A Study of Procedures for the Identification of Heroin

    Volume 22, Issue 2 (April 1977)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 April 1977

    Page Count: 11

    Clark, CC
    Forensic chemist, Drug Enforcement Administration, Southeast Regional Laboratory, Miami, Fla.

    (Received 14 May 1976; accepted 5 October 1976)


    For forensic purposes, it is essential for the chemist to identify drugs correctly. The method or combination of methods chosen must be able to differentiate the drug present from all other compounds, regardless of structural similarities. The proper choice of method can be achieved only with a thorough understanding of the limitations and specificity of each analytical technique available to the chemist. Virtually no literature is available on the specificity of the many procedures used for the identification of heroin (diacetylmorphine). Indeed, it has been shown [1] that even pyramiding certain analytical tests may not be adequate.

    Paper ID: JFS10604J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10604J

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    Title A Study of Procedures for the Identification of Heroin
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    Committee E30