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5th Apr '18 1:10:18 AM tigerstar
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* A non-drugs example appears in ''Series/BlackBooks''. A customer at the bookshop tries to return his holiday read for a refund, but Bernard immediately discovers sand between the pages and sprinkles a little on Manny's tongue, who is able to identify not only the country and region, but the ''specific beach'' the sand came from.
30th Mar '18 2:55:22 AM GlassCatOwl
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* The first episode of ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'' has Phryne check some white powder with this and determine that it's cocaine. Mac then double checks. Phryne then [[FunnyMoments triple checks.]]
15th Mar '18 6:09:16 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' a dead immortal's son mentions that he tried this with a bag of white powder he found in his dad's stuff (along with [[MultipleIdentityIDs several blank passports]], valuable paintings, and Krugerrands), and that it made his tongue feel numb.
3rd Mar '18 11:00:56 AM ferrelas
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This is TruthInTelevision to the extent that certain drugs (opium, for example) have a distinctive taste or odor. Cocaine can similarly be identified not by taste, but by the way it instantly numbs where it touches.[[note]]THe non-psychoactive, and more easily obtained, drug lidocaine, does the exact same thing, it's used to cut or sometimes replace cocaine.[[/note]] However, any modern police lab is loaded with all kinds of test equipment for just this kind of thing. Without it, it's just a cop's word on the stand. (And how reliable would that word be if they just deliberately ingested something mind-altering?) But if a chemical reaction proves it's really drugs, it's a lot harder for a lawyer to disprove, and a lot safer for the cop (see the Real Life entries). Not to mention the fact that a police officer could get in serious trouble if they were tested and found to have a drug in their system.

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This is TruthInTelevision to the extent that certain drugs (opium, for example) have a distinctive taste or odor. Cocaine can similarly be identified not by taste, but by the way it instantly numbs where it touches.[[note]]THe [[note]]The non-psychoactive, and more easily obtained, drug lidocaine, does the exact same thing, it's used to cut or sometimes replace cocaine.[[/note]] However, any modern police lab is loaded with all kinds of test equipment for just this kind of thing. Without it, it's just a cop's word on the stand. (And how reliable would that word be if they just deliberately ingested something mind-altering?) But if a chemical reaction proves it's really drugs, it's a lot harder for a lawyer to disprove, and a lot safer for the cop (see the Real Life entries). Not to mention the fact that a police officer could get in serious trouble if they were tested and found to have a drug in their system.
3rd Mar '18 10:36:19 AM ferrelas
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This is TruthInTelevision to the extent that certain drugs (opium, for example) have a distinctive taste or odor. Cocaine can similarly be identified not by taste, but by the way it instantly numbs where it touches. However, any modern police lab is loaded with all kinds of test equipment for just this kind of thing. Without it, it's just a cop's word on the stand. (And how reliable would that word be if they just deliberately ingested something mind-altering?) But if a chemical reaction proves it's really drugs, it's a lot harder for a lawyer to disprove, and a lot safer for the cop (see the Real Life entries). Not to mention the fact that a police officer could get in serious trouble if they were tested and found to have a drug in their system.

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This is TruthInTelevision to the extent that certain drugs (opium, for example) have a distinctive taste or odor. Cocaine can similarly be identified not by taste, but by the way it instantly numbs where it touches. [[note]]THe non-psychoactive, and more easily obtained, drug lidocaine, does the exact same thing, it's used to cut or sometimes replace cocaine.[[/note]] However, any modern police lab is loaded with all kinds of test equipment for just this kind of thing. Without it, it's just a cop's word on the stand. (And how reliable would that word be if they just deliberately ingested something mind-altering?) But if a chemical reaction proves it's really drugs, it's a lot harder for a lawyer to disprove, and a lot safer for the cop (see the Real Life entries). Not to mention the fact that a police officer could get in serious trouble if they were tested and found to have a drug in their system.
2nd Feb '18 1:46:59 AM Siempie
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** The Doctor does this with ''blood'', even identifying the blood group, in the episode "The Christmas Invasion".
** Ten developed a bit of a habit of um... [[OralFixation licking things]]. Not necessarily always for diagnostic purposes.
** Eleven does this as well. With a shed. To calculate how long it's been since it was built.

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** The Tenth Doctor does this with ''blood'', even identifying the blood group, in the episode "The Christmas Invasion".
** Ten
developed a bit of a habit of um... [[OralFixation licking things]]. Not necessarily always for diagnostic purposes.
He first does it with blood, even determining the blood group from the taste alone. This habit comes back to bite him when he tastes some sand, only to discover that the "sand" actually consists of pulverized corpses. [[IAteWhat Yeugh]].
** Eleven While less of a habit, the Eleventh Doctor does this as well. With a shed. To calculate how long it's been since it was built. He also sticks grass in his mouth, only to spit it out in disgust.
2nd Feb '18 1:34:10 AM Siempie
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** Ten developed a bit of a habit of um... licking things. Not necessarily always for diagnostic purposes.

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** Ten developed a bit of a habit of um... [[OralFixation licking things.things]]. Not necessarily always for diagnostic purposes.
26th Jan '18 11:55:54 PM foxley
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* Series/MacGyver tests a suspected drug sample this way, only to find out that it's keratin (powdered rhino horn).

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* Series/MacGyver Series/MacGyver1985 tests a suspected drug sample this way, only to find out that it's keratin (powdered rhino horn).
18th Jan '18 4:31:48 PM Iowamutt23
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-->'''Tango:''' Mm... wanna get high?

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-->'''Tango:''' Mm... Anybody wanna get high?
9th Jan '18 3:03:33 PM TheSaddleman
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* Most definitely averted with regards to certain high-end opioids such as forms of fentanyl that are so toxic that police have been hospitalized for simply allowing the drug to contact their ''skin''.
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