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Drugs & toxicology

Overview

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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NIST Study Will Help Labs Distinguish Between Hemp and Marijuana

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K9 Chemistry: A Safer Way to Train Detection Dogs

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NIST Launches an Updated Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science

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