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Home > The analysis of substituted cathinones. Part 1: chemical analysis of 2-, 3- and 4-methylmethcathinone.

Power, JD and McGlynn, P and Clarke, K and McDermott, SD and Kavanagh, P and O'Brien, J (2011) The analysis of substituted cathinones. Part 1: chemical analysis of 2-, 3- and 4-methylmethcathinone. Forensic Science International , 212 , (1-3) , pp. 6-12.

The ring substituted methyl isomers of methcathinone, 2-, 3-and 4-methylmethcathinone were analysed. The 2- and 3-isomers were synthesized. The 4-methylmethcathinone isomer is also known as mephedrone and has been widely studied. We present GCMS, NMR and IR data for the three isomers. We show that the three isomers can be separated by GCMS and that the IR spectra for the three compounds can be used to distinguish between them. A seized sample was analysed and it was found to contain 4-methylmethcathinone and benzocaine.

 

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