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T - Toxicology Program

Forensic Alcohol Supervisor

Class Code: 
T109

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Rancho Cordova
Class Description: 
This one-week (40-hour) course presents the scientific principles relating to the analysis of blood, breath, and urine samples for alcohol content as well as the effects of alcohol on a person?s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. This course meets the requirements of Section 1216.1(e)(2) of Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations to waive the two years experience necessary to qualify as a Forensic Alcohol Supervisor. The course will include the following subjects: (A) Value and purpose of forensic alcohol analysis, including breath alcohol; (B) Physiology of alcohol; (C) Pharmacology and toxicology of alcohol; (D) Laboratory methods of alcohol analysis; (E) Instruments and procedures for breath alcohol determination; (F) Practical laboratory demonstration of the student?s ability to perform alcohol analysis; (G) Interpretation of blood alcohol results; correlation of levels with observations of behavior and demeanor; and of levels with amount of ingested alcohol; (H) Court testimony; (I) Court decisions regarding chemical tests of alcohol; and (J) Requirements of Title 17.
Instructor: 
Various
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, audiovisual presentations, and demonstrations.
Objectives: 
Students will be able to relate impairment with blood alcohol concentration, describe the metabolism and elimination of alcohol in humans, design and perform their own impairment studies, and be conversant with current California regulations controlling alcohol testing.
Prerequisites: 
Forensic Alcohol Analyst.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading material and project.
Materials Fee: 
$50.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of the class. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to California public crime laboratory personnel. A $600.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

Course Contact:

Pharmacology of MDMA

Class Code: 
T103e

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Los Angeles and Webinar
Class Description: 
Nature of drug targets and the neurochemistry related to actions of MDMA and of related ring-substituted beta-phenethylamines. Pharmacology of these compounds will be presented as an application of these principles. Review of T103A. Assignment of take-home problem set.
Instructor: 
Arthur K. Cho,Ph.D.; UCLA Center for Health Sciences
Teaching Methods: 
Lecture and Discussion In Classroom and by Webinar
Objectives: 
Part T103a Pharmacokinetic Processes subject material is essential. If review would be helpful, students are welcome to participate in T103a, as a refresher. Alternately, refer to notes from last year's class.
Tuition: 
No cost to public California crime laboratory personnel.

Course Contact:

Neurobiology and Pharmacokinetics of Cannabinoids

Class Code: 
T103d

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Los Angeles and Webinar
Class Description: 
Cannabis is the most commonly abused drug in the world, and also is the source of multiple therapeutic compounds. The mechanisms of action of cannabiniods, the endogeneous cannabinoid system, routes of drug administration and disposition of cannabinoids in routine and alternative matrices will be discussed. In addition, the development of drug tolerance, and cannabinoid test results following acute and chronic exposure and driving under the influence of cannabis will be highlighted.
Instructor: 
Marilyn A. Huestis, Ph.D; Chemistry and Drug Metabolism, Biomedical Research Center, National Institute of Health, Baltimore, MD
Teaching Methods: 
Webinar and Classroom (seating may be limited)
Prerequisites: 
Familiarity with principles of human physiology and with general, organic and biochemistry.
Preparation: 
Familiarity with neurochemistry will be helpful.
Tuition: 
No cost to public California crime laboratory personnel.

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Unlocking the Significance of Forensic Toxicology Results

Class Code: 
T103c

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Los Angeles and Webinar
Class Description: 
Understanding a drug's pharmacology is essential to interpretation of drug test results. The absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs vary by route of administration, but also is affected by the physiochemical properties of the drug, the physiological state of the individual, and other drugs that may be co-ingested. The concept of hysteresis and its effects on interpretation of results will be introduced.
Instructor: 
Marilyn A. Huestis, Ph.D; Chemistry and Drug Metabolism, Biomedical Research Center, National Institute of Health, Baltimore, MD
Teaching Methods: 
Webinar and Classroom (seating may be limited)
Prerequisites: 
Familiarity with principles of human physiology and general, organic and biochemistry.
Preparation: 
Familiarity with neurochemistry will be helpful.
Tuition: 
No cost to public California crime laboratory personnel.

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Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics of Amphetamines and Cocaine

Class Code: 
T103b

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Los Angeles and Webinar
Class Description: 
Review of pharmacokinetic processes take-home problem set. Nature of drug targets and neurochemistry related to actions of amphetamines and cocaine. Phamacology of amphetamines and of cocaine presented as an application of these principles.
Instructor: 
Arthur K. Cho, Ph.D; UCLA Center for Health Services
Teaching Methods: 
Webinar and Classroom (seating may be limited)
Prerequisites: 
T103A Pharmacokinetic Processes required. Familiarity with principles of human physiology and general, organic and biochemistry.
Preparation: 
Familiarity with neurochemistry will be helpful.
Tuition: 
No cost to public California crime laboratory personnel.

Course Contact:

Pharmacokinetic Processes

Class Code: 
T103a

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
Webinar & Classroom Los Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory, CSU Los Angeles
Class Description: 
General principles that control drug distribution and elimination. These principles apply to drugs and to foreign compounds in general. Assignment of take-home problem set.
Instructor: 
Arthur K. Cho, Ph.D; UCLA Center for Health Services
Teaching Methods: 
Lecture and Discussion In Classroom and by Webinar
Prerequisites: 
Familiarity with principles of human physiology and general, organic and biochemistry.
Preparation: 
Familiarity with neurochemistry will be helpful.
Tuition: 
No cost to public California crime laboratory personnel.

Course Contact:

Forensic Toxicology - Pharmacology

Class Code: 
T103

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
Various
Class Description: 
This one-week (36-hour) course will present an introduction to the principles of pharmacology and provide a firm basis for understanding, for a variety of classes of pharmacological agents, the movement of drugs through the body, effects of drugs on various physiological functions, and biotransformation and elimination of drugs as well as what factors affect these processes. Priority admission to this course will be afforded to California public crime laboratory personnel. It is directed towards those who are currently assigned responsibility for forensic toxicological analyses. POST reimbursement, plan IV, is pending approval.
Instructor: 
Various
Teaching Methods: 
Familiarity with principles of human physiology and with general, organic, and biochemistry. Familiarity with neurochemistry will be helpful.
Materials Fee: 
$100.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of the class. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $300.00 tuition fee is required for members of qualifying professional organizations. A $600.00 tuition fee is required for all other public agencies, private sector, or out of state applicants.

Course Contact:

Forensic Toxicology Instrumentation - LCMSMS

Class Code: 
T102b

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center California State University Los Angeles
Class Description: 
This 16-hour course presents a comprehensive overview of the theory and practical application of liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) instrumentation in forensic toxicology. Topics to be presented include basic LC theory and operation, basic mass spectrometer theory and operation as it pertains to LC, instrumental set-up and configuration, the use of LC/MS and LC/MS/MS in forensic toxicology, and qualitative and quantitative analyses. In addition, method development, validation, and proficiency testing will be discussed. Specific applications topics include analysis of common drugs of abuse, general unknown screens and specialized analyte screens (e.g., benzodiazepines, thermally labile drugs, quaternary ammonium compounds, HGH, insulin) and quantitations. Trace evidence analysts may be interested in general LC/MS/MS principles and selected discussions about applications of LC/MS/MS to explosives residue analysis.
Instructor: 
Jarrad R. Wagner, Ph.D. and others.
Preparation: 
Successful completion of Forensic Toxicology-Basic Concepts (T101) or equivalent.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies.

Course Contact:

Forensic Toxicology Instrumentation - GC and GCMS

Class Code: 
T102a

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This one-week (38-hour) course will presents a comprehensive overview of the theory and practical application of gas chromatograph (GC) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometer (GC/MS) instrumentation in forensic toxicology. Topics to be presented include capillary chromatography theory and operation, basic mass spectrometer theory and operation, instrumental set-up and configuration, use of GC and GC/MS in forensic toxicology, as well as qualitative and quantitative analyses. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding by successfully completing a number of laboratory exercises and by achieving passing scores on daily quizzes. Priority admission to this course will be afforded to California public crime laboratory personnel. It is directed towards those who are currently assigned responsibility for forensic toxicological analyses. Each class is limited to 12 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Instructor: 
Various
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, audiovisual presentations, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises.
Prerequisites: 
Successful completion of Forensic Toxicology - Basic Concepts (T101) or consent of the course coordinator.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading material may be provided.
Materials Fee: 
$50.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of the class. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $600.00 tuition fee will be required of members of qualifying professional organizations. A $600.00 tuition fee is required for all other public agencies, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

Course Contact:

Introduction to Forensic Toxicology

Class Code: 
T101

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento or Los Angeles
Class Description: 
This one-week (36-hour) course will present a systematic approach to processing biological samples for the presence of drugs and poisons, and an introduction to fundamental theoretical principles applied to toxicology and drug analytes. Course topics include postmortem, antemortem toxicology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, sample preparation and extraction techniques, instrumentation (GCMS, LCMS, immunoassay), and basic classes of drug analytes (alcohol, CNS depressants, stimulants, etc.). Priority admission to this course will be afforded to California public crime laboratory personnel. It is directed towards those who are currently, or are soon to be, assigned responsibility for forensic toxicological analyses.
Instructor: 
Various
Teaching Methods: 
Participatory lectures and demonstrations.
Objectives: 
(1) To understand analytical processes used in forensic toxicological laboratories. (2) To learn fundamental theoretical principles applied to forensic toxicological samples. (3) To understand general concepts and properties of various classes of drug analytes.
Prerequisites: 
Familiarity with fundamentals of college level chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and/or clinical sciences is highly encouraged.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading material may be provided.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $600.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

Course Contact:

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