Electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry for the simultaneous determination of opiates and cocaine in human hair.Anal Chim Acta. 2011 Oct 17; 704(1-2):123-32.AC
A fast and highly sensitive electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS) method has been developed for the simultaneous determination of morphine, 6-methylacetylmorphine (6-MAM), codeine, cocaine and benzoylecgonine (BZE) in hair from drug abusers. Pulverized hair samples were subjected to an optimized matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) procedure with alumina, followed by diluted hydrochloric acid elution on column solid-phase extraction (SPE) clean-up/pre-concentration. Alternatively, samples were also subjected to an optimized ultrasound assisted enzymatic hydrolysis (USEH) with Pronase E, followed by an off-line SPE clean up/pre-concentration procedure. Positive electrospray ionization and multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) with one precursor ion/product ion transition were used for the identification and quantification (deuterated analogues of each target as internal standards) of each analyte. The chromatographic pump and the autosampler were used for injecting the standards and the hair extracts (20 μL) as a flow injection analysis mode. The highest sensitivity was achieved when delivering the targets with an acetonitrile/water/formic acid (80/19.875/0.125) mixture. The limits of detection of the method were 39.2, 4.4, 6.8, 7.0 and 7.4 ng g(-1) for morphine, 6-MAM, codeine, cocaine and BZE, respectively. Relative standard deviations of intra- and inter-day precision were lower than 9 and 12%, respectively; whereas, analytical recoveries ranged from 96±5 to 106±4%. The developed method (MSPD-ESI-MS/MS) was applied to different hair samples from polydrug abusers, and results were statistically compared to those obtained after a conventional gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis and also after USEH and ESI-MS/MS or GC-MS determinations.