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Determination of Blood Alcohol Content has been a standard analytical method in criminal labs for many years. Recently, however, additional compound identification provided by matching the ethanol mass spectrum to a library spectrum, in addition to RT, ha

Analysis of Blood Alcohol by Headspace with Simultaneous GC-FID and MS Detection

September 17, 2014 8:34 am | by Zhuangzhi “Max” Wang, Ph.D.; Richard R. Whitney, Ph.D.; Nicole M. Lock; Laura Chambers | Articles | Comments

Determination of Blood Alcohol Content has been a standard analytical method in criminal labs for many years. Recently, however, additional compound identification provided by matching the ethanol mass spectrum to a library spectrum, in addition to RT, has proven to offer an additional level of confirmation. This article describes BAC analysis using a GC-FID in parallel with a mass spectrometer for positive compound identification.

Processing Evidence Requires Many Tests at WVa Lab

September 15, 2014 12:16 pm | by Wendy Holdren, Register-Herald | News | Comments

The WVSP Forensic Lab, an accredited, full-service laboratory, serves all 55 counties in West...

Novel Method for Portable Detection of Bath Salts

September 12, 2014 8:20 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Despite being outlawed in 2012 in the U.S., the...

Delays at Crime Lab Hamper Crackdown on Synthetic Pot

September 10, 2014 11:56 am | by Scott J. Croteau, Telegram & Gazette | News | Comments

Vice Squad officers will check stores and ask store owners not to sell synthetic marijuana...

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Polonium's Most Stable Isotope Gets Revised Half-Life Measurement

September 10, 2014 9:07 am | by NIST | News | Comments

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have determined that polonium-209, the longest-lived isotope of this radioactive heavy element, has a half-life about 25 percent longer than the previously determined value, which had been in use for decades.

GC-MS Running Both Single and Triple Quadrupole Methods

September 9, 2014 6:57 am | Thermo Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

  The new TSQ Duo system is based on the Thermo Scientific TRACE 1300 gas chromatograph and TSQ mass spectrometer platform, and is designed to perform both single and triple quadrupole analysis on the same instrument. 

Q-TOF GC/MS System

September 4, 2014 9:41 am | Agilent Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced the 7200B Quadrupole Time of Flight (Q-TOF) Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) System. The system replaces the company’s GC/QTOF, the 7200A, with new capabilities that will significantly boost laboratory performance.

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A recent study by the British Geological Survey, in association with researchers at the University of Leicester, has delved into the bone and tooth chemistry of King Richard III and uncovered fascinating new details about the life and diet of Britain’s la

Bone Analysis Reveals Richard III's Royal Lifestyle

August 26, 2014 3:19 pm | by Univ. of Leicester | News | Comments

A recent study by the British Geological Survey, in association with researchers at the University of Leicester, has delved into the bone and tooth chemistry of King Richard III and uncovered fascinating new details about the life and diet of Britain’s last Plantagenet king. The study indicates a change in diet and location in his early childhood, and in later life, a diet filled with expensive, high status food and drink.

 Four men have teamed up to empower women to prevent sexual assault by giving them a way to detect date-rape drugs. Students from North Carolina State University's Materials Science and Engineering department created "Undercover Colors" nail polish that c

Nail Polish Detects Date Rape Drugs

August 25, 2014 3:09 pm | by Lauren Keating, Tech Times | News | Comments

Four men have teamed up to empower women to prevent sexual assault by giving them a way to detect date-rape drugs. Students from North Carolina State University's Materials Science and Engineering department created "Undercover Colors" nail polish that changes colors when it comes in contact with the date-rape drugs Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB.

The Columbia Police Department in South Carolina has shut down its drug lab after an investigation found an analyst in the lab was not properly trained and her handling and analysis of drugs seized in criminal investigations were likely flawed.

Police Lab Shut Down because of Flawed Drug Analysis

August 25, 2014 11:58 am | by John Mock, The State | News | Comments

The Columbia Police Department in South Carolina has shut down its drug lab after an investigation found an analyst in the lab was not properly trained and her handling and analysis of drugs seized in criminal investigations were likely flawed.

Forensic Fiber Examination in Smothering Cases

August 15, 2014 1:05 pm | by Contact Traces | News | Comments

Diagnosis of death by smothering can be very difficult, in many such cases a forensic fiber examination doesn’t take place. In many cases post-mortem examinations fail to establish precisely how the deceased came to die, and likewise toxicological examinations may fail to illuminate any specific cause from a chemical perspective.

The owner of a now-closed Minnesota head shop has been sentenced to 17½ years in prison for selling synthetic drugs in a case that prosecutors said should remove any doubts that substances sold under such names as "incense," "spice" and "bath salts" are i

Synthetic Drug Seller Gets 17½ Years in Prison

August 15, 2014 12:38 pm | by Steve Karnowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of a now-closed Minnesota head shop has been sentenced to 17½ years in prison for selling synthetic drugs in a case that prosecutors said should remove any doubts that substances sold under such names as "incense," ''spice" and "bath salts" are illegal.

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Crime Lab Scandal Could Taint Many Cases

August 6, 2014 10:45 am | News | Comments

Drugs disappearing in dozens of cases are only one piece of a scandal that could shake South Florida law enforcement to its core. Investigations continue into the full breadth of the problems at the Broward Crime Lab.           

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas P. Gilson have announced that the complete catalog of the Medical Examiner’s Statistical Report is available online – totaling more than 60 reports.

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Expands Access to Statistical Reports Online

July 31, 2014 4:24 pm | by Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner | News | Comments

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas P. Gilson have announced that the complete catalog of the Medical Examiner’s Statistical Report is available online — totaling more than 60 reports.     

Rebecca Myers’ toxicology results will be included in her upcoming trial. In a written ruling, Judge James DeWeese denied Myers’ motion to have the toxicology results — which show she was driving with marijuana metabolites in her system — thrown out of th

Judge OKs Toxicology Evidence in Fatal Hit-skip Case

July 31, 2014 12:51 pm | by Kaitlin Durbin, Mansfield News Journal | News | Comments

Rebecca Myers’ toxicology results will be included in her upcoming trial. In a written ruling, Judge James DeWeese denied Myers’ motion to have the toxicology results — which show she was driving with marijuana metabolites in her system — thrown out of the case.

South Korea's forensic agency said on Friday it was impossible to determine the cause of death of a businessman linked to a ferry that sank killing 304 people in April because there was too much tissue damage to his badly decomposed body.

Forensic Team Unable to Say How South Korea Ferry Businessman Died

July 25, 2014 1:39 pm | by Ju-Min Park and Kahyun Yang, Reuters | News | Comments

South Korea's forensic agency said on Friday it was impossible to determine the cause of death of a businessman linked to a ferry that sank killing 304 people in April because there was too much tissue damage to his badly decomposed body.

Controlled substances are chemicals that have a legally recognized potential for abuse. They include “street drugs” such as heroin or ecstasy and prescription drugs such as oxycodone. Detecting and identifying controlled substances is a critical step in l

Trouble with Controled Substances

July 25, 2014 9:06 am | Articles | Comments

Controlled substances are chemicals that have a legally recognized potential for abuse. They include “street drugs” such as heroin or ecstasy and prescription drugs such as oxycodone. Detecting and identifying controlled substances is a critical step in law enforcement's fight against drug-related crime and violence.

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The Society of Forensic Toxicology Continuing Education and Drug-Facilitated Crimes Committees and the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will co-host a two-day workshop on Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA), taking place online and on location i

Drug-facilitated Sexual Assault

July 23, 2014 11:43 am | by NIJ | News | Comments

The Society of Forensic Toxicology Continuing Education and Drug-Facilitated Crimes Committees and the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will co-host a two-day workshop on Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA), taking place online and on location in Washington, DC, on August 11-12, 2014.

