Fluoromethcathinone, a new substance of abuse

Archer, R.P. (2009) Fluoromethcathinone, a new substance of abuse. Forensic Science International, 185(1-3), pp. 10-20. ISSN (print) 0379-0738

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Abstract

We have identified a new compound in capsules marketed as plant feeders available from internet suppliers. It is apparent from internet forums that these so-called plant feeders are being used as recreational drugs. The material is identified as being 3'-fluoromethcathinone. The compound in the capsule was identified by GC-MS, 1H, (13)C and (19)F NMR as well as FTIR. Other materials identified in the tablet were caffeine and a methylamine salt. The exact position of the fluorine in the fluoromethcathinone was determined by comparison with materials synthesised in our laboratory. Internet-based companies are known to sell 4'-fluoromethcathinone (flephedrone). We present GC-MS data for the three isomers of fluoromethcathinone and their N-acetyl derivatives and provide a rapid method for determining the positional isomers of fluoromethcathinone using FTIR or (19)F NMR.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: fluoromethcathinone, flephedrone, f-19 nmr, ftir, gc-ms, positional isomers, designer drugs, methcathinone, inhibition, isomers
Research Area: Biological sciences
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science (until 2011) > School of Pharmacy and Chemistry
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Depositing User: Susan Miles
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2009 10:29
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2010 11:04
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/4720

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