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loss of respiratory drive, loss of muscle reflexes (tongue) allowing suffocation, aspiration of gastric contents into airways
Specific Bodily Functions
cellular hypoxia, seizures from muscle hyperactivity, hyperexia, kidney failure, liver failure, etc.
Lethal Dose 50
refers to the dose of a substance that kills half of the test population usually within 4 hours
Type S Poisoner
specific victim targeted, slow poisoning with specific poison Type S/S, quick decision, opportune poison Type S/Q
Type R Poisoner
random victim targeted, slow poisoning with specific poison Type R/S, quick decision, opportune poison Type R/Q
a natural or synthetic substance designed to affect the subject psychologically or physiologically
Controlled Substances Act
enacted in 1970 lists illegal drugs, their category and their penalty for possession, sale or use.
Marquis Color Test
turns purple in the presence of most opium derivatives and orange-brown with amphetamines
Relative Retention Time
the ratio of the retention time of the substance to the retention time of a standard that is placed into the sample
an instrument used to measure and record the absorption spectrum of a chemical substance.
Preliminary Field Test for Alcohol
used to determine the degree of suspect's physical impairment and whether or not another test is justified.
first American executed for treason, for attempting to poison George Washington in 1776
is a practicing boarded toxicologist who has consulted on many criminal poisoning cases
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