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Mixture Analysis for Drug Detection with Cora 100 Handheld Raman Spectrometer

Cora 100 easily identifies mixtures of drugs and cutting agents

Introduction

The illegal manufacturing, trafficking, and consumption of narcotic substances result in a major health problem for the world’s population. According to the World Drug Report 2018 of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) the production of opium and cocaine is at the highest level recorded so far. Furthermore, the markets for cocaine and amphetamines are expanding and also the consumption of cannabis, the most commonly used drug, is increasing.

Street drugs do not usually come in their pure forms; they are either hidden in other substances or diluted with a cutting agent.

The authorities prosecuting drug-related crimes need fast and safe methods for the quick evaluation of presumably illegal substances in the field. Small handheld devices using non-contact and non-destructive measurement techniques with the ability to detect mixtures are ideally suited for this application.

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