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NCJ Number: 119790 Find in a Library
Title: Review of Laboratory Methods for the Analysis of Opiates and Diluents in Illicit Drug Traffic
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:36  Issue:1  Dated:special issue (January-March 1984)  Pages:15-23
Author(s): V Navaratnam; H K Fei
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 9
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: This discussion of analytical techniques for detecting heroin and other opiates in nonbiological samples focuses on the usefulness of the currently available techniques.
Abstract: Techniques analyzed include thin-layer chromatography (TLC), high-performance thin-layer chromatography, gas-liquid chromatography (GLC), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography, and mass spectrometry. Recent innovations for the identification of compounds using high-performance liquid chromatographic techniques are also discussed. The analysis concludes that in nations where mass spectrometry is not available, reliable identification and quantification can be achieved by the proper application of an appropriate GLC method and an HPLC method. TLC also has an important role in the screening and analysis of opiate compounds, particularly in less-developed countries. Furthermore, several HPLC systems will separate most of the opiate compounds, but no single system will resolve all the opiates and all the common "cutting" agents. 16 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug analysis
Index Term(s): Chromatography; Controlled Substances; Testing and measurement
Note: Special issue on the role of narcotics laboratories in combating the illicit drug traffic
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