Prevalance of synthetic cannabinoid use among persons undergoing drug testing for cannabis

Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) are often perceived as a legal alternative to cannabis and an important motive for consumption is the presumptive non-detectability in drug tests. In most cases of abstinence control ordered by court or driving license regranting cases, SCs are not covered in the drug panel analyzed. So far, only little is known about the proportion of participants in abstinence programmes switching to consumption of SCs, hereby bypassing the demand for abstinence. The aim of the present study was to assess the frequency of SC consumption among people undergoing abstinence control. The study data show that consumption of SCs by persons undergoing abstinence control programs is a frequent phenomenon among certain populations, with a higher number of “THC substituters” among court sanction cases (CSC) as compared to driving licence regranting cases (DLRC) and regional disparities. Consequently, analysis for these compounds should not be neglected in drug screening programs. It has to be noted that the majority of the compounds consumed were SCs of the latest generation, and analysis should be carried out applying comprehensive, up-to-date LC-MS/MS analysis rather than immunochemical assays. (A)

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    • Franz, F
    • Mueller, K
    • Jechle, H
    • Angerer, V
    • Moosmann, B
    • Schwarze, B
    • Auwaerter, V
  • Publication Date: 2017-5


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 111-2
  • Monograph Title: Verkehrssicherheit auf Strasse, Schiene, Wasser und in der Luft. Das 12. Gemeinsame Symposium der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Verkehrspsychologie (DGVP) und Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Verkehrsmedizin (DGVM) 2016 in Rostock. Themenheft
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  • Accession Number: 01641551
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2017 9:57AM