∗ sample is suitable for the analysis
∗ analysis to be undertaken will answer the question being asked
∗ analysis has been correctly carried out
∗ data has been correctly recorded
∗ data has been correctly interpreted
∗ findings are correctly reported
The aim of this text is to provide an understanding into the analysis of drugs of abuse within the context of their control, an appreciation of the different methods that can be used for drug analysis and the reasons for their use.
The major classes of drugs of abuse are addressed, the analysis of which follows a systematic framework, including description, presumptive testing, thin layer chromatography, instrumental methods and data analysis. Throughout the text, regular questions and answers are used to further develop an understanding of the processes being used.
This book will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students of forensic science, and to forensic science practitioners who are new in post or receiving additional or refresher training. It will also appeal to those who are studying controlled substances as broadening courses in other scientific disciplines
Acronyms, Abreviations and Symbols.
About the Author.
Introduction to Drug Trends, Control, Legislation and Analysis.
Amphetamine and Related Compounds.
The Analysis of LSD.
Cannabis sativa and Products.
Diamorphine and Heroin.
Products from Catha edulis and Lophophora williamsii.
The Analysis of Psilocybin and Psilocin from Fungi.
The Analysis of Controlled Pharmaceutical Drugs – Barbiturates and Benzodiazepines.
Current Status, Summary and Conclusions.
Appendix 1. Presumptive (Colour) Tests.
Appendix 2. Less–Common Controlled Substances.
Responses to Self–Assessment Questions.
Glossary of Terms.
SI Units and Physical Constants.
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