Special Issue "The Identification of Drug Abuse"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 November 2022 | Viewed by 6737
Interests: forensic toxicology; data acquisition; gender differences; proteomics; post-mortem analysis; drug abuse; psychoactive substances
Over the last decades, interest in the field of forensic toxicology has continually increased and assumed a leading role, becoming one of the reference sciences for the elucidation of events of judicial importance. The need to reconcile analytical problems (e.g., relating to the qualitative/quantitative analysis of substances of abuse in complex biological matrices) with judicial requirements (i.e., providing data that can be used as documentary evidence in proceedings) makes the discipline unique among all "analytical" sciences. Thus, the availability of validated procedures, the constant monitoring of analytical performance through quality assurance protocols, the availability of certified “in matrix” standards, and the analytical problems underlying the analysis of new psychoactive substances in blood and other biological fluids represent the challenges of modern forensic toxicology. The correct interpretation of analytical data, especially to elucidate the extent of impairment induced by a certain substance, and "old" issues related to the correct interpretation of post-mortem data (given the impossibility of translating the therapeutic ranges defined “in vivo”) represent further areas of research and debate among scientists. Finally, the possibility of interacting with other disciplines (such as proteomics and social sciences) allows for extending the concept of analytical data acquisition/interpretation beyond the classical limits of forensic toxicology (for example, considering the influence of gender when interpreting the effect of a substance).
We are pleased to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue of Toxics on forensic toxicology, which will be focused on problems related to data acquisition/interpretation, with particular emphasis on post-mortem data, new psychoactive substances, strategies for an appropriate impairment judgment, and application of proteomics to forensic toxicology. In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are particularly welcomed.
I look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Maria Pieri
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- drugs of abuse detection
- interpretation of forensic toxicological data
- impairment degree definition
- post-mortem data
- new psychoactive substances
- biological matrices
- method validation
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