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Peer Reviewed Journal
Journal of Forensic Toxicology and Pharmacology is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal and aims to publish the most complete and reliable source of information on the discoveries and current developments in the mode of original articles, review articles, case reports, short communications, etc. in all areas of forensic toxicology and pharmacology and making them available online freely without any restrictions or any other subscriptions to researchers worldwide.
Journal of Forensic Toxicology and Pharmacology focuses mainly on topics that include:
Forensic Death Investigation
The journal uses Editorial Manager System for quality in review process. Editorial Manager is a mode of online manuscript submission, review and tracking system. Review processing is performed by the editorial board members of Journal of Forensic Toxicology and Pharmacology or outside experts; at least two independent reviewer’s approval followed by editor approval is required for acceptance of any citable manuscript. Authors may submit manuscripts and track their progress through the system. Reviewers can download manuscripts and submit their opinions to the editor. Editors can manage the whole submission/review/revise/publish process.
A Guide for the Interpretation of Postmortem Methamphetamine Findings: A Series of Case Reports
Incidents involving illicit methamphetamine have demonstrated a dramatic increase in recent years. This prevalence has been attributed to its low cost, availability and extended duration of action. Furthermore, the ease of production from inexpensive, readily available materials has contributed to its increased production and distribution. When used moderately, effects include euphoria, increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, reduced appetite and loss of inhibition. Excessive or chronic use may lead to manic and violent behavior, dizziness, confusion, hyperthermia, seizure, cardiorespiratory depression and death.
Emergency Issues of Clandestine Production of Drugs: The Case of “Sisa”- The Homemade Crystal Meth in Greece
Socioeconomic situation in a country can also affect the trends in drug use. Homemade methamphetamine appeared recently in Greece under the street name “sisa” and became very popular among drug addicts due to its low cost. It is manufactured mainly in small clandestine laboratories from inexpensive and easily available ingredients. The risk of an explosion in these laboratories is high due to the use of flammable solvents and it can frequently occur. A case of a man injured after an explosion in a clandestine laboratory and its toxicological investigation are described. During the investigation of such cases, toxicological analysis for determination of common or designer drugs of abuse, precursors and volatiles used in clandestine laboratories should be performed in biological fluids obtained from the injured people.
Hazards of Free Radicals in Various Aspects of Health – A Review
The recent growth in the knowledge of free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) in biology is producing a medical revolution that promises a new age of health and disease management. Free radicals are intimately involved in the cellular damage - the common pathway for cancer, aging, and a variety of diseases. Formation of free radicals has been implicated as playing a role in the etiology of cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease Parkinson’s disease, and many more. The scientific community has begun to unveil some of the mysteries surrounding this topic, and the media has begun whetting our thirst for knowledge. So that it is a basic need to know about toxic effects of free radicals affecting general health of human body.
Standardized Field Sobriety Test: False Positive Test Rate among Sober Subjects
The Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) is a series of exercises that a law enforcement officer gives to a driver suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. The original research that demonstrated a high correlation between failure of the SFST and a high blood alcohol concentration did not utilize a standard control group to validate that the failure of the SFST was not a characteristic of the population at large. This study examined a series of drug naive subjects to determine the rate of failure of the SFST to accurately distinguish a suspect with high blood alcohol content from the general public. Of the 185 subjects tested, 26% of the drug naïve subjects failed the SFST.
Abrus precatorius poisoning leading to hemorrhagic gastroduodenitis– a rare experience
Abrus precatorius, popularly known as ‘kuch’ or ‘rati’, is used in weighing gold, making jewelry and children’s play. One to two crushed seeds can be fatal and very often used as cattle poison which mimics viper bite. Human poisoning with ‘kuch’ seeds is rarely reported in literature and almost always lifethreatening without prompt identification and aggressive supportive therapy. The authors here present a case of acute hemorrhagic gastroduodenitis following accidental ingestion of some beans with bright red and black color which was found to be Abrus precatorius. Patient himself identified those seeds as well as corroborated by forensic medicine and toxicology department. Moreover with vigilant monitoring the patient survived without any residual illness.