Hallucinogens: A Forensic Drug Handbook (Forensic Drug Handbook Series)

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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.

* Brings together comprehensive information on hallucinogenic drugs in one convenient source
* Covers everything from abuse of these drugs to pharmacology, effects, forms, manufacturing methods, distribution, and forensic analysis
* Contains numerous illustrations, chemical structures, and analytic spectra for each drug
* Includes contributions from many of the world's leading investigators and analysts

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Hallucinogenic drugs have been used by many cultures and subcultures over the centuries―from ancient religious ceremonies to the enlightenment movement in the 1960s to today's all-night "Rave" parties. They continue to be a major concern for law enforcement and social policy makers. Hallucinogens is designed to be a cross-disciplinary source of information and help. The text reviews the history of these drugs and their abuse, and then takes an in-depth look at the various hallucinogens including their chemical make-up, how they affect users, how they are manufactured and distributed, and how they can be detected and analyzed.

Hallucinogens: A Forensic Drug Handbook is a comprehensive reference for everyone involved in the identification, investigation, and forensic analysis of hallucinogenic drugs. It covers the most commonly abused drugs such as LSD, MDMA ("Ecstasy"), and PCP ("Angel Dust"), as well as many lesser-known chemical substances that can be used to achieve similar effects.

KEY FEATURES:
· Brings together comprehensive information on hallucinogenic drugs in one convenient source
· Covers everything from abuse of these drugs to pharmacology, effects, forms, manufacturing methods, distribution, and forensic analysis
· Contains numerous illustrations, chemical structures, and analytical spectra for many of the hallucinogenic compounds discussed
· Includes contributions from many of the world's leading investigators and analysts
· Written for a wide audience including forensic toxicologists, investigators, lawyers, drug rehabilitation specialists, and more

Richard Laing, MSc is an Analytical Specialist with Health Canada's Drug Analysis Service Laboratory in Burnaby, British Columbia. He has spent the last twelve years working in clandestine laboratory investigations and is recognized as a leading expert in this field. Mr. Laing is a member of the international standard setting committee, SWGDrug, and a faculty member at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Forensic Science.

Jay A. Siegel, PhD currently coordinates and teaches in the Forensic Science Masters program at Michigan State University in East Lansing. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences, and is a member of the Forensic Science Society in the U.K.

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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, PhD is retired Director of the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. He was Director of the Forensic Science Program at Michigan State University for 25 years from 1980-2004 until his retirement as Professor Emeritus. Dr. Siegel is a Distinguished Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and was named as Distinguished Alumni Scholar by his alma mater, George Washington University in 2011. He is co-editor of Forensic Science Policy and Management: An International Journal. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Forensic Science Committee from 2006-09.

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