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Drug Analysis Service

The Drug Analysis Service (DAS) operates laboratories across Canada that are employed to analyze suspected illegal drugs seized by Canadian police forces and the Canada Border Services Agency. The laboratories receive over 110,000 samples per year, confirming the identity and in some cases the purity of the controlled substances seized by police. The samples and analyses are often used as evidence in Canadian courts.

Additionally, DAS provides the following services to specific clients involved in the control of illegal drugs, controlled substances and precursor chemicals:

  • Support to other offices of the Controlled Substances and Tobacco Directorate to try and reduce the abuse of legal drugs and use of illegal drugs by Canadians
  • Investigation and dismantling of clandestine laboratories that make illegal drugs
  • Advice and training to police for sampling illicit drug seizures and on health and safety issues related to shutting down clandestine laboratories
  • Distribution of Dog training kits for police and customs canine divisions

The following pages contain information meant to facilitate the work of law enforcement, customs and health officials and legal professionals.

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