Forensic Analysis of Designer Drugs

Building upon the success of last November’s “Forensics@NIST 2012” symposium, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering additional educational and skills-building events for forensic science professionals. All of the events will be free to attend and viewable via live webcasts.

One of those workshops, scheduled for two days (April 30-May 1, 2013), will explore emerging trends in the forensic analysis of three types of designer drugs: synthetic cannabinoids (chemical compounds that activate the same receptors as marijuana), substituted cathinones (stimulants sometimes called “bath salts”), and novel hallucinogens.

NIST is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration in this workshop to highlight current federal efforts to:

  • Regulate synthetic drugs;
  • Document the types of synthetic drugs being encountered across the country;
  • Make available physical standards for emerging synthetic drugs;
  • Collaborate toward enhanced use of databases in drug analysis;
  • Conduct research studies in the synthetic drug analysis arena;
  • and Define the pitfalls commonly encountered during analysis and interpretation.

Click here for more information and to register.

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