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Detecting and confirming drug abuse involving cocaine
Cocaine is a drug of current health concern because of its proliferation among recreational drug abusers.
Freebase and crack increase the potential for major cocaine toxicity. Cocaine use is declining across the nation according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
Increasingly, laboratory results are disputed or there are medical/legal overtones. Therefore, physicians are finding an increased need to confirm positive results before informing or confronting the patients.
Positives are reported with a quantitative GC-MS result.
COCAINE BY GC-MS
BENZOYLECGONINE BY GC-MS
Reports will specifically indicate the presence or absence of cocaine and benzoylecgonine.
The presence of cocaine, or its major metabolite, benzoylecgonine, indicates use within the past 4 days.
Cocaine has a 6-hour half-life, so it will be present in urine for 1 day after last use.
Benzoylecgonine has a half-life of 12 hours, so it will be detected in urine up to 4 days after last use.
There is no correlation between concentration and pharmacologic or toxic effects.
Not intended for use in employment-related testing.
For situations where chain of custody is required, a Chain-of-Custody Kit (Supply T282) is available. See COKEX / Cocaine and Metabolite Confirmation, Chain of Custody, Urine.
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