Analysis of Drugs of Abuse by Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)

  • Thomas A. BrettellEmail author
  • Benny J. Lum
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1810)


Analysis of drugs of abuse constitutes a major portion of work for many crime laboratories. The most important and most utilized technique for the screening and identification of solid-dosage drugs is gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS). A detailed practical procedure is described for the rapid screening and identification by GC-MS of most drugs of abuse that are commonly encountered in forensic drug laboratories.

Key words

Drug analysis Controlled substances Drugs of abuse Seized drugs GC-MS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Forensic Science Program, Department of Chemical & Physical SciencesCedar Crest CollegeAllentownUSA
  2. 2.Broward Sheriff’s Office Crime LaboratoryFort LauderdaleUSA

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