A unique book on recognition and investigation of criminal poisoning for investigators of all backgrounds and stages of their careers. Poisons: An Introduction for Forensic Investigators is a concise yet comprehensive overview of toxicants and unanticipated circumstances in which poisoning occurs. This book expands awareness of poisoning possibilities, heightens recognition of the toxic potential of many substances, and provides information to aid in focusing investigations. Poisons discusses life-threatening toxic substances and agents that modify behavior to achieve criminal goals. These include drugs that facilitate sexual assaults and robberies, and those found in medical child abuse and drug-product tampering. More than 230 case studies illustrate both unintentional and intentional poisoning and highlight situations where poisoning may not immediately be apparent. Information is included in pertinent criminal poisoning cases to illustrate the temperament of poisoners, their relationship to victims, their basis for poison selection, and their method of administration.
Since Poisons is written by a single author, the discussions, format, educational level, and terminology remain consistent to aid crime scene investigators, homicide detectives, forensic scientists, death investigators, toxicologists, medical examiners, attorneys, and students. The book's more than 650 references are an asset to frame knowledge as well as a resource to return to again and again.
Part I. Poison 1. Poison and Poisoning 2. Poison Exposure 3. Poison Absorption 4. Poison Biodisposition 5. Poison Detection 6. Poisoning Treatment Part II. Potential Poisons 7. Arsenic 8. Carbon Monoxide 9. Cyanide 10. Ethylene Glycol 11. Nicotine 12. Strychnine 13. Thallium 14. Aspirin 15. Acetaminophen 16. Alcohol 17. Opioids 18. Antidepressants 19. Benzodiazepines 20. Stimulants 21. Emerging Recreational Psychotropics 22. Food Poisoning 23. Plants and Mushrooms 24. Pesticides Part III. Poisoning 25. Accidental Poisoning 26. Suicidal Poisoning 27. Homicidal Poisoning 28. Poisonous Women 29. Healthcare Serial Poisoners 30. Hospitalized Patients Poisoned by Visitors 31. Medical Child Abuse and Homicide 32. Drug Abuse Fatalities 33. Celebrity Drug Deaths 34. Drug-Facilitated Crimes 35. Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault 36. Drug Product Tampering 37. Assassination 38. Multiple Victim Poisonings Appendices