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Opioids & Emerging Drug Threats – Integrating Public Safety and Health Data for a Forensic Response Webinar Series

Opioids & Emerging Drug Threats – Integrating Public Safety and Health Data for a Forensic Response Webinar Series

Overview

Building on the momentum of the National Opioid and Emerging Drug Threats Policy and Practice Forum held earlier this year in Washington, D.C., the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) will assist the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in a complementary initiative surrounding the topic by hosting a webinar series titled Opioids & Emerging Drug Threats – Integrating Public Safety and Health Data for a Forensic Response. This webinar series will allow for a more in-depth discussion of some topics presented during the forum. Additionally, new topics will be covered, such as: the impact of drug background levels on forensic labs, improving capability and capacity to measure human exposure to synthetic opioids, the role of ODMAP and other programs to mobilize response, and much more.

Target Audience: policymakers, governmental programs, state and local law enforcement officials, forensic laboratories, medical examiners and coroners (ME/C), and addiction specialists.

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Webinars

Forensic Epidemiology: Monitoring Fatal Drug Overdose Trends
Live webinar originally occurred on February 11th, 2020
Presenters: Sarah L. Lathrop,
Alison Miller, & Kathrin 'Rosie' Hobron
Click here to learn more.

UNODC Early Warning Alert System: Forensic Tools for New Psychoactive Substances
Live webinar originally occurred on December 3rd, 2019
Presenter: Dr. Conor Crean 

Click here to learn more.

The Next Wave: Applying Lessons Learned from Opioids and PolyDrug Critical Incidents in Addressing Emerging Drug Threats
Live webinar originally occurred on November 12th, 2019
Presenters: M.J. Menendez &
Dr. Barry Logan, Ph.D, F-ABFT 
Click here to learn more.

Improving National Laboratory Capability and Capacity to Measure Human Exposure to Synthetic Opioids
Live webinar originally occurred on September 3rd, 2019
Presenter: Dr. Rudolph Johnson
Click here to learn more.

Understanding the Impact of Drug Background Levels in Forensic Laboratories
Live webinar originally occurred on August 13th, 2019
Presenters: Edward Sisco, Marcela Najarro, Amber Burns, Robert Kirkby 
Click here to learn more.

Using ODMAP to Harness Data and Accelerate Action
Live webinar originally occurred on July 16th, 2019

Presenter: Aliese Alter
Click here to learn more.


Related Just Science Podcast Episodes

Just Solving the Opioid Crisis
Just Science discusses the Opioid Epidemic with RTI International’s Dr. Gary Zarkin and Dr. Jeri Ropero-Miller.
Listen to the podcast here.

Just Headspace Solid Phase Microextraction
Just Science interviews Dr. Jorn Yu, professor at Sam Houston State University, about the chemical analysis of controlled substances using automated headspace solid phase microextraction.
Listen to the podcast here.

Just Screening Blood and Urine
Just Science interviews Dr. Rebecca Wagner, a researcher at the Virginia Department of Forensic Sciences in Richmond, about a comparison of two validated LC/MS methods for the quantitative analysis of opioids, cocaine, and cocaine metabolites in biological matrices.
Listen to the podcast here.

Just Throwing DARTs at the Opioid Crisis
Just Science interviews Amber Burns, Chemistry Section Manager for the Maryland State Police Department, to discuss the role of technology in the fight against the current opioid epidemic.
Listen to the podcast here.

Just Opioid Financial Burden on Crime Labs
Just Science speaks to Dr. Paul Speaker, from West Virginia University, about the economic burden our justice system has from opioid deaths.
Listen to the podcast here.

Just Drug Courts
Just Science interviews Preeti Menon, the Senior Associate Director at the Justice Programs Office, a center in the School of Public Affairs at America University.
Listen to the podcast here.


Additional Resources

2019 National Opioid and Emerging Drug Threats Policy and Practice Forum: Strengthening Forensic Response and Informing Public Safety and Health
Click here to learn more.

Reports of Adverse Events Associated with Use of Novel Psychoactive Substances, 2013–2016: A Review
Read the review here.


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