Chapter 14. Distinguishing Drugs

  1. Dr Wolfram Meier-Augenstein1,2

Published Online: 30 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470688762.ch14

Stable Isotope Forensics: An Introduction to the Forensic Application of Stable Isotope Analysis

Stable Isotope Forensics: An Introduction to the Forensic Application of Stable Isotope Analysis

How to Cite

Meier-Augenstein, W. (2010) Distinguishing Drugs, in Stable Isotope Forensics: An Introduction to the Forensic Application of Stable Isotope Analysis, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470688762.ch14

Author Information

  1. 1

    Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification, University of Dundee, UK

  2. 2

    SCRI, Invergowrie, Dundee, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470517055

Online ISBN: 9780470688762

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Keywords:

  • distinguishing drugs - examination of drug samples based on variation in natural stable isotope abundance;
  • natural and semisynthetic drugs - marijuana, morphine and heroine, cocaine;
  • synthetic drugs - amphetamines;
  • MDMA, synthesis and isotopic signature - influence of synthetic route and changes in reaction Conditions, stable isotope signature of drugs;
  • methamphetamine, synthesis and isotopic signature - most serious of amphetamine-type stimulants

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Natural and Semisynthetic Drugs

  • Synthetic Drugs

  • Conclusions