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“Problems in Identification of Methylenediony and Methoxy Amphetamines”.
Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology & Police Science. 1972;63(2):304-12.
A new series of amphetamines, in which the hydrogen atoms in the phenyl ring are substituted by method or methylenedio_, groups seems to confer a hallucinogenic property, to these compounds. Initial identification of these compounds are made by means of a combination of IR, NMR, and Mass Spec methods. Spectroscopic properties of some of these compounds are presented.
Dr. Sreenivasan is a meber of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and Applied Spectroscopy. This paper was prepared for presentation during a meeting of the Crime Laboratory Chemists in August 1970.
A new series of amphetamines, in which the hydrogen atoms in the phenyl ring are substituted by methoxy or methylenedioxy groups seems to confer a hallucinogenic property to these compounds. Initial identification of these compounds are made by means of a combination of IR, NMR, and Mass Spec methods. Spectroscopic properties of some of these compounds are presented.
Amphetamine and methamphetamine are two well-known phenylethylamines. For a number of years, these stimulating agents are being commercially manufactured in large quantities; and are abused, at times, by our ever-increasing drug-seeking population. Clinical and forensic chemists and toxicologists are well aware of this problem and standardised procedures (generally using GC methods) are available to test the presence of these drugs.
Lately, however, perhaps clue to increased demand for all types of mind-altcring, hallucinogenic, drugs, new series of phenylethylamincs are coming into the hands of drug abusers. This complicates the problem of detecting thcse compounds. about thirteen phenylethylamines are discusscd in the book by Clarke (1). Sorne spectral properties of at least fourteen phenylethylamincs arc given in Sadtler (2). Recently, Ho and co-workers have described the synthesis and phannacological activity of many methylenedioxy and methoxyphenethylamines (3,4). This paper deals with some of these phenylethylamines and dicusses the methods of identification by various spectroscopic methods, with their inherent difficulties.
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