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NCJ Number: 52150 Find in a Library
Title: ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES FOR THE COMPARISON AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ILLICIT DRUGS - A REVIEW
Author(s): D G SANGER; I J HUMPHREYS; J R JOYCE
Corporate Author: National Board of Young Men's Christian Assoc's
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Board of Young Men's Christian Assoc's
New York, NY 10007
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES THAT FORENSIC SCIENTISTS USE TO ASSIST LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN LOCATING SOURCES OF SUPPLY AND MANUFACTURERS OF ILLICIT DRUGS ARE REVIEWED.
Abstract: THERE HAVE BEEN TWO GENERAL APPROACHES TO LOCATING ILLICITLY PRODUCED DRUGS. THE FIRST ATTEMPTS TO RELATE SEIZURES FROM DIFFERENT LOCATIONS ON THE BASIS OF A SPECIFIC FEATURE, SUCH AS A TABLET MANUFACTURING DEFECT OR MULTICOMPONENT FINGERPRINT PATTERNS. THE SECOND IS DESIGNED TO DERIVE INFORMATION REGARDING THE MANUFACTURE OF ILLICIT DRUGS, FOR EXAMPLE, BY IDENTIFYING SPECIFIC RESIDUAL COMPONENTS AND ESTABLISHING THE CHEMICALS, EQUIPMENT, AND EXPERTISE REQUIRED FOR PRODUCTION. PHYSICAL ANALYSIS OF ILLICIT DRUGS IS LARGELY LIMITED TO TABLETS AND CAPSULES. THE MAJORITY OF MULTICOMPONENT FINGERPRINT PATTERNS IN CHEMICAL ANALYSIS HAVE BEEN OBTAINED BY GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY. WITH ANY MULTICOMPONENT COMPARISON TECHNIQUE, HOWEVER, THE POSSIBILITY OF CHANGING PATTERNS DUE TO VARYING CONDITIONS OF STORAGE AND/OR HANDLING IS ALWAYS PRESENT. ATTEMPTS TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ON CHEMICALS EMPLOYED IN AND EXPERTISE REQUIRED FOR ILLICIT DRUG PRODUCTION HAVE BEEN PRIMARILY CONCERNED WITH THE DETERMINATION OF IMPURITIES IN SEIZED AMPHETAMINE AND METHYLAMPHETAMINE SAMPLES. AN ALTERNATIVE CHEMICAL APPROACH TO EVALUATING DRUGS IS THE ANALYSIS AND COMPARISON OF EXCIPIENTS, SUCH AS BULKING AGENTS. CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS FREQUENTLY APPEARING AS EXCIPIENTS ARE SUGARS. REFERENCES AND ILLUSTRATIONS OF SAMPLE CHEMICAL ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES ARE PROVIDED. (DEP)
Index Term(s): Controlled Substances; Criminal investigation; Drug abuse; Drug analysis; Drug detection; Drug Related Crime; Drug sources; Forensic medicine
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