Novel detection approaches to tackle the challenges of complex matrices for alternative drugs and new psychoactive substances

K. Brown, L. Dennany

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This chapter focuses on the challenges faced by forensic practitioners in regard to the detection of novel psychoactive substances. With the ever-evolving nature of these substances it has become clear that the long-established methods employed for the detection of traditional illicit drugs are not translatable to this new drug trend. As such the forensic community is required to adapt these protocols and consider alternative techniques. This chapter aims to highlight some of these alternative techniques and discuss the advantages they can offer alongside their current limitations, with a particular focus upon detection in complex matrices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenges in Detection Approaches for Forensic Science
EditorsLynn Dennany
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781839160943
ISBN (Print)9781839160226
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2021


  • forensic chemistry
  • NPS
  • analytical chemistry
  • forensic science

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