Unconventional Adulterants in Seized Heroin Samples: Forensic Insight

Asian Journal of Applied Science and Technology, Volume 4, Issue 4, Pages 01-12, October-December 2020

12 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2021

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Kavita Goyal Goyal

Central Forensic Science Laboratory

Neha Tomar Tomar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sweta Sinha Sinha

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Rakesh Kumar Kumar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sunil Kumar Mahato Mahato

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

Drug abuse is a global predicament. The illicit market of drugs consistently witnesses experiments to deceive law regulatory agencies during manufacturing and trading of these regulated drugs. Drug traders amalgamate core drug compound with other chemical moieties to deceive regulatory agencies, to enhance potency and to escalate the tempt for consumption. Diacetylmorphine, commonly called smack/heroin is substantially seized round the globe, which clearly indicates its large scale abuse. This study presents some unusual additives in 252 seized samples for suspected heroin, referred to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Delhi in the year 2019. The samples were isolated, screened and identified using GC-MS technique. Besides other consistent additives, four unusual novel adulterants were detected in confiscated heroin samples in Delhi, India. The study will update forensic chemical experts in detection of new adulterants in seized drugs, besides disseminating awareness and knowledge among those concerned with drug regulation, monitoring and policy making.

Suggested Citation

Goyal, Kavita and Tomar, Neha Tomar and Sinha, Sweta Sinha and Kumar, Rakesh Kumar and Mahato, Sunil Kumar Mahato, Unconventional Adulterants in Seized Heroin Samples: Forensic Insight (2020). Asian Journal of Applied Science and Technology, Volume 4, Issue 4, Pages 01-12, October-December 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3780158

Kavita Goyal (Contact Author)

Central Forensic Science Laboratory ( email )

India

Neha Tomar Tomar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sweta Sinha Sinha

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Rakesh Kumar Kumar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sunil Kumar Mahato Mahato

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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