By Megan Porter, Marketing –
Opioids, meth, heroin and other hard drugs are causing a worldwide pandemic of dependence and addiction. Almost everyone has been effected, be it directly or indirectly, by the spread of drug use. And with the great impact drug use has on quality of life and mortality rate, this is a pandemic that needs urgent attention before it cripples society.
The impact of drug use has caused lawmakers to put severe restrictions and penalties in place for those found dealing in illegal drugs. That’s why a complaint filed in Utah County against Edward Lee Poorman was so serious. The complaint alleged that Poorman was responsible for providing drugs to a woman identified only as BW. Months earlier, police had responded to a call that a woman in a Provo home wasn’t breathing. Neither the police nor emergency medical personnel was able to save BW’s life. Close examination of the body, home revealed injuries and paraphernalia associated with drug use, an autopsy confirmed BW had both methamphetamine and morphine in her system. Using search warrants, officers investigated the home and the internet accounts of BW and discovered chats between her and Poorman coordinating heroin delivery times.
If found guilty of dealing heroin, Poorman could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to one million dollars, a grave sentence for a grave crime. However, the judicial process is both time consuming and resource intensive. If only there was a way to discover whether Poorman facilitated drug deals, then time and money would be saved and, if guilty, a threat could be removed from the streets.
Converus®, a Utah-based company, has come up with a possible solution to help expedite Poorman’s trial:EyeDetect®. EyeDetect is a new, non-invasive lie detection technology that tracks eye movement and involuntary pupil dilation to predict a test-taker’s level of deception. All of this is done through a series of true/false questions and takes only half an hour to complete. Results are quickly analyzed by a computer algorithm and returned immediately after the test is completed. EyeDetect has proven to be 86% accurate in identifying deceptive candidates. If Poorman was to take an EyeDetect test about drug dealing, his innocence or guilt would easily be proven. This new technology could be a game changer in the fight against the illegal drug pandemic.