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2024 Current Trends in Seized Drug Analysis Symposium

Welcome to the 2024 Current Trends Symposium on Seized Drug Analysis. Now in its 7th year, this On-line Symposium has gained a reputation for creating a sense of community for forensic practitioners across the globe while disseminating timely and impactful information from recognized experts in their respective disciplines – a feat accomplished with no registration fee and no travel costs.

We look forward to a week of exciting interactions with scientists and law enforcement agencies worldwide who will show how drug analysis methods and data can be used in the fight against drugs and organized crime....

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A New Approach to Forensic Science Education: Forensic Pattern Analysis

Forensic Science has exploded in popularity over the last two decades with no signs of a slowdown in the foreseeable future. Colleges and universities across the United States have been responsive to increased student interest and heightened job growth in this discipline by creation of forensic sciences programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many of these programs have been designed with the intent of placement of graduates into accredited laboratories or agencies. Others were developed to meet market demand. Regardless of intent, the vast majority provide training and coursework focused broadly on criminalistics and specifically on either crime scene investigation or forensic biology and chemistry....

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An Introduction to Investigative Genetic Genealogy - From Crime Scene to Courtroom

Over the last five years, Investigative Genetic Genealogy (IGG) has emerged as an extremely powerful tool that has revolutionized the field of cold case investigation. This webinar is an introduction to IGG and how the tool is currently being used to identify human remains and provide investigative leads to law enforcement agencies. Legal and privacy considerations related to the use of IGG, as well as limitations of the tool, will also be discussed....

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Assessing Impaired Driving Trends Using Comprehensive Testing & a Multistate Approach

Impaired driving is both public safety and public health concern in the United States. Obtaining accurate data about DUID problem is difficult due to a lack of consistent testing, no centralized reporting and emergence of new drugs and adulterants in the drug supply. The CFSRE is collaborating with forensic toxicology testing laboratories and the Regional Toxicology Liaison (RTL) program to evaluate impaired driving trends and provide resources to laboratories....

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Autumn 2021 IACFT Virtual Meeting - Archival

The International Alliance of Clinical and Forensic Toxicologists (IACFT), your free, virtual, and multilingual association, is dedicating its Autumn 2021 Virtual Meeting to URINE. Urine is the biological specimen with the multitude of both functionalities and pitfalls when used in the clinical or forensic toxicology decision making. Join us for this three day virtual meeting that will be discussing urine-based topics including:

 

• What Is a Urine Drug Screen and How Does It Work?

• How Do False Positives and False Negatives Occur?

• When and how to perform Urine Drug Confirmations?

• Are Drug Quantitations in Urine Necessary or Could they be Misleading ?

• What Interpretations can Confidently be Made?

• Why does the way Urine gets collected matter?

• Why Does the Urine Collection Timing Matter?

• What Should You be Look Out For in Urinalysis ?

• Is Metabolomics Analysis in Urine able to Identify Potential Biomarkers?

• How to catch a Urine Drug Test cheat?

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Classical Mistakes Made in Forensic Toxicology by Forensic Pathologists: Grand Rounds 2022

The forensic pathologist interprets toxicology results in the context of the autopsy and circumstances of death. There are areas for potential error by the forensic pathologist with regard to toxicology analysis and interpretation in death investigations. These include determining the cause of death based solely on a drug concentration, not considering the nature of the specimen, and failure to communicate with the toxicologist. These pitfalls along with case examples will be presented....

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Complications of Naloxone Reversals That Still Lead to Death: Grand Rounds 2022

The presentation examines a tragic hospital death reported to the MEO as natural, for which the family initially refused an autopsy. It serves as an ideal springboard to examine the difficulties of pain management, basic pharmacology of both narcotics and of naloxone, and how pathologist and tox lab can work together to arrive at the correct cause of death as well as prevent future deaths.

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Effects of Scheduling on the rise of Novel Synthetic Opioids from Fentanyl to its Analogs to the Nitazenes

This presentation will review the recent history of the opioid crisis, with a focus on the impact of various scheduling strategies on attempts to control proliferation of new drugs and the emergence of potent novel opioid substances in new chemical classes, including the nitazenes (isotonitazene, metonitazene, and N-pyrrolidino etonitazene), brorphine, and cinnamypiperazines (AP-237, AP-238).

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IACFT: Three Days, Three Experts, Three Tox Talks - Spring 2022

The International Alliance of Clinical and Forensic Toxicologists (IACFT), your free, virtual, and multilingual association, is welcoming you to attend its 3-day, Spring 2022 Virtual Meeting.

 

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Impact of Postmortem Redistribution in the Interpretation of Postmortem Toxicology Results: Grand Rounds 2022

The presentation will use three real case examples to highlight and explain what the main points of interest are when trying to determine if postmortem redistribution is a factor in the interpretation of postmortem toxicology results. The presentation will aim to keep the topic and presentation simple, clear, and concise. The presentation will not be able to cover all aspects of this very broad and complicated subject. However, with the 3 case examples and general background information that will be provided, the expectation is that the audience will have a very good fundamental understanding of how to decide what is and is not relevant and how to work through a case so that a reasonable opinion can be rendered. The importance of understanding the context of any case and why, regardless of where you are in the investigation chain, you must have all the information before you can reasonably provide an interpretation and how the sample site(s) also provide important fundamental information.

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