Forensic Science

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Review Questions

1. What are club drugs? What are some of the factors that support the use of club drugs?

2. What are screening tests? Why are they used?

3. What are color tests? Why are these tests used?

4. What are microcrystalline tests? What information do they provide?

5. What is spectrophotometry? How can this be useful in identifying drugs?

Critical Thinking Questions

1. Why are forensic scientists an important part of drug cases?

2. If you were a forensic scientist and you were called to a crime scene to see if drugs were present, what would you do to determine this?

3. Why is it important for forensic scientists to have as much information as possible about the place where a possible drug substance was found?

4. What
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LSD is sometimes mixed with another hallucinogen, phencyclidine, or PCP. As it can be produced with a fairly simple process, PCP labs have sprung up in many areas and can be hard to detect.
• Another category of drugs that forensic scientists have to test for and identify is club drugs. Club drugs are synthetic drugs that are typically used in bars, nightclubs, raves, and other gatherings. Some of these drugs have become popular in these settings because they are thought to enhance or improve the experience, although they also have side effects and dangers. Many of these drugs are used primarily by teens and young adults.
• The settings of raves and nightclubs also support the use of these drugs. Their small, often tablet form make the drugs easy to conceal, and with so many people dancing and moving, individuals who take the drugs are often not as noticeable as they might be in another setting even when experiencing the effects of the drug.
• Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), or Ecstasy, as it is more commonly known, is one of the most popular club drugs. Originally patented as an appetite suppressant, this synthetic drug produces feelings of happiness as well as hallucinations. Chronic use of the drug has serious effects on the body, including kidney failure, stroke, and seizures.
• Another drug found in the club scene that produces feelings of happiness and hallucinations is ketamine (also known as Vitamin K or Special K), which is also used as an

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