Volume 29, Issue 1 (January 1984)

    Detection of Drugs in Saliva of Impaired Drivers

    (Received 18 April 1983; accepted 1 June 1983)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    This study examined the feasibility of detecting drugs using saliva samples obtained from impaired drivers. Screening procedures on 1- to 2-mL samples were for cannabinoids, volatiles, benzodiazepines, and other acidic/neutral/basic drugs. Methodology consisted of enzyme multiple immunoassay technique (EMIT®) and temperature programmed gas chromatography with confirmation by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Fifty-six samples were obtained from drivers arrested for suspicion of impaired driving. Other than alcohol, the major drugs detected were cannabinoids and diazepam. Cocaine was found in one case.


    Author Information:

    Perrigo, BJ
    Chief scientist—toxicology and research technologist, Central Forensic Laboratory “L” Directorate Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

    Peel, HW
    Chief scientist—toxicology and research technologist, Central Forensic Laboratory “L” Directorate Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario

    Mikhael, NZ
    Associate professor, Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa and Head, Pharmacological Pathology Unit, Ottawa General Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario


    Stock #: JFS11650J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11650J

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