Title for non-professionals:
Improved detection of drugs of abuse in hair by mass spectrometry
Drug use is generally demonstrated by the detection of traces in blood or urine. But what if drug use over a longer period of time is of interest? Blood and urine only show drug use during the last few weeks. Hair, as an alternative, can be seen as an archive of a person's drug use, and can provide information of many months in the past for forensic and medical investigations. To make hair analysis more valuable for forensic
investigations, hair analysis methods have been improved and new methods have been developed to make hair analysis faster, easier to perform and more accurate. By use of new techniques, more details of someone’s past drug use can be obtained by longitudinal scanning of a lock of hair, resulting in a detailed timeline of an individual’s drug use. This detailed timeline can provide additional information for complex forensic cases.