Webinar: DART-TOF MS Screening of Fentanyl

Forensic Science Education (ForensicED) recently announced a webinar to be held October 11, 2017 that will detail how the Direct Analysis in Real Time (DART) ion source coupled to a Time-of-Flight mass spectrometer (TOF-MS) is used as the primary choice in the forensic screening of controlled substances, now expanding into fentanyl analogues.

Commonly accepted practices are the use of two separate analysis techniques on two different samples. The results of the initial screen would then determine what extraction would occur and which controls to use for GC-MS confirmation and reporting of the controlled substance. The process could be cumbersome depending upon sample purity, with extensive sample preparation steps sometimes necessary in order to obtain acceptable data. The other problem arose with the introduction of novel drugs into the market which did not have known spectra in libraries or published test results for comparison purposes.

Detailed Learning Objectives:

1) Discuss the emergence of the fentanyl analogues and related synthetic opioids drug chemistry casework.

2) Describe the current analytical scheme in the forensic drug chemistry laboratory with the DART TOF MS as the primary screening instrument in the workflow.

3) Detail how the workflow accommodates analysis of novel drugs of abuse, particularly fentanyl analogues once they enter the forensic laboratory.

You can learn more and register for this webinar here.

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Court Case Update

FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE went through a nearly three-year ordeal in the New Hampshire court system, but eventually emerged unscathed. On April 4, 2008, the New Hampshire Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of a lower court to exclude expert testimony regarding fingerprint evidence in the case of The State of New Hampshire v. Richard Langill. The case has been remanded back to the Rockingham County Superior Court.