Identification of cocaine analytes in fingernail and toenail specimens.

@article{Garside1998IdentificationOC,
  title={Identification of cocaine analytes in fingernail and toenail specimens.},
  author={Daniel B. Garside and Jeri D Ropero-Miller and Bruce A. Goldberger and William F. Hamilton and W R Maples},
  journal={Journal of forensic sciences},
  year={1998},
  volume={43 5},
  pages={974-9}
}
Fingernail and toenail specimens were obtained from 18 suspected cocaine users. The nails were cut, heated under methanolic reflux, and the methanolic extracts were purified by solid-phase extraction. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry was utilized for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of nine cocaine analytes. Comparison of conventional postmortem analysis of blood and urine with nail analysis revealed a marked increase in the detection of cocaine use by nail analysis. Cocaine… CONTINUE READING
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