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NCJ Number: 183309 Find in a Library
Title: Recommendations for Toxicological Investigations of Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assaults
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:44  Issue:1  Dated:January 1999  Pages:227-230
Author(s): Marc LeBeau M.S.; Wilmo Andollo B.S.; W. Lee Hearn Ph.D.; Randall Baselt Ph.D.; Edward Cone Ph.D.; Bryan Finkle Ph.D.; Diane Fraser M.S.; Amanda Jenkins Ph.D.; Joel Mayer Ph.D.; Adam Negrusz Ph.D.; Alphonse Poklis Ph.D.; Lionel Raymon Ph.D.; Michael Robertson Ph.D.; Joseph Saady Ph.D.; H. Chip Walls B.S.
Date Published: January 1999
Page Count: 4
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These recommendations and guidelines are intended to inform police, medical, and scientific personnel of the requirements for performing successful toxicological examinations in cases of drug-facilitated rape.
Abstract: The guidelines resulted from the authors’ meeting during the 1998 American Academy of Forensic Sciences Meeting in San Francisco, Calif., to discuss these issues and to develop guidelines for collecting and submitting biological specimens of suspected date rapes and to assist professionals in forensic toxicology. One of the most difficult aspects of toxicological investigations is the extensive varieties and vast chemical differences among drugs used in drug-facilitated rape. Medical and police professionals should obtain a 100 milliliter urine specimen as quickly as possible, at least within 4 days of the alleged event. They should also collect and preserve a 30 milliliter blood specimen when it can be obtained within 24 hours of ingestion of the drug. Forensic toxicology laboratories should develop and validate analytical procedures that can detect and identify the common date-rape drugs at low concentrations. Research should also focus on the use of non-routine specimens such as hair and sweat and on the amnesiac effect of different drugs with and without the presence of alcohol. Tables and 22 references
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Acquaintance rape; Drug analysis; Drug effects; Drug Related Crime; Evidence collection; Evidence preservation; Rape investigations
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