Identification and quantification of alpha-methylfentanyl in post mortem specimens

A. J. Gandolfi, T. J. Gillespie, T. P. Davis, R. A. Morano

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Alpha-methylfentanyl, a potent and illicit narcotic, was isolated and identified in post mortem tissues of a drug overdose victim. Quantification was performed with a gas chromatograph equipped with a nitrogen-phosphorous detector (GC/NPD). Alpha-methylfentanyl concentrations of 78 ng/g, 3.1 ng/mL, and 6.4 ng/mL were obtained for liver, blood, and bile, respectively. Conclusive identification of methylfentanyl was accomplished by mass spectrometry. Despropionylmethylfentanyl was also detected in the extracts of the victim’s tissues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-142
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Analytical Toxicology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Toxicology
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Chemical Health and Safety


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