Module I

This event originally occurred on March 16th and 17th, 2022 from 12pm  – 4pm (EST) each day. All presentations and material have been archived for you to access as On-Demand content.

This is an introductory module concerning the investigation of death scenes with a focus on drug overdose and drug related deaths. Its primary purpose is to introduce new death investigators, coroners, and law enforcement personnel to best practices of drug death scene investigation and documentation. It will introduce major drug categories encountered in drug deaths, and their effects, personal protection from potential drug exposure at scenes, medication/prescription records review, an overview of laboratory practices that assists in evaluation of drug involvement causing death and working with toxicologists to order appropriate testing and result interpretation.
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About the Series

Investigation and Certification of Drug Toxicity Deaths in Today’s Complex Drug Environment

Accurate determination of death is a critical public health function, and in the midst of our polydrug opioid crisis, scene investigation, body examination and autopsy, and toxicology are increasingly challenging to our investigators, law enforcement, forensic pathologists and toxicologists.

The CFSRE is pleased to offer this extensive three-module series on Investigation and certification of drug related deaths. The series is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI). Registration is FREE to qualified registrants, and places are limited.

This series of learning modules has been designed to complement existing resources for drug related death investigation, toxicological interpretation, and death certificate completion, as well as an overview of how medical examiner and coroner data is used for public health surveillance purposes.

There are three total modules structured as outlined below. Each module will include a summary/application section covering background and introduction, key concepts, and practical lessons-learned including casework experience examples.

The content will be provided by an outstanding roster of experts in death scene investigation, forensic pathology, and forensic toxicology, drawn from leading coroner and medical examiner offices and forensic laboratories across the United States.

Registrants can register for all or selected modules based on their experience and professional development needs.

* Medical and professional continuing education credits and approvals (up to 32 hours) have been applied for.

Organizing Committee:
  • Barry Logan PhD, F-ABFT, Forensic Toxicologist (Chair, CFSRE, PA),
  • Laura Labay PhD, F-ABFT, D-ABCC-TC, Forensic Toxicologist (Co-Chair, CFSRE PA)
  • MJ Menendez JD, Chair, NAME Workforce Development Committee (NMS Labs)
  • Brandi McCleskey MD, Forensic Pathologist, (Jefferson Co/UAB, AL)
  • Stephanie Powers MD, Forensic Pathologist, (Cook County OME, IL)
  • Erin Worrell, D-ABMDI (Denver County, CO)

Funding for this training was made possible by a cooperative agreement between the National Network of Public Health Institutes and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [6 NU38OT000303-03-02]. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.