Identification of N-Acetylmethamphetamine in a Sample of Illicitly Synthesized Methamphetamine

    Volume 41, Issue 4 (July 1996)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 3


    Baker, AT
    Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, and Scientific Officer, University of Technology, Broadway NSW,

    Fryirs, B
    Technical Officer, Royal North Shore Hospital, St. Leonards,

    Conn, C
    Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, and Scientific Officer, University of Technology, Broadway NSW,

    Keegan, J
    Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, and Scientific Officer, University of Technology, Broadway NSW,

    Dawson, M
    Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, and Scientific Officer, University of Technology, Broadway NSW,

    (Received 26 January 1995; accepted 7 November 1995)

    Abstract

    Analysis of illicit methamphetamine samples revealed the presence of a hitherto unreported impurity. This was identified as N-acetylmethamphetamine by synthesis and GC-MS. This impurity is believed to arise by transesterification of methamphetamine during reflux with propyl acetate. Other circumstantial evidence and intelligence data indicate that propyl acetate was used to increase yields of methamphetamine hydrochloride by azeotropic removal of water remaining after salt formation with aqueous hydrochloric acid.


    Paper ID: JFS13969J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13969J

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    Title Identification of N-Acetylmethamphetamine in a Sample of Illicitly Synthesized Methamphetamine
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