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Toxicology For Dummies
Transcript of Toxicology For Dummies
-Studies the adverse affects of drugs and toxins on people
-Concentration and dosage in relation to affects
Toxicologists are usually dealing with levels below original concentration of the toxins because the drug is dissipated and metabolized by the body
Acidic v Basic pH scale
Dissolve organic materials and control pH of solution.
Then using organic solvents extract using organic solvents
Screening and Confirmation
Gas chromatography (GC)
Checks likelihood of drug presence quickly
Confirm results of screening
Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry test
test gives unique spectra for types of toxins
drugs in bloodstream for 24 hours
detectable in urine for up to 72 hours
Blood is capillaries transports drugs
Grows at 1 cm/month
Only way to test for long term abuse
Arsenic, Bismuth, Mercury, Thallium
Reinsch test-organs dissolved in HCl and copper strip inserted-dark coating indicates heavy metal
Blocks hemoglobin and causes asphyxiation
Spectrophotomrtric detection method
Gas chromatography test
Fatal concentration varies
Interpret how the drug influenced the behavior of the individual
Influence varies from person to person
Used to corroborate evidence found by other forensic departments
In death cases, toxicologists are called upon to verify presence or absence of drugs or toxins
Components of the Drug Recognition Process
The Breath Alcohol Test
Interview with arresting officer
Divided-Attention Psycho-physical tests
Vital signs examination
Dark room examinations
examination for Muscle rigidity
Examination for Injection sites
Suspects statements and other observations
Opinions of the evaluator
The 6 Categories
Drug Examination Process can suggest any of the following
Central Nervous System Depressants
Central Nervous System Stimulants
Overdosed on sleep medication
What Is Toxicology?
Toxicology is the branch of forensic science that is concerned with detection, identification, and affects of substances in the body.
The Role of Toxicology in forensics
1970's LAPD developed a training program to educate police officers to recognize intoxicated states and which drugs the individual may be using
Drug Recognition Experts (DRE)
("Forensic Application of Gas Chromatography)
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Mixing of multiple drugs in prescribed dosages can be fatal
Combining drugs can alter the affects and increase fatality rate
Michael Jackson's respiratory system was over-supresed
Austin, Ben, and Alex
Used to detect drugs and also explosion residue and ignitible fluids and fiber and blood samples