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FSP 402: Forensic Drugs Analysis

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February Batch 2024

Last Date to Register : 25th February 2024

The Forensic Drugs Analysis Online Course by SIFS India is meticulously designed to equip you with skills to solve drug-related crimes, understand substance abuse, and become a forensic drug analyst.

You will learn how to identify and analyze different types of drugs and their impact on individuals and society.

All the pre-recorded sessions are delivered by seasoned experts with a focus on forensic chemistry, toxicology, and pharmacology.

This course comprises three levels: Level 1 (certificate), Level 2 (diploma), and Level 3 (Post Graduate Diploma), and the entire curriculum is divided among these levels.

A few of the topics you will learn about are: causes of drug addiction, types of drug-related crimes, classification of drugs, introduction to narcotics, study of stimulants like cocaine and benzedrine, history and origin of hallucinogens, classification of steroids, types of liquor, liquor identification, report admissibility, narcotics drug and psychotropic substances act 1985, drug abuse controlling strategies, offences and penalties, and result of holding acquired property for illicit trafficking.

So enroll now to start your journey of becoming a forensic drug detective, contributing significantly to criminal investigations, legal proceedings, and the fight against substance abuse.

Course Benefits

Enrolling in this course will equip you with specialized skills to identify and analyze a wide range of drugs, understand their effects on the human body, and provide expert testimony. After this course, you can work with law enforcement agencies and rehabilitation centers, assist in the forensic drug analysis process, and address various drug-related issues.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, you will gain expertise to implement forensic drug analysis techniques to identify and examine various drugs and their effects on individuals. You will be well-versed in the legal and ethical aspects of drug-related cases and provide meaningful assistance during criminal investigations, legal proceedings, and collaborative efforts to combat drug abuse.

Course Highlights

- Pre-recorded sessions with a focus on drug analysis equipment and forensic tools

- Expert faculty with extensive backgrounds in forensic chemistry and toxicology

- Industry-specific and comprehensive study material and reference books

- Community of forensic drug analysts and experts

- Career enhancement opportunities through networking

  • Level I : Forensic Drugs Analysis

    MODULE 1 – DRUG ADDICTION

    The module starts with a comprehensive exploration of drug addiction, its historical context, and its legal definition. It then proceeds to highlight the causes of drug addiction, the concept of a drug addict, and outlines methods for identification, including both the signs and symptoms of addiction and the challenging withdrawal symptoms. You will also learn about drug peddlers, the external factors contributing to drug-related issues, and the forensic aspects of drug addiction, emphasizing its relevance in legal and investigative contexts.

    MODULE 2 – DRUGS AND CRIMES

    In this module, you will learn about the historical aspects of drug-induced crime and the relationship between drug use and criminal activities, categorizing them into non-violent and violent crimes. The module further sheds light on the specific problems associated with certain drugs, highlighting the issues linked to cannabis, poppy, and cocaine. This module will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the historical, criminological, and societal dimensions of drug-related crimes and the challenges posed by various substances.

    MODULE 3 – CLASSIFICATION OF DRUGS

    This module introduces you to the forensic aspects of drug-related issues, including identification, analysis, and the legal implications associated with each drug. It begins with drug classification, including narcotics, depressants (further categorized into sedatives and hypnotics), stimulants, hallucinogens, designer drugs, date rape drugs, and other miscellaneous drugs. Each category represents a different class of psychoactive substances and helps you understand the diverse pharmacological effects these drugs can have on individuals.

    MODULE 4 – STEROIDS

    This module focuses on the historical overview of steroids and the classification of steroids, focusing on their anabolic (synthetic or man-made steroids similar to male sex hormone testosterone and help in quick recovery from stress or fatigue due to exercise) and catabolic (type of drug to break down muscle mass and treat autoimmune diseases) distinctions.

    MODULE 5 – THE NARCOTIC DRUGS AND PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES ACT, 1985 (NDPS ACT)

    This module focuses on the legal framework and authority structure related to narcotics and covers the power of officers, emphasizing delegation and the authority of the Narcotic Commissioner and their subordinates. The difference between officers of the state government and those of the central government is discussed, which provides clarity about the responsibilities assigned to various officers within the narcotics legal framework.

