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The Synthetic Drug Crisis: Identifying NPS in Forensic Casework

Session 1 of 3 for Best Practices Guidance for Advancing Research Initiatives and Combatting the Synthetic Drug Epidemic
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3 hours 30 minutes

This online workshop series is focused on sharing information with the forensic analytical community to promote improved capabilities for NPS detection and measurement, as well as outreach to human and public health agencies and practitioners to promote better understanding of patterns of NPS use, diagnosis and treatment in the emergency room, and understanding of their role in determination of cause and manner of death, by collating and sharing information with emergency room physicians, medical toxicologists, and epidemiologists.


  • A Working Model for Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Combating the Synthetic Drug Crisis
    - Barry K Logan, PhD, F-ABFT, Chief Scientist NMS Labs
  • Identification of Novel Psychoactive Substances in Seized Drug Casework and the SWGDRUG Monographs
    - Sandra Rodriguez-Cruz, Senior Forensic Chemist, DEA Southwest Laboratory
  • Identification and Quantification of New Psychoactive Substances Without Authentic Reference Standards
    - Ilkka Ojanpera, PhD, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki
  • Forensic Drug Testing in Urine by Nominal and High Resolution MS Analysis using Threshold Accurate Calibration
    - Thomas Rosano, PhD, F-ABFT, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Albany Medical Center, NY
  • Screening Workflows for the Identification of NPS in forensic toxicology casework using High Resolution Quadrupole Time of Flight Mass Spectroscopy
    - Alex Krotulski, MSFS, Research Scientist, Center for Forensic Science Research and Education

Date Created: June 20, 2018