Narcotics found in half of motorists tested

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ALMOST half of drivers in Malaga stopped on suspicion of drug driving test positive for having narcotics in their system, according to figures released by the Spanish government.

Minister for the Interior, Juan Ignacio Zoido, has said the Government is now considering a series of measures to combat the rising problem. He explained one option being explored is referring drivers who commit two or more drink or drug offences in under two years to health professionals to determine whether they have an addiction problem before they regain their licence.

Police carried out 1,468 tests last year, 609 of which confirmed drug use, a total of 41.4%.

The most commonly detected detected was cannabis at 60.92%, followed by cocaine at 24.46%, and then amphetamines at 6.36%, methamphetamines at 5.91% and opioids at 2.29%.

The figures also showed the number of tests carried out in recent years had grown significantly from 77 in 2012 and 2013 to 1,021 in 2014 and 2,318 in 2015. Conversely, breathalyser tests carried to measure alcohol levels have dropped from 205,511 in 2012 to 132,145 last year.

 

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