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 23: Future Directions: What is the Way Forward for Toxicology and Forensic Research?

Future Directions: What is the Way Forward for Toxicology and Forensic Research?

Future Directions: What is the Way Forward for Toxicology and Forensic Research?
Steven B. Karch

On January 27, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States passed a little known, ruling that has already been cited in numerous cases. The ruling should prove to have great impact on the toxicology of drug abuse, or at least on the way that toxicology findings will be understood and interpreted legally and clinically (Burrage v. U.S., 134 S.Ct. 881; U.S., Jan. 27, 2014). Surprisingly, both conservative and liberal members of the Court agreed on the ruling, though it seems unlikely, at least to this writer, that the Court would have had any inkling about what an important ...

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