Tackling the forensic analytical challenges associated with the global increase in seizures of cathinone-derived "legal highs"

Sutcliffe, O. B. and Daeid, N. N. and Khreit, O. I. G. (2011) Tackling the forensic analytical challenges associated with the global increase in seizures of cathinone-derived "legal highs". Abstracts of papers - American Chemical Society, 242. 188-ANYL.

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Abstract

The increase in the global abuse of synthetic cathinones has given rise to significant legal and analytical challenges in their identification and quantification - thus rapid methods of testing (especially in the field) are urgently required. This paper presents synthesis; characterisation; validated presumptive and quantitative methods for these substances (both in pure and adulterated samples) and a rapid, novel NMR screening technique for street samples containing components which cannot normally be detected using standard chromatographic methods.