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Analytical and practical aspects of drug testing in hair.


Analytical and practical aspects of drug testing in hair.

Ed. Pascal Kintz.

CRC / Taylor & Francis


382 pages



Forensic science series


As forensics experts know, hair is an extremely useful tool in determining drug use, including finding quantity, frequency, and chronology of use. This collection of 16 articles by an internationally recognized roster of experts starts with the basics of how drugs accumulate in hair and then gives the scientific testing methods (including inductively coupled plasma spectrometry, hair multi-elementary analysis and spectrum analysis), means of interpretation, and the biochemical effects of the drugs. Coverage includes opioids, cocaine, cannabinoids, amphetamine, metals, alcohol, pharmaceuticals, and passive exposure and the pitfalls thereof in cocaine use. Articles also address screening strategies, clinical applications of hair analysis, the role of hair in postmortem toxicology, detection of doping agents, use of hair as drug-facilitated crime evidence and drivers' license regranting, and workplace drug testing using hair samples.

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Date:Dec 1, 2006
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