Forensic Chemistry of Substance Misuse: A Guide to Drug Control 2nd Edition

Forensic Chemistry of Substance Misuse: A Guide to Drug Control 2nd Edition

Updating and expanding the coverage of the first Edition, this book provides a chemical background to domestic and international controls on substances of misuse. In the United Kingdom, structure-specific (generic) controls have been further developed in the past 13 years and now cover 17 groups of compounds. The focus of those controls has been on new psychoactive substances (NPS). Since 1997, over 800 NPS have been reported to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drugs Addiction. International generic and analogue controls are described together with a critical review of their effectiveness. Other, established, drugs are described as well as a large group of psychoactive substances that are not scheduled by the International Conventions

This book has general appeal to those needing information on illicit drugs including forensic scientists, lawyers, law enforcement agencies, drug regulatory authorities as well as graduate and postgraduate students of chemistry and the criminal law. The chapters are supported by chemical structures, numerous tables and charts, appendices, a glossary and a bibliography. This unique book is a valuable addition to the literature in this area and will be of great assistance to those studying this topic.


Handbook of Forensic Medicine 2nd Edition

Handbook of Forensic Medicine 2nd Edition


The gold standard in forensic medicine references

In the Second Edition of Handbook of Forensic Medicine, editor Burkhard Madea brings to the reader, through a global team of expert contributors, a comprehensive and international approach to forensic medicine. In addition to offering new coverage of crime scene investigation, blood stain pattern analysis, terrorist attacks, fire disasters, new psychoactive substances, and molecular pathology, the book provides a thorough review of all aspects of forensic medicine.

The chapters represent all aspects of quality control and best practice and include case studies throughout to help illustrate the concepts discussed within and emphasize the links between diverse subdisciplines. Specialists engaged in daily casework will find that aspects of routine analysis are addressed in each chapter.

Handbook of Forensic Medicine 2e also covers the latest developments in forensic molecular biology, forensic toxicology, molecular pathology, and immunohistochemistry. It also offers:

  • A thorough introduction to the duties of forensic medicine in modern societies, including discussions of the international guidelines and accreditation in forensic medicine
  • Comprehensive explorations of medical aspects of death, including the nature and definition of death, autopsy, and mass disaster victim identification
  • Practical discussions of traumatology and violent death, including asphyxiation, electrocution and lightning, infanticide, and medical malpractice
  • In-depth examinations of sudden and unexpected death from natural causes, including postmortem biochemistry

This is a must-read resource for every specialist in forensic medicine, toxicology, and haemogenetics, as well as anyone expected to prepare a report for court proceedings. It’s also an ideal reference for lawyers and law students.