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Determination of Papaverine and Narcotine by using Ammonium Reineckate


METHODS of analysis of opium1 and major opium alkaloids are required in determining the place of origin in those areas of the world where illicit traffic in opium arises. The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in 1949 authorized research into devising chemical methods of identifying opium and invited member governments to participate in such a programme. Under this International Narcotics Research programme, Canada offered to train scientists from governments of other countries. This note is a publication of research results obtained by a U.N.T.A.A. fellow (L. K. T.) under this programme2 and reports a new method of separating papaverine and narcotine.

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KUM TATT, L., FARMILO, C. Determination of Papaverine and Narcotine by using Ammonium Reineckate. Nature 180, 1288–1289 (1957).

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