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Drug Identification Unit

Supervisor Philip Smith

Lab technician preparing sample for testingThe Drug Identification Unit is responsible for the analysis and identification of drugs of abuse in plant materials, powders, tablets, capsules, liquids, and other substances submitted by the client.

Testing is performed using state of the art analytical instruments such as Gas Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry, Infrared Spectroscopy, Liquid Chromatography, and Ultraviolet Spectrophotometry. Using these instruments and internationally accepted accreditation standards for testing, unit personnel can determine if submitted evidence contains drugs of abuse. This information is then used by the Judicial System to determine the guilt or innocence of individuals charged with drug related crimes.

Lab technician pouring sample into container Lab technician at computer Lab technician viewing results on computer