  • Level II : Forensic Drugs Analysis

    MODULE 1 – DRUG ADDICTION

    The module starts with a comprehensive exploration of drug addiction, its historical context, and its legal definition. It then proceeds to highlight the causes of drug addiction, the concept of a drug addict, and outlines methods for identification, including both the signs and symptoms of addiction and the challenging withdrawal symptoms. You will also learn about drug peddlers, the external factors contributing to drug-related issues, and the forensic aspects of drug addiction, emphasizing its relevance in legal and investigative contexts.

    MODULE 2 – DRUGS AND CRIMES

    In this module, you will learn about the historical aspects of drug-induced crime and the relationship between drug use and criminal activities, categorizing them into non-violent and violent crimes. The module further sheds light on the specific problems associated with certain drugs, highlighting the issues linked to cannabis, poppy, and cocaine. This module will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the historical, criminological, and societal dimensions of drug-related crimes and the challenges posed by various substances.

    MODULE 3 – CLASSIFICATION OF DRUGS

    This module introduces you to the forensic aspects of drug-related issues, including identification, analysis, and the legal implications associated with each drug. It begins with drug classification, including narcotics, depressants (further categorized into sedatives and hypnotics), stimulants, hallucinogens, designer drugs, date rape drugs, and other miscellaneous drugs. Each category represents a different class of psychoactive substances and helps you understand the diverse pharmacological effects these drugs can have on individuals.

    MODULE 4 – NARCOTICS

    This module covers an in-depth study of narcotics, starting with opium and its derivatives, including morphine, heroin, codeine, and thebaine. Each substance is thoroughly examined, covering aspects such as origin, mode of administration, fatal dose and period, metabolism, physiological and psychological effects, addiction and withdrawal symptoms, as well as methods for collection, preservation, examination, and antidotes. This module will help you gain knowledge about the forensic intricacies of these narcotics, including their characteristics and effects.

    MODULE 5 – DEPRESSANTS

    In this module, you will learn about sedatives, specifically focusing on barbiturates and benzodiazepines, as well as hypnotics like phenothiazines. For each category, the content dives into essential aspects such as origin, mode of administration, fatal dose and period, metabolism, physiological and psychological effects, addiction and withdrawal symptoms, as well as methods for collection, preservation, examination, and available antidotes. The historical context is also discussed to help you gain a deep understanding of the development, classification, and forensic implications of these substances.

    MODULE 6 – STIMULANTS

    This module covers a comprehensive examination of various substances, starting with an introduction and historical context, followed by detailed insights into specific drugs. Various stimulants like cocaine, benzedrine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, and nicotine are explored, including their abuse as narcotics, mode of administration, fatal dose and period, metabolism, physiological and psychological effects, addiction and withdrawal symptoms, as well as methods for collection, preservation, examination, and available antidotes.

    MODULE 7 – HALLUCINOGENS

    This module explores an in-depth exploration of various hallucinogens and their historical overview. The focus will be on Cannabis, Lysergic Acid Diethyl Amide (LSD), Mescaline, Phencyclidine (PCP), and Peyote, including their origin, mode of administration, fatal dose and period, metabolism, physiological and psychological effects, addiction and withdrawal symptoms, as well as methods for collection, preservation, examination, and available antidotes.

    MODULE 8 – STEROIDS

    This module focuses on the historical overview of steroids and the classification of steroids, focusing on their anabolic (synthetic or man-made steroids similar to male sex hormone testosterone and help in quick recovery from stress or fatigue due to exercise) and catabolic (type of drug to break down muscle mass and treat autoimmune diseases) distinctions.

    MODULE 9 – THE NARCOTIC DRUGS AND PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES ACT, 1985 (NDPS ACT)

    This module focuses on the legal framework and authority structure related to narcotics and covers the power of officers, emphasizing delegation and the authority of the Narcotic Commissioner and their subordinates. The difference between officers of the state government and those of the central government is discussed, which provides clarity about the responsibilities assigned to various officers within the narcotics legal framework.

