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Investigating the electrochemical profile of methamphetamine to enable fast on-site detection in forensic analysis

Methamphetamine (MA) is a synthetic psychoactive drug which is consumed both licitly and illicitly. In some countries it is prescribed for attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder, and short-term treatment of obesity. More often though, it is abused for its psychostimulant properties.

Unfortunately, the spread and abuse of this synthetic drug have increased globally, being reported as the most widely consumed synthetic psychoactive drug in the world in 2019. Attempting to overcome the shortcomings of the currently used on-site methods for MA detection in suspected cargos, a study carried out by the ‘Iuliu Hațieganu’ University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca (UMF), the University of Antwerp (UA), and the National Institute for Criminalistics and Criminology (NICC) explores the potential of electrochemical identification of MA by means of square wave voltammetry on disposable graphite screen-printed electrodes.

Full article has been published in Talanta and can be found here.


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