Introduction to Forensic Toxicology
This one-week (36-hour) course will present a systematic approach to processing biological samples for the presence of drugs and poisons, and an introduction to fundamental theoretical principles applied to toxicology and drug analytes. Course topics include postmortem, antemortem toxicology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, sample preparation and extraction techniques, instrumentation (GCMS, LCMS, immunoassay), and basic classes of drug analytes (alcohol, CNS depressants, stimulants, etc.). Priority admission to this course will be afforded to California public crime laboratory personnel. It is directed towards those who are currently, or are soon to be, assigned responsibility for forensic toxicological analyses.