The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced a new test for alcohol and drug impairment that has been dubbed the “MPV Blood Test”.
The MPV test will be offered by Health Canada on Friday, April 6 and the UK on April 8.
The MPVs are not available in the United States, and will only be offered in the UK for people 18 and over.
The testing involves placing a small amount of a substance called a dye into a tube containing an enzyme called NADPH.
The test is based on blood tests taken in Europe and Canada, and involves placing the dye in a glass bottle or cup, and exposing it to a specific temperature.
A person who has had alcohol or drugs in their system will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about their drinking history.
The information can then be analysed using the test.
The UK government announced that it will offer the test for the first time on Thursday, April 9, the same day as the US.
However, there will be an extra requirement in the new test.
The UK will only offer the new MPV tests on April 10.UK Health Minister Simon Burns said the test was “part of a new and robust approach to screening and diagnosing the risks of substance misuse” and that it was designed to provide information “at the time of test”.
“The test will also help identify people at high risk for substance misuse, such as those who have alcohol and drugs in the bloodstream,” he said.
“This is important, because many people who are affected by substance misuse need treatment for these conditions.”
The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is also offering the new tests in the coming days.
In the UK, Health Secretary Mark Sedwill said the new testing was a “significant step forward” and was designed “to ensure that those who drink or use alcohol are fully identified and provided with the information they need to make informed decisions”.
He added that the new blood tests were “a significant step forward for people who may be concerned about alcohol and its effects”.
He said: “There are currently over 200,000 alcohol-related deaths worldwide each year.
People need to be aware of the risks and how to protect themselves and their loved ones, and we have introduced a number of measures to help protect our communities from this growing epidemic.”