Recommendations for Toxicological Investigation of Drug-Impaired Driving and Motor Vehicle Fatalities

Barry K. Logan1,2, Kayla J. Lowrie1, Jennifer L. Turri1, Jillian K. Yeakel1, Jennifer F. Limoges3, Amy K. Miles4, Colleen E. Scarneo5, Sarah Kerrigan6 and Laurel J. Farrell7

1Center for Forensic Science Research and Education, Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation, Willow Grove, PA, USA, 2NMS Labs, Willow Grove, PA, USA, 3New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center, Albany, NY, USA, 4Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, Madison, WI, USA, 5New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of State Police Forensic Laboratory, Concord, NH, USA, 6Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, USA, and 7Toxicologist/Consultant, Longmont, CO, USA

The article Recommendations for Toxicological Investigation of Drug-Impaired Driving and Motor Vehicle Fatalities appears in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology 2013;37:552–558 doi:10.1093/jat/bkt059. Abstract is included below.

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ABSTRACT: This report describes the review and update of a set of minimum recommendations for the toxicological investigation of suspected alcohol and drug-impaired driving cases and motor vehicle fatalities involving drugs or alcohol. The recommendations have the goal of ensuring that a consistent set of data regarding the most frequently encountered drugs linked to driving impairment is collected for practical application in the investigation of these cases and to allow epidemiological monitoring and the development of evidence-based public policy on this important public safety issue. The recommendations are based on a survey of practices in US laboratories performing this kind of analysis, consideration of existing epidemiological crash and arrest data and practical considerations of widely available technology platforms in laboratories performing this work. The final recommendations were derived from a consensus meeting of experts recruited from survey respondents and the membership of the National Safety Council’s Alcohol, Drug and Impairment Division (formerly known as the Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs, CAOD).

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