Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit Announced

On August 2, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the formation of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit, a new Department of Justice pilot program to utilize data to help combat the devastating opioid crisis that is ravaging families and communities across America.

Webinar: "Reading" Victims and Judging Credibility

The organization End Violence Against Women International recently announced a webinar on Friday, September 15 at 1 p.m. EDT titled "Reading" Victims and Judging Credibility - Best Practices in Promoting Victim Centered Investigations and Prosecutions. The program will demonstrate how to effectively read victims, perceive victim needs, and judge credibility, in order to develop areas of common ground necessary to build solid relationships and enhance successful investigations and prosecutions, from the crime scene to the courtroom.

Opioids and Animal Welfare

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is presenting a webinar titled "Opioid Substances: A Threat to Animal Welfare and Safety," August 29, 2017 at 1 pm EDT.

Heroin and Meth Arrests Increase in Maine

Abuse of recreational and prescription medications continues to be a substantial public health problem in Maine. According to a new study published in the May issue of Pharmacotherapy (PubMed ID: 28543168) conducted by the Husson University School of Pharmacy, the University of New England College of Pharmacy, and Bowdoin College, this drug epidemic may be evolving away from prescription opioids and moving toward heroin and stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine.

SWGDE Releases Drafts for Public Comment in July 2017

The Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) released a number draft guidelines for public review and comment in July. Topics included Best Practices for Image Content Authentication, and Best Practices for Archiving Digital Multimedia Evidence.

Video: NIST Calibrates Tape Measures

Is your tape measure accurate? In a video posted on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) YouTube channel, you can take a look inside the NIST Tape Tunnel — the place where metrologists check the accuracy of tape measures to about 0.1 mm.

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Interview with an Expert

One of the more specialized areas of crime-scene investigation has to do with searching for evidence of arson. To get some background in this area, we spoke with an individual who has had more than 46 years in fire service, 24 of which have focused specifically on fire/arson investigation.