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Drugs & toxicology

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NIST scientists develop Standard Reference Materials that forensic science laboratories use to validate the accuracy of their identification and quantification of controlled substances. NIST researchers are also developing methods to help investigators detect drugs at crime scenes, in cargo, and at transit hubs, and they are developing tools to identify emerging synthetic and designer drugs.

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Forensic Science Organization to Draft Standards for Sexual Assault Examinations

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Spotlight: Understanding the Chemical Compounds in Cannabis

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NIST Study Will Help Labs Distinguish Between Hemp and Marijuana

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