Frequently Asked Questions
How many spectra are in this library?
Currently, there are approximately 2583 spectra in the library (November 29, 2016).
How often will the library be updated?
This library will be updated on a regular basis. This will allow for the sharing of spectra for new and emerging drugs.
Where did the spectra come from?
Contributors to the library are cited in the "comments" section for each entry. Current contributors are listed below:
- DEA = Drug Enforcement Administration, SWL = Southwest Laboratory, SCL = South Central Laboratory, WRL = Western Laboratory, SFL1 = Special Testing and Research Laboratory
- AAFS = American Academy of Forensic Scientists (provided by Dr. Graham Jones, Graham.Jones@gov.ab.ca )
- ENFSI/DWG = European Network of Forensic Science Institutes / Drugs Working Group
- Jason Nawyn = US Army Forensic Chemist Jason Nawyn, firstname.lastname@example.org )
- QHFSS = Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services
- www.caymanchem.com = Cayman Chemical
- ForensicDB = RTI International/ForensicDB
- Broward Sheriff Office = Broward County, Florida Sheriff Office
Can I submit spectra for inclusion?
Yes, SWGDRUG is open to accepting contributions from the forensic community. If you have a new drug or drug-related compound that is not in this library and would like to contribute the spectrum, please email email@example.com to obtain instructions for submission. Instructions for emailing the file will differ based on instrument format.
SWGDRUG takes no responsibility for the validity of the submitted library entries. The onus is on the submitter to provide some verification information prior to inclusion into the library.
Which instruments are compatible with this library?
The NIST MSSEARCH program is compatible with instruments from all major manufacturers. Many manufacturers include a version of this program with the instruments; however instructions for searching the spectra are manufacturer dependent.
How can I make sure that I have the most current version of the library?
Visit www.swgdrug.org to get latest library updates. The current revision number and date is clearly indicated on the website. Each revision will need to be downloaded and installed prior to use.