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15th Jun
Forensic Lawyer

Defining the Role of a Forensic Lawyer

Reading Time: 2 minutesForensic lawyers are experts in both law and forensic science. The intersection of science and law has allowed for new tools and methodologies for discovering truth. Okorie Okorocha has served as an expert witness in over 280 trials. His role is to help juries understand complex, scientific concepts and to…

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8th Jun
Narcopouch Test

Narcopouch Tests – Drug Testing Made Easy

Reading Time: 3 minutesA narcopouch test is a presumptive test designed to identify illegal substances. After analysis, a presumptive test will tell you one of two things. It is definitely not a certain substance or the sample is probably the suspected substance. Similar to a portable chemistry lab, narcopouch tests are self-contained, providing…

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25th May
sweat patches

The Pros and Cons of Sweat Patches For Drug Testing

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe use of sweat patches as a method of drug testing is a relatively new development in the field of forensic toxicology. Sweat patch drug testing is becoming increasingly popular among employers screening employees and job applicants for drug use, although sweat patches are typically used to monitor persons on…

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18th May
forensic toxicology

Forensic Toxicology: The Accuracy of Drug and Driving Impairment Measures

Reading Time: 3 minutesWithin the field of forensic toxicology, studies can be done on the effect of drug consumption on driving abilities, in order to measure impairment levels. The extent of scientific study on the relationship between drugs and driving impairment is increasing and vast, however, much more research needs to be done!…

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11th May
expert witness

Help – I Need An Expert Witness

Reading Time: 2 minutesAn important thing any professional learns while studying their field is when to call an expert. Whether you are a doctor, engineer, historian, or architect, there will always be some aspect of your field that you will need to refer to someone else’s better qualified judgement. It is the same…

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23rd Feb
false positive drug test results

What Causes a False Positive Drug Test Result

Reading Time: 3 minutesDrug screening results can really affect the lives and circumstances of those it involves. Accuracy in how these drug tests are carried out is of high importance as the results can have long lasting consequences for the individuals involved. False positive drug test results are a real possibility in today’s…

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20th Feb
Alcohol Testing

The Accuracy of Alcohol Testing

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn the United States of America, a blood alcohol concentrate (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, is considered illegal if you are behind the wheel of a vehicle. Alcohol testing is used to determine if the BAC level is above the legal limits. Main Methods Of Alcohol Testing There are three…

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16th Feb
forensic toxicology

Forensic Toxicology: How Drugs Affect Driving

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn many criminal investigations it may be that analytical information is needed or testing required regarding the presence of substances at a crime scene or within a person’s body. This is the purpose of forensic toxicology: to test bodily fluids or other substances for toxic chemicals in order to obtain…

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26th Jan
pharmacodynamics

How Doses Influence Drug Toxicology: Pharmacodynamics

Reading Time: 3 minutesStudying the effects drugs have on the body, known as pharmacodynamics, is particularly important to drug toxicologists. In this next article of our Drug Driving series, a drug toxicologist will explain everything you need to know about what drugs do to your body. What Does Pharmacodynamics Mean? Unlike the study…

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19th Jan
pharmacokinetics

How Does Pharmacokinetics Influence Drug Toxicology

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn this installment of our series on drug driving, we will be investigating the study of pharmacokinetics and how it is used during the drug toxicology process. What Does Pharmacokinetics Mean? Pharmacokinetics is a subcategory of pharmacology that is interested in what the body does to drugs. Like germs or…

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12th Jan
pharmacology

How Do Drug Toxicologists Use Pharmacology?

Reading Time: 3 minutesDriving under the influence of drugs is a criminal offence. Often, drug toxicologists are required to use their knowledge of pharmacology to find out what drugs an impaired driver took, as well as the properties and reactions of the drugs. What Is Pharmacology? Pharmacology is often incorrectly used as a…

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29th Dec
drug trends

Drug Trends And Prevalence

Reading Time: 3 minutesDrug trends are strangely similar to fashion trends, with certain drugs being more popular at different times than others (for example increased methamphetamine use of the west coast, while more prevalent oxycodone use on the east coast), experimentation with newer designer drugs and periods of increased abuse. In this chapter,…

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Defining the Role of a Forensic Lawyer

Reading Time: 2 minutesForensic lawyers are experts in both law and forensic science. The intersection of science and law has allowed for new tools and methodologies for discovering truth. Okorie Okorocha has served as an expert witness in over 280 trials. His role is to help juries understand complex, scientific concepts and to…

Read More

Narcopouch Tests – Drug Testing Made Easy

Reading Time: 3 minutesA narcopouch test is a presumptive test designed to identify illegal substances. After analysis, a presumptive test will tell you one of two things. It is definitely not a certain substance or the sample is probably the suspected substance. Similar to a portable chemistry lab, narcopouch tests are self-contained, providing…

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The Pros and Cons of Sweat Patches For Drug Testing

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe use of sweat patches as a method of drug testing is a relatively new development in the field of forensic toxicology. Sweat patch drug testing is becoming increasingly popular among employers screening employees and job applicants for drug use, although sweat patches are typically used to monitor persons on…

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