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Rapid determination of scopolamine in evidence of recreational and predatory use

Saiz, J. and Mai, T. D. and Lopez, M. L. and Bartolome, C. and Hauser, P. C. and Garcia-Ruiz, C.. (2013) Rapid determination of scopolamine in evidence of recreational and predatory use. Science & justice, Vol. 53, H. 4. pp. 409-414.

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Abstract

In recent years, scopolamine has become a drug of common use for recreational and predatory purposes and several ways of administration have been devised. A method for the rapid analysis of suspicious samples was developed, using a portable capillary electrophoresis with contactless conductivity detection. The method allows the separation of scopolamine from atropine which has a similar structure and is present along with scopolamine in some samples. The method was demonstrated to be useful for the fast analysis of several types of evidential items which have recently been reported to have been abused with fatal consequences or employed for criminal purposes. An infusion of Datura stramonium L., in which scopolamine and atropine naturally coexist, was analyzed for being frequently consumed for recreational purposes. A spiked moisturizing cream and six spiked alcoholic beverages were also analyzed. In spite of the complexity of the specimens, the sample pre-treatment methods developed were simple and fast. (C) 2013 Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. on behalf of Forensic Science Society.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie > Chemie > Analytische Chemie (Hauser)
UniBasel Contributors:Hauser, Peter C. P. C.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1355-0306
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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