Pharmaceutisch Weekblad

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 1397–1404 | Cite as

Fingerprint analysis of illicit heroin samples by gas chromatography

  • F. Van Vendeloo
  • J. P. Franke
  • R. A. De Zeeuw
Original Article


For the fingerprint analysis of illicit heroin samples a gas Chromatographic assay has been developed capable of detecting the main components: acetylcodeine, caffeine, codeine, diamorphine, 6-monoacetylmorphine (6-Mam), morphine and quinine, in one run within 25 min. Diamorphine, morphine, codeine and caffeine can be quantitated directly, but as 6-Mam and acetylcodeine are not fully separated quantitation of the latter two requires acetylation of 6-Mam to diamorphine.

25 Samples obtained between 1976 and 1979 have been compared with results of samples found in The Netherlands before 1977.


Public Health Internal Medicine Morphine Caffeine Heroin 
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© Bohn, Scheltema & Holkema 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Van Vendeloo
    • 1
  • J. P. Franke
    • 1
  • R. A. De Zeeuw
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Toxicology, Laboratory for Pharmaceutical and Analytical ChemistryState UniversityAw GroningenThe Netherlands

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