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19th Jan
pharmacokinetics

How Does Pharmacokinetics Influence Drug Toxicology

In 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?

Driving 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

Drug 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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15th Dec
drug test kits

What Are Police Field Drug Test Kits

Police Field Drug Test Kits are similar to instant soup; each different drug has its own pre-prepared sachet, all that the officer has to do is to add a small sample of the drug in question to the bag, break the two phials inside and look for a color change….

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8th Dec
gunshot residue

The Reliability Of Gunshot Residue

Gunshot Residue (GSR) or Firearm Discharge Residue (FDR) is the technical term used for particles that are deposited on the body and clothing of a person who discharges a firearm. It can also be found on surfaces nearby the location of the discharge such as walls or floors. Gunshot residue…

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24th Nov
hair drug tests

Influencing Factors On Hair Drug Tests

Today, there are tools and technologies that help assess the influence of drugs on the human body. One way to measure the effects of toxicological influences is through hair drug tests. The analysis of biological samples for the presence of toxins, such as hair drug tests, can be used in…

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17th Nov
toxicology testing

How Real Is Toxicology Testing On TV

Television communicates a rather interesting narrative on how toxicology tests are conducted. On television, toxicology testing can appear glamorous, easy, and efficient. The truth is, toxicology testing reality is far from the elegant forensic portrayal on television. What Is Toxicology Testing? Toxicology tests are processes used to check for drugs,…

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10th Nov
types of drug tests

Types Of Drug Tests In The 21st Century

There is an increasing demand for toxicology data in the 21st century. With the number of types of drug tests available, many institutions and companies insist on drug tests before hiring or accepting a candidate. Traditional vitro methods of drug testing are not always feasible or time efficient. With the…

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27th Oct
urine testing

Drug Toxicology: Alcohol vs Drug related DUI

Part two of the series on drug toxicology is focused on how alcohol-impaired driving compares to driving under the influence of drugs. This article explores the well-documented consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol, how prosecution of drug-impaired driving compares, and how blood and urine testing are required to…

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20th Oct
expert witness qualifications

Expert Witness Qualifications Process

Expert witness qualifications involve a few factors but there are no set of baseline requirements. To become an expert witness, you must be knowledgeable in your area of expertise and have some understanding of the legal and judicial system. However, knowledge of your field and of the legal system is…

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6th Oct
history of forensic toxicology

A Short History of Forensic Toxicology

Forensic toxicology is an essential component of many types of medical or legal investigations. The field of forensic toxicology covers a variety of crimes involving anything from prescription medications to recreational drug use. Many of us are aware of how police officers and attorneys use forensic toxicology but the history…

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22nd Sep
forensic toxicologist

Drug Toxicology: Impairment & Driving

Driving while under the influence of drugs (DUID) is a serious and potentially fatal offense. Part one of this drug toxicology series will focus on what happens if a person is caught driving under the influence of drugs, the forensic tests needed as well as the challenges that arise when…

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The Trouble With Police Field Drug Test Kits

Police use a variety of “quick and reliable” drug tests that can easily be administered. But while they definitely are quick, they are not the most reliable. Despite concerns about inaccuracies, police field drug test kits are still used on a daily basis and contribute to false convictions. Unlike the…

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Looking For A Toxicology Co-Counsel?

Choosing the right counsel for your court case can be a difficult decision to make, and it involves careful deliberation to make sure you have the right assistance by your side. Your case may involve toxins, poisons, narcotics, or other chemical substances that complicate court proceedings, and you may want…

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The Challenges Of Hair Follicle Testing

Hair follicle testing has risen in use to over 200,000 drug tests per year in the U.S. This type of drug testing analyzes the hair shaft for drug metabolites, as opposed to analyzing bodily fluids such as urine or saliva which are used in most other types of drug testing….

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