Identification of Legal Highs using Handheld Raman Spectroscopy

New psychoactive substances, also known as ‘legal highs’, are often labeled as containing a pure form of one drug product, for example 2-aminoindan.  However, these substances often show to contain a mixture of other drugs/inactive substances which affect their actions/ adverse effects.  Handheld Raman spectroscopy offers the advantage of rapidity, mobility, low-cost and accuracy in identifying drug products. Although laboratory-based Raman instruments provide better spectral quality; handheld instruments have proved better accuracy in identification and quantification of pharmaceutical products.

This article was recently published in American Pharmaceutical Review.  Click here to read the full article:

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