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Detection of Drug of Abuse (Morphine) in Hair

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Amity Institute of Forensic Sciences, Amity University, UP, INDIA

Res. J. Forensic Sci., Volume 1, Issue (1), Pages 18-20, March,29 (2013)


Hair analyses have become an important tool in forensic toxicology for investigation of the drug related crimes. Drugs can be detected months after the last intake; it can be considered as a proof of the past exposure to drugs. In this study 40 hair samples of opium addicts were taken from de-addiction center in Delhi. GC-MS is used for quantification of drug in hair for 90 days. Results indicate that morphine is detected in hair till 90th day. This method has application in forensic toxicology as drug facilitated sexual assault complaints are made to police long after any drugs would have been eliminated from the conventional samples such as blood or urine.


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