Designer Drug ID methods sought.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is seeking new ways to detect
use of so-called "designer drugs" such as K2/Spice and Bath
Salts based on their effects on the human body. Because "designer
drugs" evolve constantly available structure-based drug screens.
"This presents a substantial complication to traditional toxicology screens conducted in emergency rooms and to drug testing laboratories,
whose assays rely on either immunoassays or mass-spectrometry to detect
specific agents," NIDA officials said. The institute intends to
fund grants to researchers who are developing biofluid drug screens
based on pharmacological activity of these designer drugs. The tests
should be noninvasive and able to detect quantities of illicit materials
or metabolites in a range of concentrations typically found in biofluids
of substance users within a few days of use.