of Corrections in Colorado, Indiana and Minnesota.
“The MX908 has been an integral tool to combat the introduction of narcotics into Minnesota state prisons,” said Jeff Dansky, Deputy Director of Investigations for the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) for the Minnesota Department of Corrections (Minnesota DOC). “MX908 allows us to quickly identify suspected narcotics hidden in the mail in liquid or powder form. Previously, we relied on manual inspection and did not have the testing ability to identify these dangerous illegal items, which greatly affects the safety and security of prisons. With MX908, we able to proactively identify and combat the introduction of contraband through mail and other sources while ensuring the safety of incarcerated individuals, our staff and the public.
Trusted by emergency responders, law enforcement officials and border security agents, the MX908 is an essential tool for detecting illicit substances in many forms, including solids, liquids, vapors and aerosols. The benefits of the MX908 hand-held device include its ability to identify trace amounts of substances, and ease of use and portability, enabling chemical identification at the point of need.
“In high-risk scenarios, you can’t play the guessing game, which is why we continue to strive to make information more readily available and provide actionable intelligence in real-time,” said John Kenneweg, Vice President of Government, 908 Tools. “This important application of MX908 in correctional facilities is important for officer safety as well as inmate safety, and we look forward to continuing to partner with prisons and correctional departments to ensure reduced risk of drug exposure.”
To learn more about MX908 for narcotics detection and 908 Devices, please visit: https://908devices.com/applications/narcotics-detection/
About 908 Tools
908 Devices is democratizing laboratory mass spectrometry with simple handheld and desktop devices, to address life-critical applications. The Company’s tools are used at the point of need to interrogate unknown and invisible materials and provide rapid and actionable answers to directly solve some of the most critical problems in life science research, bioprocessing, pharma/biopharma, forensics and markets which is close. The company is headquartered in the heart of Boston, where it designs and manufactures innovative products that combine the power of mass spectrometry, microfluidic separations, software automation, and machine learning.
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