Application Note: Promises and Pitfalls of Alternative Matrices: Capture the Drug Traces you Need
9 February 2018

Many new psychoactive substances (NPS), drug combinations, and an expanding list of illicit or prohibited compounds, such as synthetic cannabinoids and opioids,  can be difficult to detect using traditional matrices and approaches. Alternative, fit-for-purpose sample matrices are of intense interest because they have the potential to make sample collection more convenient, noninvasive, and reliable. In this e-book, the pros and cons of traditional and alternative sample matrices are discussed, as well as new technologies making sample collection as convenient, tamper-proof, and reliable as possible, and reducing time-consuming analytical steps such as sample preparation.