Determination of Fentanyl in Hair: The Case of the Crooked Criminalist

    Volume 40, Issue 4 (July 1995)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 5


    Mason, AP
    Director of Criminalistics, Director of Forensic Toxicology, Supervisor, Forensic Drug Screening, Supervisor, TDM and Clinical Toxicology Division, National Medical Services, Incorporated, Willow Grove, PA

    Riker, CD
    Director of Criminalistics, Director of Forensic Toxicology, Supervisor, Forensic Drug Screening, Supervisor, TDM and Clinical Toxicology Division, National Medical Services, Incorporated, Willow Grove, PA

    Selavka, CM
    Director of Criminalistics, Director of Forensic Toxicology, Supervisor, Forensic Drug Screening, Supervisor, TDM and Clinical Toxicology Division, National Medical Services, Incorporated, Willow Grove, PA

    Crookham, S
    Director of Criminalistics, Director of Forensic Toxicology, Supervisor, Forensic Drug Screening, Supervisor, TDM and Clinical Toxicology Division, National Medical Services, Incorporated, Willow Grove, PA

    (Received 6 October 1993; accepted 28 November 1994)

    Abstract

    When a State Crime Laboratory Director found that fentanyl patches were missing from a case submission stored in his evidence vault, he performed an investigation of those members of his staff who had access to the materials. As part of this investigation, two staff members were forced to submit to hair testing for fentanyl and other opiates and opioids. This unusual testing protocol was used to identify a senior Criminalist as a chronic abuser of fentanyl, and led to the rapid resolution of the case. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of the forensic analysis of hair for drugs of abuse in which the technology was used to identify an individual as a chronic fentanyl abuser.


    Paper ID: JFS13850J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13850J

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    Title Determination of Fentanyl in Hair: The Case of the Crooked Criminalist
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    Committee E30