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Description - Hallucinogens by Richard Laing

Hallucinogens: A Forensic Drug Handbook is a comprehensive reference for everyone involved in the identification, investigation, and forensic analysis of hallucinogenic drugs. The text begins with a review of the history of these drugs and their abuse, and then takes an in-depth look at the many different types of hallucinogens, their chemical make-up, how they affect users, how they are manufactured and distributed, and how they can be detected and analyzed. Hallucinogens covers the most commonly abused drugs such as LSD, MDMA (Ecstasy), and PCP (Angel Dust), as well as many lesser-known chemical substances that cause similar effects. Chapters have been contributed by leading analysts and investigators around the world, and are highlighted with numerous illustrations. This unique handbook will serve is a cross-disciplinary source of information for forensic toxicologists, law enforcement officers, and others involved in the fight against drugs.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780124339514
ISBN-10: 0124339514
Format: Hardback
(248mm x 191mm x mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Academic Press Inc
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Richard Laing

Richard Laing is an Analytical Specialist with Health Canada's Drug Analysis Service Laboratory in Burnaby, BC and has an MSc specializing in the Mass Spectrometry and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy of natural products. He has spent the last twelve years working in clandestine laboratory investigations and is recognized as a leading Canadian expert in this field. His experience and seizure of clandestine laboratories transcends many drug types including Methamphetamine, Ecstasy, LSD, and Psilocybin production. Richard is a member on the International forensic drug standard setting committee SWGDrug. Richard also is a faculty member at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in the Faculty of Forensic Science. Jay Siegel is Director of the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from George Washington University. He worked for 3 years at the Virginia Bureau of Forensic Sciences, analyzing drugs, fire residues and trace evidence. From 1980 to 2004 he was professor of forensic chemistry and Director of the forensic science program at Michigan State University in the School of Criminal Justice. Dr. Siegel has testified over 200 times as an expert witness in 12 states, Federal Court and Military Court. He is Editor in Chief of the Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences, author of Forensic Science: A Beginner's Guide and Fundamentals of Forensic Science and has over 30 publications in forensic science journals. Dr. Siegel was awarded the 2005 Paul Kirk Award for lifetime achievement in forensic science. In February 2009, he was named Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. In April 2009 he was named the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award by his alma mater, George Washington University.