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Guidelines for the Safe Handling and Disposal of Chemicals Used in the Illicit Manufacture of Drugs

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This Manual provides a set of methods and approaches, and practical guidelines, on the safe handling and disposal of chemicals used in the illicit manufacture of different drugs. The Manual is aimed at all those, who are involved in, or confronted with the need for, the safe handling, transportation, storage and disposal of seized chemicals. The methods and approaches described reflect the breadth of circumstances under which illicit drug manufacture occurs worldwide, ranging from recycling to disposal at the site of seizure, for example, at a clandestine laboratory site.

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Chemical tests to be conducted on unknown or unlabelled solids and liquids

Typically, the identity of unknown/unlabelled chemicals should be confirmed by laboratory analysis. However, presumptive group tests, which can be carried out at the scene (on-site) are helpful in determining appropriate health and safety precautions, proper storage, and potential disposal methods if the waste must be disposed of at the site and cannot be moved. Testing is particularly important if chemicals are opened, labels are missing and/or the original manufacturer’s seals are damaged, or in case of mixtures or clandestine laboratory waste. The following is an outline for field-testing to determine the nature and chemical and physical properties of unknown chemicals. It is not an outline for presumptive testing of substance identity.

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