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Forensic Chemistry of Substance Misuse

A Guide to Drug Control

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Apr 2009
Dimensions: w 156mm h 234mm d 17mm
Weight: 568g
ISBN-10: 0854041788
ISBN-13: 9780854041787
Barcode No: 9780854041787
This book builds on an earlier publication by the same author: The Misuse of Drugs Act: A Guide for Forensic Scientists. It provides a chemical background to the domestic and international legal controls on drugs of abuse and related substances and includes coverage of 'designer drugs' and generic/analogue controls from the UK, US and New Zealand perspectives. The content of the book has been fully updated and rearranged and the scope has been considerably expanded. More general chapters cover the recent history of the drug classification debate and a proposal for consolidating a wide range of legal controls on chemical substances. An account is provided of the Early Warning System on 'New Psychoactive Substances' in operation in the European Union. Technical and subsidiary material is placed in 20 Appendices, which list controlled substances and cover topics such as: precursor chemicals, related legislation, sentencing guidelines and detailed chemical/pharmacological profiles of the most commonly-abused drugs. There is a glossary and a bibliography, while extensive footnotes support the text and provide references to selected publications and Internet sources. The book contains a number of unique features, not found in any other single publication: * For the forensic scientist, the book contains a complete list of all drug substances controlled by UK and International law. It explains the chemical-structural definitions and the significance to the legislation of terms such as salt, base, stereoisomer, ester, ether, derivative, homologue and isotope * For the more general reader, there is an account of the history of domestic, European and International drugs control, the long debate about drug classification, the role of risk assessment and how the legal control of a wide range of harmful chemical substances might be consolidated * For the criminal lawyer, the book provides a useful adjunct to standard works on case and statute law This unique book has general appeal to anybody needing information on drugs of abuse including forensic scientists, researchers, teachers, criminal lawyers, customs officers, postgraduate and graduate students. It is of particular interest to those studying forensic science.

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"Leslie King is widely regarded as an authority on the chemistry and legalisation of drugs and their precursors providing advice on this subject to both the UK Government and international agencies."

"This book provides the professional and academic community with an indispensable guide to the drug control legislation in the UK."

"This book is a must-have reference guide for professionals involved in drug enforcement and will be a valuable teaching aid in undergraduate chemistry and forensic science programmes." * Physical Science Centre reviews, Number 19, Volume 10, Issue 2 * "Given the high political profile of drug use and the technical complexity of drug legislation, it follows that all participants in the legal process should be somewhat familiar with the underlying chemical principles of the many drugs on the market today"

"The book is designed to appeal, not only to forensic scientists, but also to the police, custom officials, lawyers and all those with an interest in drug legislation." * Drugnet *