The Use of Microcrystal Tests in Conjunction with Fourier Transform Infra Red Spectroscopy for the Rapid Identification of Street Drugs

    Volume 37, Issue 4 (July 1992)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 15


    Wielbo, D
    Graduate student and assistant professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

    Tebbett, IR
    Graduate student and assistant professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

    (Received 2 May 1991; accepted 10 December 1991)

    Abstract

    Microcrystal tests have long been used for the rapid identification of particulate matter, although this technique has now been largely abandoned in favor of sophisticated instrumentation. The sensitivity and specificity of a microcrystal test make it an attractive method for the initial screening of powders for drugs of abuse. By combining the techniques of crystal microscopy and micro-FTIR, both preliminary and confirmatory tests for the presence of drugs in solid dosage forms are able to be carried out. This techniques has been used to unequivocally identify cocaine, heroin, morphine, codeine, and phencyclidine.


    Paper ID: JFS13299J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13299J

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