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CONFIRMATORY AND COMPARATIVE DRUG ANALYSIS OF ORAL FLUID AND BLOOD SAMPLES FROM DRIVERS SUSPECTED OF DUID
POTVRDNA I KOMPARATIVNA ANALIZA UZORAKA PLJUVAČKE I KRVI NA PRISUSTVO PSIHOAKTIVNIH SUPSTANCI KOD VOZAČA

Authors

 

Silviya Stoykova1,2 *, Ivayla Pantcheva1, Kamen Kanev2, Vasil Atanasov1,2
1 Laboratory of Biocoordination and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”, 1, J. Bourchier blvd., 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria.
2 Emergency Toxicology Clinic, Department of Disaster Medicine and Toxicology,  Military Medical Academy, 3, St. G. Sofiiski str., 1606 Sofia, Bulgaria.


 

• The paper was received on 17.01.2016. / Accepted on 01.03.2016.

 

 

Abstract

 

Confirmatory drug analysis in drivers’ blood samples was performed in Bulgaria (2013-2014). The study was based on 241 samples collected from drivers suspected of driving under influence of drugs (DUID). Data obtained were compared with the results from preliminary oral fluid (OF) testing. The survey showed that the young people aged 18-25 are the main group of drugged drivers. Analytical data from laboratory blood testing indicated that the most common drug of abuse is tetrahydrocannabinol. The combined illicit drug usage by drivers was also frequently detected. Additional comparative analytical study of 50 used on-site devices and their test strips revealed that in-lab analysis of strips as a dried matrix is a suitable alternative to blood testing. The results showed that it is necessary to continue monitoring of both matrices (OF and blood) for the purposes of DUID control and forensic toxicology.

 

 

Key words

Driving under the influence of drugs; Drugs of abuse; Oral fluid and blood testing; Confirmatory and comparative analysis

 

 

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