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NCJ Number: 119821 Find in a Library
Title: Topics in the Chemistry of Cocaine
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:37  Issue:1  Dated:special issue (January-March 1985)  Pages:63-78
Author(s): H L Schlesinger
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 16
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: This article reports on a review of recent forensic literature dealing with the identification of cocaine in mixtures.
Abstract: Forensic chemists are expected by U.S. courts to identify with great accuracy the drug of abuse found in evidence. When identifying cocaine, the forensic chemist must be aware of the chemical taxonomy of the coca plant, for impurities can arise from the constituents of the plants as well as from the manufacturing process or from adulteration. The article reports on advances in presumptive testing and in chromatographic methods that have made it possible to screen samples rapidly. Forensic laboratories now make routine use of such methods as gas-liquid chromatography, electron impact mass spectrometry, and proton magnetic resonance spectrometry to improve the detection and identification of cocaine in illicit drug samples. 81 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug analysis
Index Term(s): Chromatography; Cocaine; Spectroscopy
Note: Special issue on scientific developments relating to detection techniques for the control of drugs
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