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Re: How are drugs measured in hair?

Date: Sun Mar 25 07:31:57 2001
Posted By: Arthur Nascimento Junior, Staff, Federal Customs Analysis Laboratory, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 985464978.Ch

The drugs and other materials like heavy metals and explosives are 
extracted from hair bulbs by complexing agents. This extract in organic 
phase is submited to HPLC and  MS analysis to verify the amounts of these  

The sensitivity is near pg (pico gram) of certain drugs, and I know that a 
new apprach for this kind of analysis based  on the reserch of metabolites 
from human body fluids and hair .

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