Rapid detection and quantitation of drugs-of-abuse by wooden-tip electrospray ionization mass spectrometry
Determination of drugs-of-abuse in body fluids of drug abusers is important for the law enforcement as well as the treatment and rehabilitation. In this study, wooden-tip electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (WT-ESI-MS), a simple and cost-effective technique, was developed for rapid detection and quantitation of common drugs-of-abuse, including methamphetamine, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), cocaine, heroin and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in urine and oral fluid, following our previous successful demonstration for rapid and sensitive detection of ketamine and nor-ketamine in urine and oral fluid by this technique. It was found that the limit-of-detection for methamphetamine could fully fulfill the cut-off value requirements of the international standards, and those of MDMA and cocaine could fulfill some of the requirements. The linear range, accuracy and precision for quantitation of the drugs were generally satisfactory, except for THC for which the analytical performance still needs to be improved. Analysis of one sample could typically be completed within minutes. These results indicated that WT-ESI-MS could be used for rapid screening of drugs-of-abuse in urine, oral fluid as well as other body fluids. © 2018
Ng, T.-T.; So, P.-K.; Hu, B.; and Yao, Z.-P.
"Rapid detection and quantitation of drugs-of-abuse by wooden-tip electrospray ionization mass spectrometry,"
Journal of Food and Drug Analysis: Vol. 27
, Article 24.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfda.2018.09.002
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