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Reliable Quantification of THC in Chocolate and Identifying Fentanyl Analogs and Illicit Drugs using MassHunter - Archival

Potency testing in edibles is challenging, as each edible has a unique consistency, and each suffer from distinctive analytical challenges. During this time, you will learn tips and tricks to optimally extract cannabinoids and get the cleanest samples....

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Sample Collection Practices That can Lead to Elevated or Lower Blood Drug Concentrations: Grand Rounds 2022

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Seizure Deaths from Under-Treatment with Anticonvulsants: Grand Rounds 2022

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Sodium Nitrate, Sodium Nitrite and Helium: Grand Rounds 2022

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Specialized Forensic Toxicology, Pathology and Certification of Drug Related Death for Forensic Pathologists: 2021

Level: Expert level detail for individuals familiar with death investigation practices for professionals involved in complex medicolegal investigation of drug caused and related death

Target audience: Forensic pathologists, medical examiners, coroners, medicolegal death investigators, forensic toxicologists, forensic pathology fellows and residents.

Content: This is an advanced course designed specifically for forensic pathologists and toxicologists with moderate the extensive experience in medicolegal death investigation casework. It is recommended that Module II “The Evaluation and Certification of Drug Caused and Related Deaths for Forensic Pathologists, Toxicologists and Death Investigators” be completed prior to taking this course (see above). The main topics covered will include expert level review of the current analytical approaches and workflows employed in the postmortem laboratory such as immunoassay and mass spectrometry, and interpretation of toxicology results for specialized circumstances to include drug-delivery-resulting-in-death (“but-for”), drug use with restraint, hospital, and pediatric and palliative care deaths, exhumations, US Drug early warning systems, and other emergent topics.

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The Collision of COVID and the Opioid Epidemic: Grand Rounds 2022

The opioid epidemic in the United States began in the late 1990’s and accelerated around 2015. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID, first infected humans in late 2019. COVID has become a pandemic causing over 5 million deaths world-wide. COVID has caused over 780,000 deaths in the United States since the pandemic began, making the United States the only industrial nation that has the highest death rates from both COVID and from opioid toxicity....

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The Evaluation and Certification of Drug Caused and Related Deaths for Forensic Pathologists, Toxicologists and Death Investigators: 2021

Level: Intermediate level detail for individuals familiar with death investigation practices for professionals involved in routine medicolegal investigation of drug caused and related death

Target audience: Forensic pathologists, medical examiners, coroners, medicolegal death investigators, forensic toxicologists, physicians, introduction for medical students, residents and fellows to careers in forensic pathology.

Content: This course focuses on deepening understanding of drug involved death, leading to the interpretation of toxicology results as they relate to determining if drugs caused or contributed to death. It reviews toxicology and pharmacology including mechanisms of how drugs cause death. Drug categories addressed include illicit, prescribed, and over-the-counter medications with a focus on opioids, stimulants, and novel psychoactive substances. It will review the NAME autopsy guidelines and CDC guidance for the certification of drug caused and related death. Special attention will be paid to accurately recording of all drugs relevant to the cause of death in keeping with CDC requirements. The module will include an overview of what happens in the toxicology laboratory, basics of how testing is approached, sampling and storage best practices, matrix types, laboratory methods, and drug concentration evaluation are reviewed. The recommended approach for completion of the death certificate will be reviewed, with critical concepts being illustrated through case examples.

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The Science of Forensic Entomology

Forensic entomology is the discipline of forensic science that uses insects as tools in criminal investigations. In many instances, insects serve as physical and trace evidence associated with a violent crime. The most familiar example are necrophagous fly larvae that feed on human remains. An understanding of the development of the species present can lead to an estimation of the postmortem interval. Sometimes insects are the only available resource for making decisions on when the decedent may have died, if the body has moved from another location, or performing supplemental testing such toxicological or DNA analysis. In the latter example, fly larvae function as surrogates for human tissues....

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