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Presenting new developments in sampling and drug profiling, thisbook also provides practical information on how to carry outanalysis, what the results mean and how they can be used as courtevidence and for drugs intelligence purposes.
* Includes case-studies with full data and spectra, helping readersto identify substances
* Accessibly organized by class of compound
* Contains an up-to-date list of the newest drugs
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It is now recognized that to ensure the validity of a forensicscience analysis, a number of criteria need to be met, includingensuring that the:
* sample is suitable for the analysis
* analysis to be undertaken will answer the question beingasked
* analysis has been correctly carried out
* data has been correctly recorded
* data has been correctly interpreted
* findings are correctly reported
The aim of this text is to provide an understanding into theanalysis of drugs of abuse within the context of their control, anappreciation of the different methods that can be used for druganalysis and the reasons for their use.
The major classes of drugs of abuse are addressed, the analysis ofwhich follows a systematic framework, including description,presumptive testing, thin layer chromatography, instrumentalmethods and data analysis. Throughout the text, regular questionsand answers are used to further develop an understanding of theprocesses being used.
This book will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students offorensic science, and to forensic science practitioners who are newin post or receiving additional or refresher training. It will alsoappeal to those who are studying controlled substances asbroadening courses in other scientific disciplines
“...a short, concise book on the analysis of illicitdrugs...decidedly slanted toward...the U.K., a somewhat refreshingchange from most of the other forensic science books....there is asurprising amount of material and coverage is both broad anddeep...recommended. (Choice, Vol. 41, No. 5, January 2004)
"...well laid out, clearly presented and easy toread...presented in a very interesting, captivating style...fulfilsits stated purpose admirably..." (Trends in Analytical Chemistry,Vol 22(11), Dec 2003)
"...this book is possibly the most comprehensive andpractical work I have encountered..." (Chemistry World,February 2004)
"...This is a well written book with many good andup-to-date references...should have a wide appeal..."(Science and Justice Vol. 43 No. 3)
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