Controlled Substance Analysis
The St. Louis County Police Crime Laboratory Drug Chemistry section tests a variety of evidentiary items for the presence of controlled substances. Items tested include powders, liquids, plant material, tablets, capsules, pharmaceuticals, and various forms of paraphernalia.
Forensic chemists routinely confirm substances such as marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine HCL/cocaine base, pharmaceuticals, anabolic steroids, synthetic cannabinoids and bath salts, while also confirming lesser known designer drugs and final product/ precursor components from suspected clandestine laboratories. Forensic chemists rely on State of Missouri and Federal statutes to determine whether or not an identified substance is controlled.