Presumptive Field Testing for Narcotics, Explosives and Chemical Warfare Agents

The Scientific Working Group for the Analysis of Seized Drugs (SWGDRUG) recognizes Raman instruments as an analytical technique with the highest potential discriminating ability for the detection and identification of narcotics.

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Background

Raman spectroscopy is a well-established technique widely used in the pharmaceutical, chemical and safety & security areas. In safety & security environments, the use of portable Raman instruments have revolutionized the presumptive testing of narcotics and explosives. Overall, the use of portable Raman instruments has resulted in faster response times for on-site narcotics and explosives detection by first responders - helping them resolve potential hazardous situations rapidly and safely. Further, the Scientific Working Group for the Analysis of Seized Drugs (SWGDRUG) recognizes Raman instruments as an analytical technique with the highest potential discriminating ability for the detection and identification of narcotics (Class A analytical technique).

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