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Chemical characterization of counterfeit captagon tablets seized in Jordan.

Abstract

Fenethylline, commonly known by the trademark name 'captagon', is one of the most popular drugs of abuse among the young affluent communities of the Middle East. The Drug Control Department of the Public Security Directorate of Jordan has put captagon under control in the year 1988. Samples from 124 batches seized were analyzed by means of gas chromatograph-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The analysis demonstrates the presence of amphetamine, caffeine and several other substances, besides, the absence of fenethylline. Based on GC-MS analytical data, comparisons were made between the various samples to determine the similarities and obtain inferences with respect to commonality of origin.

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  • Authors+Show Affiliations

    Forensic Science Laboratory, Department of Chemical Analysis, P.O. Box: 330069, Amman 11134, Jordan. mah13669@hotmail.com

    Source

    Forensic science international 152:2-3 2005 Sep 10 pg 185-8

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    15978343

    Citation

    TY - JOUR T1 - Chemical characterization of counterfeit captagon tablets seized in Jordan. A1 - Alabdalla,Mahmoud A, PY - 2004/01/06/received PY - 2004/08/06/revised PY - 2004/08/10/accepted PY - 2005/6/28/pubmed PY - 2005/6/28/medline PY - 2005/6/28/entrez SP - 185 EP - 8 JF - Forensic science international JO - Forensic Sci. Int. VL - 152 IS - 2-3 N2 - Fenethylline, commonly known by the trademark name 'captagon', is one of the most popular drugs of abuse among the young affluent communities of the Middle East. The Drug Control Department of the Public Security Directorate of Jordan has put captagon under control in the year 1988. Samples from 124 batches seized were analyzed by means of gas chromatograph-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The analysis demonstrates the presence of amphetamine, caffeine and several other substances, besides, the absence of fenethylline. Based on GC-MS analytical data, comparisons were made between the various samples to determine the similarities and obtain inferences with respect to commonality of origin. SN - 0379-0738 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15978343/Chemical_characterization_of_counterfeit_captagon_tablets_seized_in_Jordan_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0379-0738(04)00459-1 ER -