The proposed project will focus on applying analytical chemistry knowledge for the simultaneous detection of drugs of abuse and pharmaceutical compounds from human hair. This complements our current research on DFSA using the spiked beverages.
By the time DFSA cases are reported, drugs are cleared from our body resulting in their non-detection. Using hair in such cases serves as an ideal matrix as hair retains the drug use history, not only for days and weeks, but also for months and years.
In order to increase conviction rates, the selected student would be engaged in the method development for the detection of DFSA drugs using hair samples.