Within this department, substances suspected of being controlled according to Guyana’s laws are analysed. The results are interpreted and reported to the submitting agency and expert testimony is given in court, if required.

Samples are usually submitted in a variety of forms which include:

• Tablets
• Capsules
• Powders
• Herbal material
• Liquids
• Blotter papers
• Drug Paraphernalia

Our analytical scope includes identification of the following drugs of abuse:

• Amphetamines
• Barbiturates
• Cannabis
• Cocaine
• Opiods
• Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)
• Phencyclidine (PCP)
• Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB)


Drug testing is done using the following techniques:

• Colour tests
• Microscopic analysis
• Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC)
• Gas chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)
• Liquid Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS)