With contributions from leading international academics across the biological sciences, this handbook takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. The 31 chapters are divided into four parts: Part I Determination of Substance Misuse Part II PK and PD in Relation to Patterns of Use Part III Detection and Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Use Part IV Controversies and New Approaches This Handbook is an excellent reference text for the growing number of academics, students, scientists and practitioners in the drug and alcohol studies community, and will be a vital resource to the allied professions involved in work-place drug testing, clinical toxicology, and forensic science.

Chapter 21: Forensic Toxicology and Death Investigation

Forensic Toxicology and Death Investigation

Forensic and Postmortem Toxicology
A Robert Forrest

Forensic toxicology is the discipline that deals with the study and investigation of the adverse effects of drugs and chemicals on organisms in support of the judicial process. In the context of death investigation, the forensic toxicologist will assist in the determining cause of death and may assist in the investigation of how a person came to their death by providing an opinion as to how drugs or chemicals found in their body may have affected their behaviour and state of mind during the period leading up to their death. They may also provide evidence as to the presence and potential effects of drugs or chemicals found in drug samples donated by persons whose ...

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