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Detection and analysis of new designer drugs

Project Member(s): Fu, S.

Funding or Partner Organisation: NSW Forensic and Analytical Science Service

Start year: 2014

Summary: New drugs of abuse are emerging in the illicit drug market all the time. It is challenging for the law enforcement authorities to detect and identify the supply and use of these new designer drugs. This study aims to develop effective analytical methods to detect and identify these new chemical identities as they emerge. The study also aims to investigate the metabolic pathways of the drugs and elucidate the structures of the major metabolites so to provide leads for drug testing laboratory to develop new methods to monitor the use of these drugs of abuse.


Pasin, D, Cawley, A, Bidny, S & Fu, S 2017, 'Current applications of high-resolution mass spectrometry for the analysis of new psychoactive substances: a critical review', ANALYTICAL AND BIOANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, vol. 409, no. 25, pp. 5821-5836.
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Keywords: Designer drugs, metabolism, drug testing, forensic chemistry, forensic toxicology

FOR Codes: Diagnostic Methods, Toxicology (incl. Clinical Toxicology)