Landscape Study of Field Portable Devices for Presumptive Drug Testing

Landscape Study of Field Portable Devices for Presumptive Drug Testing


May 2018


The goal of this report is to inform the forensic community about the current landscape of field portable devices and techniques used for presumptive drug testing. This report also contains a discussion of the benefits, limitations, and implementation considerations for various technologies, including mass spectrometry (MS), ion mobility spectrometry (IMS), Raman spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy (IR), and color-based testing techniques. This report illustrates successful adoption of these technologies in a field setting and identifies up-and-coming technologies that could impact presumptive drug testing in the future.

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence report was provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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