As of July 1st, 2012, the drug laboratories formerly under the Department of Public Health (DPH) are now consolidated within the Massachusetts State Police Forensic Services Group (MSP FSG).  

There are now three MSP drug laboratories within the Commonwealth:

  • Sudbury
  • Jamaica Plain
  • Amherst

These drug laboratories analyze all contraband seized by State Police, local police agencies, and some federal agencies within the Commonwealth.

The most common substances analyzed at our drug laboratories include:

  • Marihuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Prescription drugs

To assist in their analyses, drug chemists in our laboratories may utilize analytical instrumentation that allow for the identification of a wide range of controlled and non-controlled substances.  This instrumentation may include:

  • Ultraviolet/Visible Spectrophotometers (UV/VIS)
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometers (FTIR)
  • Gas Chromatograph-Flame Ionization Detectors (GC-FID)
  • Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometers (GC-MS)

After completing an analysis, a drug chemist will generate a report reflecting his or her findings and testify in court if necessary.


Members of the drug unit may also respond to clandestine laboratory investigations within the Commonwealth and on occasion may provide technical assistance to law enforcement personnel in their on-going investigations.