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NCJ Number: 91474 Find in a Library
Title: Forensic Toxicology (From Forensic Sciences, Chapter 31, 1981, Cyril H Wecht, ed. - See NCJ-91467)
Author(s): C L Winek
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 94
Sponsoring Agency: Matthew Bender and Co, Inc
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter describes the role of the forensic toxicologist in the criminal justice system and details drug analysis techniques of the profession.
Abstract: General issues raised in the discussion include scene investigation and the preservation of evidence, analysis of materials and interpretation of findings, and the forensic toxicologist as an expert witness. Following an overview of the methods of toxicological analysis, specifics are delineated for various drugs: ethyl alcohol, marijuana, heroin and morphine compounds, sedative-hypnotic drugs, LSD and other hallucinogens, and cocaine. Each drug is dealt with in terms of history and description, pharmacological action, toxicity, and methods of detection. The concluding discussion concerns drug and chemical blood levels, the utility of such data and factors affecting blood level values. Tabular data and extensive footnotes are provided.
Index Term(s): Expert witnesses; Poisons and poison analysis
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