Identification and characterization of the new psychoactive substance 3-fluoroethamphetamine in seized material
An amphetamine-type new psychoactive substance was identified in a fine white yellowish powder from a seizure control held in Spain in July 2017.
Seized sample was deeply characterized by standard and high-performance analytical techniques like attenuated total reflectance-Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, gas chromatography–electron ionization–mass spectrometry, high-resolution mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and ion mobility spectrometry.
The seized sample was identified as 3-fluoroethamphetamine hydrochloride. To our knowledge this is the first report dealing with identification and characterization of 3-fluoroethamphetamine.
Characterization data were compiled in order to provide the scientific community with sufficient information to allow a quick and accurate determination of 3-fluoroethamphetamine in future seizures.
Keywords3-Fluoroethamphetamine New psychoactive substance Full characterization Seizure sample ATR–FTIR NMR spectroscopy
Authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (CTQ-2014-52841-P). We also acknowledge the technical support from M. Sales Galletero and Isabel Solana from the SCSIE of the University of Valencia.
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The authors have no financial or other relations that could lead to a conflict of interest.
This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.
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