Author: Beril Anılanmert, Ibrahim Narın, Ibrahim Aydın and Munevver Acıkko
Publishing Date: 2018
Volume 31 Issue 1
In cases where pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical candidates are involved in drug facilitated crimes (DFC), like organ theft, robbery, rape and suicides, the analysis of drug powders or solution residues found in crime scenes may give idea on what the victims have ingested. An easy and fast simultaneous determination of 7 drugs; GHB (γ- hydroxybutyrate), GBL (γ-butyrolactone), norketamine, ketamine, fenobarbital, fenitoin and thiopental which have the potential to be used in DFC was performed. The method required no sample preparation and has 12 minutes elution time with a good chromatographic separation. The separation was carried out on a C18 monolithic column with UV detection at 215 and 237nm. All r2 values were ≥0.99 and the linear ranges were between 0.9956-1.0000. The LOD and LOQ values were between 0.56-5.55µgmL-1 and 1.69-16.82µgmL-1 respectively. The repeatability values were ≤7.35%. This is the first study in the simultaneous screening of the above mentioned drugs using HPLC.
Keywords: Drug facilitated crime and date-rape, GHB, GBL, phenytoin, HPLC determination.