Chromatographic Techniques in the Forensic Analysis of Designer Drugs

1st Edition

Teresa Kowalska, Mieczyslaw Sajewicz, Joseph Sherma

CRC Press
Published February 6, 2018
Reference - 478 Pages
ISBN 9781138033283 - CAT# K30797
Series: Chromatographic Science Series

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  • Details the various analytical methodologies for analysis of popular and emerging drugs
  • Gathers widely dispersed nformation on analytical methods for designer drugs, as well as the human, social, and legal problems that can result in their use from different areas of science.
  • Introduces a legal/forensic framework of the contemporary designer drug problem, followed by a discussion of the botanical roots of each designer drug group, and then by a series of chapters on state-of-the-art chromatographic analytical methods for the designer drugs belonging to each individual group.
  • Dedicated chapters addressing effective legislation through class definitions and alternative legislation strategies
  • Addresses the most important aspects of designer drug analysis and chapters include the vast majority of prevalent classes of designer drugs.


There is a dramatic rise of novel drug use due to the increased popularity of so-called designer drugs. These synthetic drugs can be illegal in some countries, but legal in others and novel compounds unknown to drug chemistry emerge monthly. This thoughtfully constructed edited reference presents the main chromatographic methodologies and strategies used to discover and analyze novel designer drugs contained in diverse biological materials. The methods are based on molecular characteristics of the drugs belonging to each individual class of compounds, so it will be clear how the current methods are adaptable to future new drugs that appear in the market.


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