Synthetic Marijuana, No Longer Similar to Marijuana

July 17, 2014 1:05 pm | by Ben Wallace, The Advocate | News | Comments

Synthetic marijuana — different chemical blends first created in the 2000s to mimic the effects of marijuana — is nothing like its namesake anymore. While original versions had effects on users similar to marijuana, these newer forms of synthetic cannabinoids have wildly different, often much more dangerous effects on users.

Texas Woman who Sent Ricin Gets 18 Years in Prison

July 16, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jamie Stengle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas actress who sent ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and the New York mayor then tried to blame the crime on her soon-to-be ex-husband was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Wednesday.             

Analysis Gives Clues in John Doe Case

July 15, 2014 1:59 pm | by Channel 3000 | News | Comments

Scientific testing has helped investigators in narrow in on the identity of the teenage boy whose skeletal remains were found in 1995. The boy is believed to have died in 1994. The Smithsonian assisted by conducting what’s called stable isotope analysis on a piece of bone fragment from the remains.

MSU Professor Appointed to NIST Forensic Science Standards Board

July 11, 2014 2:03 pm | by Michigan State Univ. | News | Comments

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, have named Michigan State University’s Anil Jain among the first 17 appointments to the Forensic Science Standards Board.       

Legal Marijuana Goes On Sale in Washington

July 8, 2014 12:52 pm | by Gene Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment.          

Prescription Overdose Deaths in Florida Plunge After Tougher Measures

July 2, 2014 9:01 am | News | Comments

Prescription drug overdose deaths in Florida fell sharply after the state began strengthening its prescribing laws and stepping up enforcement. Federal researchers said Tuesday that it was the first significant documented decline in the nation since the epidemic of prescription drug abuse took hold more than a decade ago.  

Synthetic marijuana is illegal to use in Louisiana. But it’s becoming the new drug of choice — exceeding cocaine — because many users think it’s a safe, modified version of marijuana.

Synthetic Marijuana Use Increasing in Louisiana

June 30, 2014 3:10 pm | by Marsha Shuler, The Advocate | News | Comments

Synthetic marijuana is illegal to use in Louisiana. But It’s becoming the new drug of choice — exceeding cocaine — because many users think it’s a safe, modified version of marijuana. It’s not, say law enforcement and health officials.   

NMS Labs is launching its newest test offering for the latest group of agents to have come to the fore in the rapidly changing Designer Drug arena in the US.

Designer Drug Detection

June 30, 2014 2:40 pm | NMS Labs | Product Releases | Comments

NMS Labs is launching its newest test offering for the latest group of agents to have come to the fore in the rapidly changing Designer Drug arena in the US. The Pyrrolidinophenones or “Pyrros” are potent stimulants with psychoactive properties becoming popular with young people and drug users looking for a newer, different high.

As part of a portable cocaine test that takes just minutes, this microfluidic device extracts drugs of abuse from dried urine samples.

Fast, Portable 'On-the-go' Cocaine Testing

June 25, 2014 1:41 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Testing for cocaine and other drugs usually involves two steps: a quick on-site prescreen, and then a more accurate confirmatory test at a distant laboratory. Now, researchers report development of a backpack-sized device that can perform highly accurate and sensitive tests anywhere within 15 minutes. 

Forensic Facilities POTential

June 25, 2014 10:33 am | by Jinhee Lee and Ken Mohr | Crime Lab Design | Articles | Comments

With recreational and/or medical marijuana now legal in 21 states and the District of Columbia as of April 21, 2014, according to CNN US, one might wonder if forensic facilities can begin to scale back resources dedicated to the drug’s testing and storage. We believe that this may not be the case.

Challenges and Opportunities in Toxicology Sciences

June 23, 2014 9:09 am | News | Comments

OMICS Group cordially invites the participants across the globe to attend the 3rd International Summit on Toxicology & Applied Pharmacology during October 20-22, 2014 in Chicago, USA focussing on the theme: “New Challenges and Innovations in Pharmacological and Toxicological Sciences”.

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