Introduction to Forensic Drug Chemistry-Online

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This online course serves as an introduction and basic overview of forensic drug chemistry. It covers a wide variety of topics associated with controlled substances, including the history of drug control and individual drugs, the structure of current drug laws in the United States, and specific analytical approaches for specific sample types.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
•Describe types of evidence submitted for drug analysis to the crime laboratory
•Discuss history of controlled substances and corresponding laws
•List drug classifications and schedules
•Define marijuana, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, dissociatives, and steroids
•Describe the difficulties associated with clandestine lab cases
Course Structure and Schedule
This is a non-credit course offering 6.12 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 32 hours. The course cost is $199.00 per registration. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.
Table of Contents:
Unit 1: Drug Chemistry: Overview
Unit 2: History of Controlled Substance Legislation in the US
Unit 3: Drug Classifications
Unit 4: Structure of Current Drug Laws
Unit 5: Structural Activity Relationships
Unit 6: Marijuana
Unit 7: Marijuana Analysis
Unit 8: Other Controlled Substance Analysis
Unit 9: Stimulants: Cocaine
Unit 10: Stimulants: Amphetamines
Unit 11: Other Stimulants
Unit 12: Depressants, Heroin and Other Opiates
Unit 13: Other Depressants
Unit 14: Hallucinogens: LSD
Unit 15: Hallucinogens: Psilocybe Mushrooms
Unit 16: Hallucinogens: MDMA
Unit 17: Additional Hallucinogens
Unit 18: Dissociatives
Unit 19: Anabolic Steroids
Unit 20: Clandestine Laboratories
Unit 21: Miscellaneous Topics
Unit 22:  Designer Drugs - Synthetic Cannabinoids
Unit 23:  Designer Drugs - Substituted Cathinones

Frequently Asked Questions
• Do I need to work in a forensic laboratory to take this course? Answer: No. However, you do need to work in the forensic science field to take the course. It is not opened for the general public.

Computer Requirements
•Mozilla Firefox (recommended) or Internet Explorer
•Adobe Acrobat Reader
•Macromedia Flash Player
(Free software plug-ins are available in the Getting Started area of the course.)
Basic computer skills required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed.
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Class Details

43 Sessions
Online 24/7

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Kelly Ayers 



Please read:  UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.



Registration Closes On
Friday, July 7, 2017 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
7/3/2017 - 8/14/2017 Online 24/7 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM TBD Kelly Ayers