Forensic Drug Analysis

This class is Hands-on

  • Is that white powder cocaine?
  • What is the concentration of the heroin seized?
  • Is that tablet legal drugs or illegal drugs?
  • Is this a counterfeit or pharmaceutical drug?

This is for all drugs of potential abuse including illicit drugs, marijuana, pharmaceuticals, synthetic canabinoids, and synthetic cathinones.

In this course you will not only learn about, but you will get hands on experience, with the scientific techniques used to test drugs of abuse in their pre-consumption form. For far too long, lawyers have stipulated that the seized evidence is an illegal drug just because of one sentence in a crime lab report.

This course requires no prior knowledge or experience in science.

By the end of this course, lawyers will be able to understand how drug testing in pre-consumption form (solid drug dose) is conducted for nearly all drugs of abuse, sources of uncertainty (misidentification) of the qualitative measure, sources of uncertainty (wrong concentration or weight) of the quantitative measure, representative sampling, validation of methods, bench work, and federal analog act prosecution.

Attendees will use reagents (colormetric tests), GC-MS, GC-FID, and FTIR instruments with unknowns.

You will finally be able to represent people charged with possession of controlled substances and/or possession with intent and/or manufacturing competently in terms of the essential element of the crime charged (the seized unknown is in fact all illegal drug). This course is a must for your practice.
Pictures from the Forensic Drug Analysis course