Special Issue "Forensic Toxicology: A New Scientific Contribution"

A special issue of Toxics (ISSN 2305-6304). This special issue belongs to the section "Toxicology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2022 | Viewed by 1544

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Antonina Argo
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Pro.Mi.Se. Department, University of Palermo, 90133 Palermo, Italy
Interests: legal medicine, forensic toxicology; DFSA, forensic pathology; victims of sexual abuse and violent crime; diagnostic and medico legal assessment; ethics in research
Dr. Elisabetta Bertol
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U.R.I.To.N—Unit of Research, Department of Health Science, University of Florence, 50121 Florence, Italy
Interests: forensic toxicology; DUID; DFSA; forensic pathology; legal medicine
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Dr. Marija Čaplinskiene
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State Forensic Medicine Service, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania
Interests: forensic medicine; forensic toxicology; forensic genetics; forensic pathology; legal medicine

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forensic toxicology currently faces the challenges of great analytical complexity and of increasingly sophisticated interpretative models of laboratory parameters; this implies a continued improvement in the investigative methodology, for the evaluation of xenobiotics both in living and in post-mortem samples. This Special Issue of Toxic explores all areas of scientific research concerning traditional and emerging substances of abuse, with their forensic and clinical implications, including both analytical approaches within different samples of human body, and their impact on human health and behavior, such as driving impairment and fitness to work. Interdisciplinary and integrated forensic toxicology research which meets these requirements are welcomed by this Special Issue.

Case studies concerning intoxication from substance abuse and overdoses of psychotropic drugs are welcome. Other topics of interest include translational, pharmacogenetic and pharmacogenomic research, relating to substances of abuse and psychotropic drugs, in living people and post-mortem forensic casuistry; driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances of abuse; drug-facilitated sexual assault; emerging studies of postmortem biochemistry; in-depth examinations of death from intentional poisoning; and suicidal and homicidal deaths induced by drugs and substances of abuse.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Antonina Argo
Dr. Elisabetta Bertol
Dr. Marija Čaplinskiene
Guest Editors

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  • forensic toxicology
  • analytical data
  • abuse
  • psychotropic drugs
  • human
  • samples
  • pharmacogenetic
  • pharmacogenomic
  • poisoning

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The Other Face of Insulin—Overdose and Its Effects
Toxics 2022, 10(3), 123; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10030123 - 03 Mar 2022
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Insulin is the most effective glycemic-lowering drug, and for people suffering from type 1 diabetes it is a life-saving drug. Its self-dosing by patients may be associated with a higher risk of overdose, both accidental and deliberate. Insulin-induced hypoglycemia causes up to 100,000 [...] Read more.
Insulin is the most effective glycemic-lowering drug, and for people suffering from type 1 diabetes it is a life-saving drug. Its self-dosing by patients may be associated with a higher risk of overdose, both accidental and deliberate. Insulin-induced hypoglycemia causes up to 100,000 emergency department calls per year. Cases of suicide attempts using insulin have been described in the literature since its introduction into therapy, and one of the important factors in their occurrence is the very fact of chronic disease. Up to 90% of patients who go to toxicology wards overdose insulin consciously. Patients with diabetes are burdened with a 2–3 times higher risk of developing depression compared to the general population. For this reason, it is necessary to develop an effective system for detecting a predisposition to overdose, including the assessment of the first symptoms of depression in patients with diabetes. A key role is played by a risk-conscious therapeutic team, as well as education. Further post-mortem testing is also needed for material collection and storage, as well as standardization of analytical methods and interpretation of results, which would allow for more effective detection and analysis of intentional overdose—both by the patient and for criminal purposes. Full article
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