Testing for metabolites in drug urine tests

NUS Department of Pharmacy professor Eric Chan and his team are investigating the interactions between three common types of NPS when they are consumed together with alcohol. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
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SINGAPORE - Forensic scientists have long been on the alert to keep pace with new psychoactive drugs entering the market, and tracking those who regularly consume them.

Known as NPS, these are designed to mimic the effects of controlled drugs such as cocaine, cannabis, ecstasy and methamphetamine.

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