Hair in forensic medicine

Bianca M. Piraccini, Massimiliano Pazzaglia, Antonella Tosti

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• Drugs, chemicals, and biological substances are stored in hair where they can be detected and measured. • In hair samplings, the window of drug detection extends to months or even years. • Collection is noninvasive, relatively easy to perform, and in forensic situations it may be achieved under close supervision to prevent adulteration or substitution. • The sample size required for analysis is small and is easily stored at room temperature. • Possible applications of hair analysis include diagnosis of drug abuse, poisoning and doping, evaluation of occupational exposure to toxics, evaluation of prenatal exposure to drugs, and monitoring of a patient's compliance with drug prescription.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHair, Hair Growth and Hair Disorders
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9783540469087
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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