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Identifying electrochemical fingerprints of ketamine with voltammetry and LC-MS for its detection in seized samples

The University of Antwerp, National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology (NICC) and Dutch Customs Laboratory, all of them members of BorderSens consortium, have recently published in Analytical Chemistry an article entitled “Identifying electrochemical fingerprints of ketamine with voltammetry and LC-MS for its detection in seized samples”.

Herein, a straightforward electrochemical approach for the determination of ketamine in street samples and seizures is presented by employing screen-printed electrodes (SPE). This system allows for the on-site identification of ketamine by the law enforcement agents in an easy-to-use and rapid manner on cargos and seizures, thereby disrupting the distribution channel and avoiding the illicit drug to reach the end-user.

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