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Press Release

Press Release - For Immediate Release
January 18, 2023
First Responder-TV Announces: Product of the Year - Lightsense DrugDetect-F1

(Conklin, NY) It’s become a regularly occurring story line: Law enforcement agencies issue dire warnings stating the deadly effects of just touching minutes amounts of fentanyl, only to have officers succumbing to exposure to fentanyl through the air or direct skin contact while testing for these substances. One Arizona company, Lightsense, has decided to do something about the problem and has developed a safe, contactless, and immediate way to detect drugs with extreme toxicity such as fentanyl with no risk to the officer.

As soon as we saw what this new technology could do to protect our officers in the field or in a lab, we knew it was a top contender for our Product of the Year," stated Bill Rogers, Executive Producer of First Responder-TV. "This is going to be a game-changer when fighting the war on fentanyl.”

In December of 2022, it was determined that fentanyl overdoses are now the number one cause of death among adults 18-45 in America. Never before has the battle against such a drug reached such critical levels and Lightsense will assure that its detection process can be made safe.

Lightsense has developed the DrugDetect-F1, a unique and patented, hand-held, technology platform that can detect fentanyl and methamphetamine without potentially lethal or hazardous direct contact or exposure to these dangerous materials. The DrugDetect-F1 can effectively detect fentanyl and methamphetamine at low concentrations even when mixed with various other substances.

"Lightsense's breakthrough EPS technology is first embodied in this great new product to help Law Enforcement quickly and safely detect fentanyl in the field. It's small, light, simple, (just push one button), and is designed, built, and calibrated in the USA" commented Lightsense's CMO Bruce Berkoff.

The Lightsense DrugDetect-F1 is a handheld spectrometer that provides a safe and effective solution to identifying illicit substances in a quick and accurate manner, even when these substances are contained in sealed transparent plastic bags. These spectrometers are lightweight, easy to use, accurate, faster, and less expensive than competing products.

Terje Skotheim, PhD, CEO of Lightsense stated, "It's a great honor to receive this recognition.  Our team has worked hard to put this new technology in the hands of law enforcement nationwide.  It will save lives & money."

Departments and agencies can learn more

through an interview that First Responder-TV

conducted with Lightsense at IACP 2022:

"It's with great pleasure that we recognize

Lightsense with our Product of the Year Award,"

stated Rogers. "This will certainly add a

much-needed layer of protection for our officers

and our communities throughout the country."

For details, and to see Lightsense's new product, the Drug Detect F1, visit their website at:

Bill Rogers, Executive Producer
First Responder-TV
(607) 595-0477

Bruce Berkoff, CMO
Lightsense Technologies
(888) 736-7349, ext 701


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