A Simple Laboratory Test for the Determination of the Chemical Form of Cocaine

    Volume 34, Issue 3 (May 1989)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 4


    Logan, BK
    Research toxicologist, laboratory supervisor, and laboratory director, University of Tennessee, Center for the Health Sciences, Memphis, TN

    Stafford, DT
    Research toxicologist, laboratory supervisor, and laboratory director, University of Tennessee, Center for the Health Sciences, Memphis, TN

    Steve Nichols, H
    Research toxicologist, laboratory supervisor, and laboratory director, University of Tennessee, Center for the Health Sciences, Memphis, TN

    (Received 17 May 1988; accepted 4 August 1988)

    Abstract

    The authors describe a simple chemical test to determine whether a suspect specimen contains cocaine and if so whether it is present as free base cocaine or in a salt form. The distinction is based on the relative solubility of the two compounds in aqueous or organic solvent. The test, based on the widely accepted cobalt thiocyanate color reaction, is performed in three stages to make the interpretation as complete as possible.


    Paper ID: JFS12690J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12690J

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    Title A Simple Laboratory Test for the Determination of the Chemical Form of Cocaine
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