Improving Efficiency in the Forensics Laboratory: Introducing a New Controlled Substances Analyzer [Agilent]Lisa Malette
In preparation for criminal cases, law enforcement depends on the forensics laboratories’ ability to identify major components of evidence samples and relevant compounds present at lower levels. Forensic chemists face the challenge of identifying an increasingly expanding array of isomers and analogs of drugs of abuse while working through a large backlog of casework. Many new novel psychoactive substances (bath salts) and synthetic cannabinoids (“Spice”,”K2”) include isomers and analogs that are difficult to detect using routine searching methods. With the frequent appearance of new compounds and increasing case loads, forensic chemists would benefit greatly from tools that help them to quickly identify targets, differentiate analogs and isomers, and reduce the time and labor required for data review.
This presentation will introduce a new GC/MS Controlled Substances Analyzer developed through collaboration between NMS Labs and Agilent Technologies, Inc. The system uses hydrogen as a carrier gas, Retention Time Locking (RTL), and Capillary Flow Technology Backflush to reduce cycle time without sacrificing data quality. The new Controlled Substances database provides spectra for more than 450 compounds including classic drug targets plus novel psychoactive substances and synthetic cannabinoids. Deconvolution Reporting Software (DRS) automates compound identification, reducing the demand for manual data analysis.
For Forensic use.
Price: Funding for this course has been provided by Agilent Technologies
Course Type: On-Demand Presentation
Section: Forensic toxicology
Length: Approximately 60 minutes
Audience: Forensic Practitioners
Course Accreditation: Certificate of Attendance