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Distribution of methamphetamine and amphetamine in drug abusers' head hair.
Forensic Sci Int. 2009 Sep 10; 190(1-3):16-8.FS

Abstract

In order to aid the interpretation of hair results from methamphetamine (MA) abusers the MA and amphetamine (AP) concentrations in 2070 hair samples were statistically evaluated. The MA and AP concentrations in hair were put into three groups arbitrarily representing low, medium and high ranges and the metabolite-to-parent drug ratios of each group were examined. The concentration ranges proposed here were also applied to the interpretation of five authentic cases. The low, medium and high ranges of MA were 0.5-4.2, 4.2-24.5 and 24.5-608.9 ng/mg and those of AP were 0.1-0.4, 0.4-1.7 and 1.7-41.4 ng/mg. The AP-to-MA ratios showed large variation but a tendency that it decreased as the MA ranges increased. This evaluation was very useful to presume the severity of individuals' MA abuse and to provide law enforcement agencies more understandable information. It could also facilitate the court's decision regarding specific circumstances surrounding the drug-related crimes.

Authors+Show Affiliations

National Institute of Scientific Investigation, 331-1 Sinwol-7-dong, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul 158-707, Republic of Korea. sylee21@nisi.go.krNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19501481

Citation

Lee, Sooyeun, et al. "Distribution of Methamphetamine and Amphetamine in Drug Abusers' Head Hair." Forensic Science International, vol. 190, no. 1-3, 2009, pp. 16-8.
Lee S, Han E, Park Y, et al. Distribution of methamphetamine and amphetamine in drug abusers' head hair. Forensic Sci Int. 2009;190(1-3):16-8.
Lee, S., Han, E., Park, Y., Choi, H., & Chung, H. (2009). Distribution of methamphetamine and amphetamine in drug abusers' head hair. Forensic Science International, 190(1-3), 16-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2009.05.004
Lee S, et al. Distribution of Methamphetamine and Amphetamine in Drug Abusers' Head Hair. Forensic Sci Int. 2009 Sep 10;190(1-3):16-8. PubMed PMID: 19501481.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Distribution of methamphetamine and amphetamine in drug abusers' head hair. AU - Lee,Sooyeun, AU - Han,Eunyoung, AU - Park,Yonghoon, AU - Choi,Hwakyung, AU - Chung,Heesun, Y1 - 2009/06/05/ PY - 2009/02/19/received PY - 2009/04/27/revised PY - 2009/05/06/accepted PY - 2009/6/9/entrez PY - 2009/6/9/pubmed PY - 2009/10/30/medline SP - 16 EP - 8 JF - Forensic science international JO - Forensic Sci. Int. VL - 190 IS - 1-3 N2 - In order to aid the interpretation of hair results from methamphetamine (MA) abusers the MA and amphetamine (AP) concentrations in 2070 hair samples were statistically evaluated. The MA and AP concentrations in hair were put into three groups arbitrarily representing low, medium and high ranges and the metabolite-to-parent drug ratios of each group were examined. The concentration ranges proposed here were also applied to the interpretation of five authentic cases. The low, medium and high ranges of MA were 0.5-4.2, 4.2-24.5 and 24.5-608.9 ng/mg and those of AP were 0.1-0.4, 0.4-1.7 and 1.7-41.4 ng/mg. The AP-to-MA ratios showed large variation but a tendency that it decreased as the MA ranges increased. This evaluation was very useful to presume the severity of individuals' MA abuse and to provide law enforcement agencies more understandable information. It could also facilitate the court's decision regarding specific circumstances surrounding the drug-related crimes. SN - 1872-6283 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19501481/Distribution_of_methamphetamine_and_amphetamine_in_drug_abusers'_head_hair_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0379-0738(09)00208-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -