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On the Spot at TIAFT2022

At the TIAFT2022 conference in Versailles, Peter caught up with a few fellow toxicologists:
Michael Scholz (Switzerland), Brigitte Desharnais (Canada), Svante Vikingsson (USA), and Jean-Claude Alvarez (France).

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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2022-09-27
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A Royal Meeting (Live at TIAFT2022)

TIAFT meetings are back! Peter is joined on stage in Versailles by Sarah Wille (Belgium), Rebecca Hartman (USA) and Jennifer Schumann (Australia) to discuss what's hot and what's not in the field of toxicology.


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2022-09-19
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5 in 30 (Semi-liquid membranes, Kamini balls and mythical creatures)

We look at 5 recent publications in the field of toxicology.

Huen-Yin Tang M, et al.  Ropinirole metabolite mimics a new psychoactive substance (4-HO-MET) in LC-MS/MS. (2022) Forensic Science International, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2021.111151.Shang, Q. et al.  Multi-extraction system with identical supported semi-liquid membrane: Enhanced stability for coextraction of acidic and basic drugs. (2022) Talanta,  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.talanta.2022.123485.Khan, T.  Kamini, a little recognised source of illicit opioid: A case series of 12 patients. (2022) Drug and Alcohol Review,  DOI: 10.1111/dar.13475. Trigg, S.  The alprazolam analogue 4?-chloro deschloroalprazolam identified in seized capsules. (2022) Drug Testing and Analysis, DOI: 10.1002/dta.3325. Brooks-Lim, E.  Fatal ingestion of Taxus baccata: English yew. (2022) Journal of Forensic Sciences,  DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.14941.

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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2022-08-28
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TIAFT Bulletin preview - Issue 52(2)

We'll be previewing issues of the TIAFT Bulletin as they are released each quarter.

Special thanks to Jennifer Schumann and Sarah Wille, editors of the TIAFT Bulletin. For more information on the Bulletin, including how to submit content, click here.

Contact us at [email protected]

Find out more about TIAFT at www.tiaft.org

The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2022-06-29
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Green Analytical Toxicology with Jose Luiz da Costa

Tim chats with Jose Luiz da Costa, Professor of Toxicology at the University of Campinas in Brazil, about his work with NPS and advancements in 'Green Analytical Toxicology'.

Here's a link to his paper on Green Analytical Toxicology

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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2022-05-03
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Hydroxymoron & Herbal toxicity - On the Spot at FACTA2022

At the FACTA2022 conference, Peter caught up with a few fellow toxicologists:
Dimitri Gerostamoulos, Naren Gunja, and Susan Britza.

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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2022-04-27
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Medicinal Cannabis (live at FACTA2022)

We continue with another episode recorded live at FACTA2022 in Brisbane, Australia.

It's a panel discussion on medicinal cannabis featuring Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos, Professor Olaf Drummer, Professor Thomas Kraemer, and Dr Samuel Banister.

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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2022-04-20
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Old Approaches to Fresh Problems (live at FACTA2022)

We finally attend a real life conference again, and turn the conference theme, "Fresh approaches to old problems" , on its head! Recorded live at FACTA2022 in Brisbane, Australia.

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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2022-04-13
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NPS Update - April 2022

Keeping up to date with New Psychoactive Substances is hard! We've assembled a crack team of experts to help us do just that:

Michael Evans-Brown, EMCDDAConor Crean, UNODCAlex Krotulski, CFSRE

These updates will be a regular part of our podcast schedule, letting you know about recent developments in NPS markets, detection and harms. In this episode we discuss cathinones, the recent contamination of synthetic cannabinoids with brodifacoum, and the future of psychedelics.

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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2022-04-06
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TIAFT Bulletin preview - Issue 52(1)

We'll be previewing issues of the TIAFT Bulletin as they are released each quarter.

Special thanks to Jennifer Schumann and Sarah Wille, editors of the TIAFT Bulletin. For more information on the Bulletin, including how to submit content, click here.

Contact us at [email protected]

Find out more about TIAFT at www.tiaft.org

The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2022-04-02
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Mythbusting at TIAFT Virtual 2022

We were at the TIAFT Virtual Conference in February! This episode is audio from a couple of sessions we did there - busting some more myths in forensic toxicology.

Plus we had our first ever competition! Stay tuned til the end to find out who won the prestigious Toxpod mug...

A couple of examples of recommendations for first responders who may encounter opioids from the USA and the UK.

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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2022-02-18
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TIAFT Bulletin preview - Issue 51(4)

We'll be previewing issues of the TIAFT Bulletin as they are released each quarter.

Special thanks to Jennifer Schumann and Sarah Wille, editors of the TIAFT Bulletin. For more information on the Bulletin, including how to submit content, click here.

Contact us at [email protected]

Find out more about TIAFT at www.tiaft.org

The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2021-12-15
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Coming to Africa

We tell the story of the TIAFT2020 conference in Capetown, South Africa - a conference that never actually happened.

Thanks to Alicia Evans, Bronwen Davies, Lorna Martin, Marc LeBeau, Simon Elliott, Dimitri Gerostamoulos and Michaela Kenneally for taking part in this episode.

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Find out more about TIAFT at www.tiaft.org

The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2021-10-20
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TIAFT Bulletin preview - Issue 51(3)

We'll be previewing issues of the TIAFT Bulletin as they are released each quarter.

Special thanks to Jennifer Schumann and Sarah Wille, editors of the TIAFT Bulletin. For more information on the Bulletin, including how to submit content, click here.

Contact us at [email protected]

Find out more about TIAFT at www.tiaft.org

The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2021-10-01
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NPS Update - September 2021

Keeping up to date with New Psychoactive Substances is hard! We've assembled a crack team of experts to help us do just that:

Michael Evans-Brown, EMCDDAConor Crean, UNODCAlex Krotulski, CFSRE

These updates will be a regular part of our podcast schedule, letting you know about recent developments in NPS markets, detection and harms. In this episode we discuss Early Warning Systems and potential changes in the synthetic cannabinoid market.

Some info on the new class of OXIZID SCRAs

The UNODC Tox-Portal - get involved!


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2021-09-26
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TIAFT Bulletin preview - Issue 51(2)

We'll be previewing issues of the TIAFT Bulletin as they are released each quarter. 

Special thanks to Jennifer Schumann and Sarah Wille, editors of the TIAFT Bulletin. For more information on the Bulletin, including how to submit content, click here.

Contact us at [email protected]

Find out more about TIAFT at www.tiaft.org

The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2021-06-25
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5 in 30 (Chemometrics, single hair analysis and GC-VUV)

We look at 5 recent publications in the field of toxicology.

Polettini A, et al. LC?QTOF-MS Presumptive Identification of Synthetic Cannabinoids without Reference Chromatographic Retention/Mass Spectral Information. II. Evaluation of a Computational Approach for Predicting and Identifying Unknown High-Resolution Product Ion Mass Spectra. (2021) Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 45(5):440-61.Kuwayama, K. et al. Development of the ?selective concentration? analytical method for drug-containing hair regions based on micro-segmental analysis to identify a trace amount of drug in hair: hair analysis following single-dose ingestion of midazolam. (2021) Forensic Toxicology, 39(1):156-66.Robin, T. First-Line Toxicological Screening with Fully Automated Extraction. (2021) Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 45(3):252-68.Kranenburg, R. Spotting isomer mixtures in forensic illicit drug casework with GC?VUV using automated coelution detection and spectral deconvolution. (2021) Journal of Chromatography B, 1173:122675.Elmsjo?, A. Post-Mortem Metabolomics: A Novel Approach in Clinical Biomarker Discovery and a Potential Tool in Death Investigations. (2021) Chemical Research in Toxicology, 34(6):1496-1502.

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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2021-06-22
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New Psychoactive Substances with Alex Krotulski

We chat with Alex Krotulski about his work with CFSRE and NPS Discovery. You can find out more about these initiatives, and access the many resources they produce, at https://www.npsdiscovery.org/

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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2021-06-15
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Are toxicologists too sensitive?

Modern forensic toxicologists are able to detect tiny amounts of drugs in a sample.  Is it possible we are now too sensitive?

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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2021-06-08
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Reference Standards with Jenny Button

We chat with Jenny Button, Deputy Director of Chiron, about the use of reference standards in forensic toxicology.

Jenny's written a book chapter about all this - it's really good! Here's a link.

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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2021-06-01
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Activity Based Assays with Marthe Vandeputte

Tim chats with Marthe Vandeputte about the current and potential uses of activity based assays in forensic toxicology. Links to a couple of Marthe's papers on the topic are below:

Validation of activity-based screening for synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists in a large set of serum samples

In vitro functional characterization of a panel of non-fentanyl opioid new psychoactive substances

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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2021-05-25
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5 in 30 (Impairment apps, zebrafish and Scottish prisons)

We look at 5 recent publications in the field of toxicology.

Karoly, H. et al. Effects of high-potency cannabis on psychomotor performance in frequent cannabis users. (2020) Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, X:X, 1-9Prado, E. et al. Metabolism of synthetic cathinones through the zebrafish water tank model: a promising tool for forensic toxicology laboratories. (2021) Forensic Toxicology, 39: 73-88Chu, M. et al. Time-dependent changes in THC concentrations in deceased persons. (2021) Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 45:1-7Van Schalkwyk, F. et al. Fatal pyrrolizidine alkaloid poisoning of infants caused by adulterated Senecio coronatus. (2021) Forensic Science International, 320:110680Norman, C. et al. Large-scale evaluation of ion mobility spectrometry for the
rapid detection of synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists in
infused papers in prisons. (2021) Drug Testing and Analysis, 13:644?663

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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2021-05-18
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Cognitive Bias with Hilary Hamnett

We chat with Hilary Hamnett about the complex issue of cognitive bias in forensic toxicology.

If you'd like to hear more from Hilary about cognitive bias, you can contact her at [email protected]


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2021-05-11
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Positively negative

How confident are you that your analytical methods won't miss a target analyte? In the first episode of season 4, we discuss the potential for false negative results in forensic toxicology. 

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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2021-05-04
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5 in 30 (Fingerprints, SWATH and retrospective screening)

We look at 5 recent publications in the field of toxicology.

Costa, C. et al. Distinguishing between contact and administration of heroin from a single fingerprint using high resolution mass spectrometry. (2020) Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 44: 218-225Kaufmann, A. et al. Partially overlapping sequential window acquisition of all theoretical mass spectra: A methodology to improve the spectra quality of veterinary drugs present at low concentrations in highly complex biological matrices. (2020) Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. 34: e8638Kraemer, M. et al. Detectability of various cannabinoids in plasma samples of cannabis users: Indicators of recent cannabis use? (2019) Drug Testing and Analysis. 11:1498-1506Margalho, C. et al. Determination of new psychoactive substances in whole blood using microwave fast derivatization and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. (2020) Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 44:92-102Gundersen, P. et al. Retrospective screening of synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic opioids and designer benzodiazepines in data files from forensic post mortem samples analysed by UHPLC-QTOF-MS from 2014 to 2018. (2020) Forensic Science International. 311: 1-11


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2020-06-16
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Workplace testing with Alberto Salomone

Tim chats with Alberto Salomone about workplace testing, hair analysis, and new psychoactive substances.


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2020-06-09
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Drugs in wastewater with Richard Bade

Peter chats with Richard Bade about the advantages and challenges of wastewater analysis.


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2020-06-02
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Vaping with Michelle Peace

Tim chats with Michelle Peace about her current research on vaping, and her experiences in the field of forensic toxicology.


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2020-05-26
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Drafting an analytical method

We channel our sports withdrawal into a toxicology related draft.

Thanks to Michaela Kenneally and Stephen Trobbiani for participating in this episode.


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2020-05-19
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CAT conference 2020

The California Association of Toxicologists Spring meeting has been postponed due to COVID restrictions, but that won't stop us from chatting with some of the planned speakers!

Thanks to Luke Rodda, Jarrad Wagner, Juliet Kinyua and Alan Wu for participating in this episode.


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2020-05-12
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Synthetic Cannabinoids with Samuel Banister

We talk about synthetic cannabinoids (or is that SCRAs?) with medicinal chemist Samuel Banister.


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2020-05-05
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5 in 30 (Isotonitazene, wastewater and MS interferences)

We look at 5 recent publications in the field of toxicology.

Blanckaert, P. et al. Report on a novel emerging class of highly potent benzimidazole NPS opioids: Chemical and in vitro functional characterization of isotonitazene. (2020) Drug Testing and Analysis. 12: 422-430Reinstadler, V. et al. A validated workflow for drug detection in oral fluid by non-targeted liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. (2019) Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. 411:867-876Benaglia, L. et al. Testing wastewater from a music festival in Switzerland to assess illicit drug use. (2020) Forensic Science International. 309:1-8Munoz-Munoz, A. et al. Characterization of an Amphetamine Interference from Gabapentin in an LC?HRMS Method. (2020) Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 44:36-40Darke, S. et al. Characteristics and circumstances of death related to gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB). (2020) Clinical Toxicology. Published online 18 Feb 2020. 


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2020-04-28
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Season 3 preview

Season 3 drops on April 29. 

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2020-04-21
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5 in 30 (Ayahuasca, metabolomics and bone marrow)

In our last episode of the season, we look at 5 recent publications in the field of toxicology.

Steuer, A. et al. Identification of new urinary gamma-hydroxybutyric acid markers applying untargeted metabolomics analysis following placebo-controlled administration to humans. (2019) Drug Testing and Analysis. 11 (6):813-823Souza, R. et al. Validation of an analytical method for the determination of the main ayahuasca active compounds and application to real ayahuasca samples from Brazil. (2019) Journal of Chromatography B. 1124: 197-203 Snamina, M. et al. Postmortem analysis of human bone marrow aspirate - Quantitative determination of SSRI and SNRI drugs. (2019) Talanta. 204:607-612Fabresse, N. et al. Development of a sensitive untargeted liquid chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry screening devoted to hair analysis through a shared MS2 spectra database: A step toward early detection of new psychoactive substances. (2019) Drug Testing and Analysis. 11 (5):697-708Sitasuwan, P. et al. Comparison of purified beta-glucuronidases in patient urine samples indicates a lack of correlation between enzyme activity and drugs of abuse metabolite hydrolysis efficiencies leading to potential false negatives.(2019) Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 43 (3):221-227


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2019-10-08
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When is a Drug Not a Drug?

In this episode, we dive into the techniques, practices, and guidelines used in forensic toxicology for drug identification. Do we have the balance right?

Some of the available identification guidelines:
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
European Workplace Drug Testing Society (EWDTS)
Organisation of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC)
Gesellschaft für Toxikologische und Forensische Chemie (GTFCh)

That article Pete mentioned on amphetamine isomers:
Brown, D. H., et al. (2016). "Beta-methylphenylethylamines: common fragmentation pathways with amphetamines in electrospray ionization collision-induced dissociation." Drug Test Anal 8(3-4): 344-350.

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2019-10-01
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On the Spot at TIAFT2019

During his recent trip to the TIAFT2019 conference in Birmingham, England, Peter caught up with a few toxicologists to discuss some of their recent work.

Barry Logan's group has published their findings on kratom

Join the HighResNPS community

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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2019-09-24
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Toxicology in the 21st Century (live at TIAFT2019)

Peter is joined by toxicologists Sarah Wille (Belgium) and Luke Rodda (USA) to discuss how the field of toxicology is changing and where it will lead us. Recorded live at TIAFT2019 in Birmingham, England.

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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2019-09-17
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Publish or Perish (or both!)

The world of scientific publishing is a mysterious place - even to many who publish regularly! How does reviewing work? What are predatory journals? Why should scientists write?

We are joined by Professor Roger Byard (forensic pathologist, prolific writer, and editor-in-chief of Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology) as we peek behind the curtain of the publishing world.


Roger's editorial - The forensic implications of predatory publishing

ABC Radio podcast on predatory publishing


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2019-09-10
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Dimitri Gerostamoulos

We are joined by Dimitri Gerostamoulos, Head of Forensic Science and Chief Toxicologist at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2019-09-03
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On the Spot at FACTA2019

Peter gets up close and personal with some delegates at the FACTA conference in Adelaide.

Find out more about FACTA at www.facta.org.au


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2019-08-27
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Emerging Risks in Toxicology (live at FACTA2019)

TIAFT President Marc LeBeau joins The Toxpod for a special episode recorded live at the FACTA conference in Adelaide. We discuss some of the emerging risks in the field of toxicology.

Find out more about FACTA at www.facta.org.au

You can read the available OSAC toxicology guidelines here


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2019-08-20
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5 in 30 (oral fluid, 2D LC, and automated calibration)

In this episode, we look at 5 recent publications in the field of toxicology.

Oiestad, E. et al. Interpreting oral fluid drug results in prisoners: monitoring current drug intake and detection times for drugs self-administered prior to detention. (2019) Forensic Toxicology. 37 (1):59-74Erne, R. et al. Hair Analysis: Contamination versus incorporation from the circulatory system - Investigations on single hair samples using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry. (2019) Analytical Chemistry. 91 (6): 4132-4139Eckberg, M et al. Separation and identification of isomeric and structurally related synthetic cannabinoids using 2D liquid chromatography and high resolution mass spectrometry. (2019) Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 43 (3): 170-178Ivanov, I.D. et al. A case of 5F-ADB/FUB-AMB abuse: drug-induced or drug-related death? (2019) Forensic Science International. 297: 372-377Caspar A.T. et al. Blood plasma level determination using an automated LC-MSn screening system and electronically stored calibrations exemplified for 22 drugs and two active metabolites often requested in emergency toxicology.(2019) Drug Testing and Analysis. 11 (1): 102-111


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2019-08-13
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Myths in Forensic Toxicology

We're back and we're looking to bust some myths in forensic toxicology. No conventional idea is safe!


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2019-08-06
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Season 2 drops on August 7. 

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2019-07-30
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5 in 30 (Blood spots, pesticides, and post-mortem redistribution)

In the final episode of season 1, we look at five recent publications in the field of toxicology.

Voelker, SE, et al. Semi-quantitative determination of designer steroids by high performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet detection in the absence of reference material. (2018) Drug Test. Anal. 1-7Moretti, M. A liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for the determination of cocaine and metabolites in blood and in dried blood spots collected from postmortem samples and evaluation of the stability over a 3-month period. (2018) Drug Test. Anal. 10: 1430-1437Oenning, AL. et al. An effective and high-throughput analytical methodology for pesticide screening in human urine by disposable pipette extraction and gas chromatography - mass spectrometry. (2018) J Chrom B. 1092:459-465Bertol, E. et al. Proactive drugs in DFSA cases: Toxicological findings in an eight-years study. (2018) For. Sci. Int. 291: 207-215Brockbals, L. et al. Time-dependent postmortem redistribution of opioids in blood and alternative matrices. (2018) J. Anal. Toxicol. 42: 365-374


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2019-01-08
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The TOXINvestigator

What is the place of investigative work in forensic toxicology? Should the forensic toxicologist take the same approach in every case? Or should they use their judgement to decide on the best approach for each unique case? Either way, there are a lot of complex issues that arise. Luckily, Tim has all the answers! (or at least some of the questions...)


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2019-01-01
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One Method to Rule Them All

We discuss the advantages and the limitations of comprehensive drug detection methods, and the quest for a truly universal method.


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2018-12-25
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David McCutcheon

In this episode, Peter chats with Dr David McCutcheon of Royal Perth Hospital about the Western Australian Illicit Substance Evaluation (WISE) project.


McCutcheon, D. et al. An early warning system for emerging drugs of concern in the emergency department: Protocol for the Western Australian Illicit Substance Evaluation (WISE) study. Emergency Medicine Australasia (2018) https://doi.org/10.1111/1742-6723.13185


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2018-12-18
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Heesun Chung

In this episode, Tim sits down for a chat with renowned toxicologist Professor Heesun Chung CBE.


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The Toxpod is a production of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The opinions expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of TIAFT.

2018-12-11
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5 in 30 (Syncanns, STA, and opioid deaths)

In this episode, we look at 5 recent publications in the field of toxicology.

Mogler, L. et al. Phase I metabolism of the recently emerged synthetic cannabinoid CUMYL-PEGACLONE and detection in human urine samples. (2018) Drug Test Anal. 10 (5):886-891Grapp, M. et al. Systematic forensic toxicological analysis by liquid-chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometry in serum and comparison to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. (2018) For Sci Int. 287:63-73Roxburgh, A. et al. Accurate Identification of opioid overdose deaths using coronial data. (2018) For Sci Int. 287:40-46Elliott, S. Hernandez-Lopez, E. A series of deaths involving carfentanil in the UK and associated post-mortem blood concentrations. (2018) J Anal Toxicol. 42(4):e41-e45Gundersen, P., et al. Quantification of 21 antihypertensive drugs in serum using UHPLC-MS/MS. (2018) J Chromatogr B. 1089: 84-93


EMCDDA: demystifying the chemistry of synthetic cannabinoids

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2018-12-04
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