What is forensic drug chemistry?

Asked By: Michael Krajcik
Date created: Sun, Apr 4, 2021 1:16 PM
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Forensic drug chemistry uses a series of processes performed in the field or laboratory to detect the presence or absence of controlled substances. Chemical analysis performed in the laboratory on submitted evidence detects and identifies illegal drugs, and helps law enforcement prosecute offenders.
Answered By: Clark O'Kon
Date created: Mon, Apr 5, 2021 3:19 PM

Forensic science: analysis of drugs using colour tests

Forensic science: analysis of drugs using colour tests
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Commonly misused drugs that dilate the pupils include:

  • amphetamines.
  • bath salts.
  • benzodiazepines.
  • cocaine and crack cocaine.
  • crystal methamphetamine.
  • ecstasy.
  • ketamine.
  • LSD.
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Drug test results typically take 24 to 48 hours, depending on the type of test being performed (e.g., urine, hair or DOT).
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One of the most likely reasons someone might have pinpoint pupils is the use of narcotic pain medications and other drugs in the opioid family, such as:

  • codeine.
  • fentanyl.
  • hydrocodone.
  • oxycodone.
  • morphine.
  • methadone.
  • heroin.
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Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others.
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Anyone who wants to report drug activity can contact Crime Stoppers via phone or online. A national tip line is available 24/7, and the program also operates out of local offices. Witnesses to drug crimes can make an anonymous phone call or fill out an online form.
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Dan Hayter, founder of K9 Global Training Academy and a former chief of the military drug dog trainer, agrees that edibles aren't impossible to trace. "A dog can be taught to recognize marijuana mixed into flour without too much difficulty," he says.
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What types of drug are there?

  • stimulants (e.g. cocaine)
  • depressants (e.g. alcohol)
  • opium-related painkillers (e.g. heroin)
  • hallucinogens (e.g. LSD)

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