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Forensic toxicology

Our laboratory provides analysis, detection, identification, measurement and interpretation of drug, alcohol, poisons and other substances in human samples for a number of clients throughout Queensland including the Coroners Court of Queensland and the Queensland Police Service (QPS).

The laboratory analyses blood, urine and other biological specimens to confirm or eliminate the possibility that these substances may have contributed to an accident or death, impairment of behaviour or a criminal offence.

See below for examples of the publications by staff within the forensic toxicology team.

Blakey K, Thompson A, Matheson A, Griffiths A, (2021). What's in fake 'Xanax'?: A dosage survey of designer benzodiazepines in counterfeit pharmaceutical tablets? Drug Testing and Analysis. DOI: 10.1002/dta.3119 

Griffiths A, Milne N, Ong BB, Watkins T (2021) 2,4-Dinitrophenol overdose - everything old is new again. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine. 79: 102148. DOI: 10.1016/j.jflm.2021.102148

Griffiths A, Milne N, Ong BB, Raviraj A, Watkins T (2019) 2,4-Dinitrophenol overdose - everything old is new again. In: FACTA 2019, 16-19 June 2019, Adelaide, South Australia. (Submitted)

Thompson A, Morey S, Griffiths A (2019) Pregabalin and its involvement in coronial cases. Journal of Analytical Toxicology [May 2019]. DOI: 10.1093/jat/bkz041

Griffiths A, Hadley LM (2019) The prevalence of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) in motor vehicle drivers and its co-administration with amphetamine type substances (ATS) in Queensland, Australia (2011–2018). Forensic Science International, 303. DOI: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2019.109958

Griffiths A, Leonars R, Hadley LM, Stephenson M, Teale R (2017) Smoke on the water − oral fluid analysis at sea. Forensic Science International, 278. pp. 361-366. DOI: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2017.07.028

Griffiths A, Johnston M, Hadley LM (2015) MDPV in Queensland drivers. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 48 (2). pp. 222-229. DOI: 10.1080/00450618.2015.1034778

Forensic pathology

Below are some examples of publications by staff within Forensic pathology at Forensic and Scientific Services.

Gounden S, Tin K, Lam AK, Olumbe AK. (2020) Rare occurrence of cerebral metastases in a young female with adrenocortical carcinoma: forensic presentation. Pathology. 52 (s.1): S103. DOI: 10.1016/j.pathol.2020.01.352

Earley A, Watkins T, Forde N (2019) Massive subcutaneous emphysema mimicking anaphylaxis - pathological and radiological correlations. Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology. pp. 1-4. DOI: 10.1007/s12024-019-00139-w 

Griffiths A, Milne N, Ong BB, Raviraj A, Watkins T (2019) 2,4-Dinitrophenol overdose - everything old is new again. In: FACTA 2019, 16-19 June 2019, Adelaide, South Australia. (Submitted)

Phillips B, Ong BB (2018) 'Was the infant born alive?' A review of postmortem techniques used to determine live birth in cases of suspected neonaticide. Academic forensic pathology, 8 (4). pp. 874-893. DOI: 10.1177/1925362118821476

Ong BB, Milne N (2017) Vertebral artery trauma. In: Essentials of autopsy practice : reviews, updates and advances. Springer International Publishing, pp. 23-41. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46997-3

Forrest A, Milne N, Soon AS (2016) Hereditary angioedema: death after a dental extraction. Australian Dental Journal. 62 (1). p. 107-110. DOI: doi.org/10.1111/adj.12447