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Fields & Applications Liquid Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry, Metabolomics & Lipidomics

Tracking Designer Drugs

The Problem

The rapid increase of novel and variant synthetic cannabinoids designed to circumvent regulation has resulted in many unknown analytes and metabolites that must be detected in forensic and toxicological urine samples. How can we more capably detect trace amounts of these drugs in complex matrices, such as urine and blood?

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About the Author

Dave Strong

Dave Strong graduated with a PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Bristol, UK, in 2012 and currently performs toxicological testing on human samples at HFL Sports Science. “My work entails extensive research and method development in both biological and man-made matrices, which includes substantial wet chemistry, such as solid phase extraction”. Dave has developed numerous methods from scratch, such as the extraction of caffeine from saliva, the extraction of octopamine from human urine…

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