Seung Kyung Baeck

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Recently, use of novel synthetic cannabinoids has increased greatly despite worldwide efforts to regulate these drugs. XLR-11 ((1-[5'-fluoropentyl]indol-3-yl)-(2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone), a fluorinated synthetic cannabinoid with a tetramethylcyclopropyl moiety, has been frequently abused since 2012. XLR-11 produces a number of metabolites in(More)
Hair is a highly relevant specimen that is used to verify drug exposure in victims of drug-facilitated crime (DFC) cases. In the present study, a new analytical method involving ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry was developed for determining the presence of model drugs, including zolazepam and tiletamine and their(More)
Methamphetamine (MA) is the most commonly abused drug in Korea, followed by cannabis. Traditionally, MA analysis is carried out on both urine and hair samples and cannabis analysis in urine samples only. Despite the fact that oral fluid has become increasingly popular as an alternative specimen in the field of driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) and(More)
The continuing appearance of new synthetic cannabinoids has been a major issue in the field of forensic and clinical toxicology. In response to that, analytical methods for synthetic cannabinoids have been increasingly established in a variety of biological matrices. Since most of synthetic cannabinoids with structure similarity share some enzymatic(More)
The effects of repeated hair washing and a single hair dyeing on concentrations of methamphetamine (MA) and amphetamine (AM) in hair samples of MA addicts were studied. Thirty-one MA positive hair samples collected from male (n = 24, 24-51 yrs) and female abusers (n = 7, 17-46 yrs) were evaluated for MA and AM concentration's changes after repeated hair(More)
The most important step for Paraquat analysis in post-mortem human blood (PMB) is its extraction from the specimens, as Paraquat is insoluble in organic solvents due to its ionic form. The most common extraction method, solid phase extraction (SPE), has been used for the extraction of Paraquat from PMB. However, SPE procedures are somewhat time-consuming,(More)
Amitriptyline (AMT), a tricyclic antidepressant that is a dibenzocycloheptadine derivative, is frequently used. However, the case reports of AMT-related fatalities are increased, nowadays, due to the low levels of toxic and fatal concentration in blood. So, this study was carried out to determine the concentrations of AMT and its demethylated metabolite,(More)
Propofol, a short-acting and sedative-hypnotic agent, induces and maintains anesthesia. Since it is known to produce mild euphoria and hallucinations, the recreational use of propofol has been a big issue in Korea. Furthermore, many deaths have occurred due to its abuse and misuse. In order to study the prevalence of abuse and deaths due to propofol, all(More)
The chemical castration law, which targets child molesters with recidivism, was introduced in Korea in 2011. For this, leuprolide, a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist, is used to decrease testosterone production and suppress libido. In order to achieve efficient law enforcement, it is necessary to monitor intentional ingestion of drugs that antagonize(More)
The abuse of sildenafil and its analogous, accelerated by their inappropriate or illegal distribution, is a serious social issue globally. However, no studies have been conducted to monitor these drugs simultaneously in hair, which can provide valuable information on chronic drug use. In the present study, an LC-MS/MS method was developed for the(More)