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Application Note 045

Detection of trace levels of drugs in dust by TD–GC–MS

Application Note 045

Forensic detection of proscribed (banned) substances such as heroin or cocaine requires analysis of real-world samples, such as household dust.

Direct thermal desorption of materials like this can provide a simple and sensitive approach to drug analysis, and facilitates rapid screening of a broad spectrum of compounds.

In this application note we demonstrate the successful detection of trace levels of several drugs of abuse in a sample of household dust.

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