Title

Opioids and the Forensic Drug Analyst

Date

5-28-2015 1:45 PM

End Time

28-5-2015 2:25 PM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

Department

Chemistry

Session Chair

Arlene Courtney

Session Title

Chemistry Capstone Seminars

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Arlene Courtney

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Many people know of some of the more common opioids such as oxycodone and heroin, but did you know that there are additional and more dangerous opioids such as fentanyl and methadone that are being abused nationwide? The majority of abused opioids belong to the upper classifications of drugs deemed by the DEA as having the highest potential for abuse. To help in eliminating the presence and circulation of these dangerous drugs, forensic drug analysts are responsible for identifying unknown drugs that may or may not be opioids. They have a multitude of tests at their disposal that provide an accurate identification of individual opioids. Forensic drug analysts must also present their findings in court, where the fate of the accused depends on the accuracy of their laboratory analyses.

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May 28th, 1:45 PM May 28th, 2:25 PM

Opioids and the Forensic Drug Analyst

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

Many people know of some of the more common opioids such as oxycodone and heroin, but did you know that there are additional and more dangerous opioids such as fentanyl and methadone that are being abused nationwide? The majority of abused opioids belong to the upper classifications of drugs deemed by the DEA as having the highest potential for abuse. To help in eliminating the presence and circulation of these dangerous drugs, forensic drug analysts are responsible for identifying unknown drugs that may or may not be opioids. They have a multitude of tests at their disposal that provide an accurate identification of individual opioids. Forensic drug analysts must also present their findings in court, where the fate of the accused depends on the accuracy of their laboratory analyses.