Live Opioid Series Registration Now Open

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is presenting a webinar on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 1 pm EDT, "Opioids and the Drain on Laboratory Resources." The event is part of the Opioid Crisis — A Public Health Enemy Webinar Series.

This webinar uses data from Project FORESIGHT to examine the effects of the opioid crisis on the demands for laboratory resources and the direct and indirect effects on the work of forensic laboratories.

The dramatic increase in abuse of opioids has an impact on all facets of society. Using data from Project FORESIGHT for a few of the most highly impacted jurisdictions, we examine some of the trends in the forensic laboratory as the opioid crisis grows. This includes a look at the direct changes in case volume, productivity, and processing costs for drug/controlled substances, toxicology ante mortem, and toxicology post mortem; but also includes an examination on the indirect effects on all other areas of investigation in the laboratory. The implications from a review of the data suggest that laboratories must monitor their own trends and plan accordingly or else risk having diverted resources begin to cripple the laboratory’s ability to deal with all of its casework.

Learn more and register here.

 
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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.

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