Developments of Forensic Toxicological Analysis of Methamphetamine

  • Richard S. Frank
  • Stanley P. Sobol
Conference paper
Part of the Forensic Science Progress book series (FORENSIC, volume 4)


From the standpoint of forensic toxicological and criminological examinations, recent analyses of methamphetamine have been reviewed. The literature related to analytical techniques has been divided into two parts. In the first part, attention has been directed to basic and commonly used techniques, including thin layer chromatography, gas chromatography, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, high performance liquid chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry, and immunoassay. The second part is concerned with practical applications such as examination of enantiomers, illegal drugs, biological samples including hard materials such as hair, nail or bone, and stains of sweat and saliva.


Caffeine Palladium Propyl Carbamate Carbodiimide 

List of Abbreviations


chemical ionization


electron capture detector


electron impact


flame ionization detector


flame thermionic detector


gas chromatography


gas chromatography/mass spectrometry


high performance liquid chromatography




internal standard


liquid chromatography


nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry


nitrogen phosphorus detector




thin layer chromatography


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard S. Frank
    • 1
  • Stanley P. Sobol
    • 2
  1. 1.Forensic Sciences SectionDrug Enforcement AdministrationUSA
  2. 2.Special Testing and Research LaboratoryDrug Enforcement AdministrationMcLeanUSA

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