Pathology, Toxicogenetics, and Criminalistics of Drug Abuse: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Pathology, Toxicogenetics, and Criminalistics of Drug Abuse

1st Edition

Edited by Steven B. Karch, MD, FFFLM

CRC Press

208 pages | 72 B/W Illus.

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Pathology, Toxicogenetics, and Criminalistics of Drug Abuse presents a detailed introduction to the cutting-edge advances in this emerging field. Beginning with a definition and explanation of the scheduling of controlled substances, the book covers all illicit drugs, as well as several legitimate pharmaceutical preparations that are used illicitly, including steroids. It describes in detail the most common pathologic syndromes seen in the hearts, lungs, and central nervous systems of drug abusers and explains how inherited genetic defects and variations can alter drug effects. Written by leading investigators in the field, this useful volume describes the techniques most commonly used by forensic analysts including chemical confirmatory tests such as microcrystal identification and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. The book reviews the basics of toxicogenetics, including the molecular changes in cardiac structure ("channelopathies") that may cause sudden death.

Table of Contents

Criminalistics: Introduction to Controlled Substances, J. P. Bono

Definition and Scheduling of Controlled Substances

Scheduling of Controlled Substances

Controlled Substance Analogue Enforcement Act of 1986

Controlled Substances

Legitimate Pharmaceutical Preparations

Unique Identify Factors

Analyzing Drugs in the Forensic Science Laboratory

Comparative Analysis

Clandestine Laboratories

Pathology of Drug Abuse, Edited by C. V. Wetli

The Scene of Death and the Autopsy

Heart Disease

Myocardial Alterations in Drug Abusers, S. B. Karch

Valvular Heart Disease, M. D. Bell

Lung Disease, M. D. Bell

Disorders of the Central Nervous System, M. Bell

Post-Mortem Toxicology, Edited by H. Druid

Introduction to Postmortem Toxicology, W. L. Hearn and H. C. Walls

Specimen Selection, Collection, Preservation, and Security, B. R. Hepler and D. S. Isenschmid

Common Methods in Post-Mortem Toxicology, W. L. Hearn and H. C. Walls

Strategies for Post-Mortem Toxicology Investigation, Edited and Revised by H. Druid, From the original by W. L. Hearn

Quality Assurance in Post-Mortem Toxicology, W. Andollo

Interpretation of Post-Mortem Drug Levels, G. R. Jones


Pharmacogenomics for Toxicology, R. M. White, Sr. and S. H. Y. Wong

Heritable Channelopathies and Myopathies, K. A. Glatter, J. Calkins, and S. J. Ayirookuzhi

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science