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Centice Announces the Release of Version 5.5 of its Drug Identification Software with Significant New Additions to the Illicit Database

Over 60 new substances help law enforcement identify narcotics, cutting agents, and precursors

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (April 15, 2014) – Centice Corporation, a pioneer in narcotic and pharmaceutical identification using Raman spectroscopy technology, today announced the release of version 5.5 of its drug identification software, which includes 64 new additions to the Centice Narcotic Library. The new drugs include synthetic phenethylamines (psychotic stimulants), cathinones (bath salts), and synthetic cannabinoids (used to manufacture synthetic marijuana commonly referred to as “spice”) as well as new cutting agents and precursors.

“We talk to people in public safety every day, helping us discover the latest drugs and illicit substances entering the market,” said John Goehrke, CEO of Centice. “The significant additions of new illicit substances highlight Centice’s continued commitment to deliver the most comprehensive databases for drug identification.”

Centice’s products enable law enforcement, narcotic squads, and drug task forces to quickly and easily perform drug identification without destroying any evidence. Based on Raman spectroscopy technology the system rapidly scans any unknown substance or pill and identifies its unique spectral fingerprint, comparing it to a custom library of over 3,800 narcotics, prescription pills, precursors, cutting agents, and synthetic drugs. The technology identifies both prescription pills that are broken, scraped, or crushed as well as mixtures in illicit substances (results are delivered for both the narcotics and the adulterants in the mixture) aiding law enforcement with intelligence-led investigations.

New drugs added to the Narcotic Library bring the database to over 200 substances. When added to the 3,600 drugs Centice’s Pharmaceutical Library contains, law enforcement can now identify the majority of illicit substances they encounter in the field. The new additions include:
• Cathinones: MDAI HCI, MDPBP, MDPPP, Methcahinone HCI, Pravadoline
• Cannabinoids: AKB48, AM2233, AM630, HU-210, numerous JWH, MAM2201, RCS-4, RCS-8,
• Illicits: Buprenorphine Hydrochloride, Flunitrazepam, Pentazocine,
• Phenethylamines: 2C-B-NBOMe, 2C-C-NBOMe, 2C-N, 2C-T-7
• Cutting agents and precursors used in making cocaine, MDMA, meth, and heroin

About Centice
Centice Corporation is a leader in delivering unique technology and systems for the identification of narcotic and pharmaceutical substances. The product line is based on Centice’s patented coded aperture Raman Spectroscopy technology, allowing law enforcement agencies to quickly identify over 3,800 Controlled Prescription Drugs (CPD), street narcotics and cutting agent mixtures, providing law enforcement with technology typically only available to crime labs. Operating worldwide through a network of distributors and support organizations the company sells to numerous markets including international governments, federal agencies, prisons, drug task forces, as well as local law enforcement agencies. The company is headquartered in Morrisville, NC was founded in 2004 from technology created at Duke University.