  • Level III : Forensic Drugs Analysis

    MODULE 1 - DRUG ADDICTION

    The module starts with a comprehensive exploration of drug addiction, its historical context, and its legal definition. It then proceeds to highlight the causes of drug addiction, the concept of a drug addict, and outlines methods for identification, including both the signs and symptoms of addiction and the challenging withdrawal symptoms. You will also learn about drug peddlers, the external factors contributing to drug-related issues, and the forensic aspects of drug addiction, emphasizing its relevance in legal and investigative contexts.

    MODULE 2 - DRUGS AND CRIMES

    In this module, you will learn about the historical aspects of drug-induced crime and the relationship between drug use and criminal activities, categorizing them into non-violent and violent crimes. The module further sheds light on the specific problems associated with certain drugs, highlighting the issues linked to cannabis, poppy, and cocaine. This module will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the historical, criminological, and societal dimensions of drug-related crimes and the challenges posed by various substances.

    MODULE 3 - CLASSIFICATION OF DRUGS

    This module introduces you to the forensic aspects of drug-related issues, including identification, analysis, and the legal implications associated with each drug. It begins with drug classification, including narcotics, depressants (further categorized into sedatives and hypnotics), stimulants, hallucinogens, designer drugs, date rape drugs, and other miscellaneous drugs. Each category represents a different class of psychoactive substances and helps you understand the diverse pharmacological effects these drugs can have on individuals.

    MODULE 4 - NARCOTICS

    This module covers an in-depth study of narcotics, starting with opium and its derivatives, including morphine, heroin, codeine, and thebaine. Each substance is thoroughly examined, covering aspects such as origin, mode of administration, fatal dose and period, metabolism, physiological and psychological effects, addiction and withdrawal symptoms, as well as methods for collection, preservation, examination, and antidotes. This module will help you gain knowledge about the forensic intricacies of these narcotics, including their characteristics and effects.

    MODULE 5 - DEPRESSANTS

    In this module, you will learn about sedatives, specifically focusing on barbiturates and benzodiazepines, as well as hypnotics like phenothiazines. For each category, the content dives into essential aspects such as origin, mode of administration, fatal dose and period, metabolism, physiological and psychological effects, addiction and withdrawal symptoms, as well as methods for collection, preservation, examination, and available antidotes. The historical context is also discussed to help you gain a deep understanding of the development, classification, and forensic implications of these substances.

    MODULE 6 - STIMULANTS

    This module covers a comprehensive examination of various substances, starting with an introduction and historical context, followed by detailed insights into specific drugs. Various stimulants like cocaine, benzedrine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, and nicotine are explored, including their abuse as narcotics, mode of administration, fatal dose and period, metabolism, physiological and psychological effects, addiction and withdrawal symptoms, as well as methods for collection, preservation, examination, and available antidotes.

    MODULE 7 - HALLUCINOGENS

    This module explores an in-depth exploration of various hallucinogens and their historical overview. The focus will be on Cannabis, Lysergic Acid Diethyl Amide (LSD), Mescaline, Phencyclidine (PCP), and Peyote, including their origin, mode of administration, fatal dose and period, metabolism, physiological and psychological effects, addiction and withdrawal symptoms, as well as methods for collection, preservation, examination, and available antidotes.

    MODULE 8 - DESIGNER DRUGS AND DATE RAPE DRUGS

    In this module, you will learn about various aspects and a historical overview of designer and date rape drugs. The module covers drugs like Ketamine, 3, 4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), 3, 4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), Gamma-hydroxybutyric Acid, and Rohypnol, including details about their origin, mode of administration, fatal dose and period, metabolism, physiological and psychological effects, addiction and withdrawal symptoms, as well as procedures for collection, preservation, examination, and available antidotes. Along with these, a basic understanding of various designer drugs, including fentanyl, etorphine, buprenorphine, and mandrax, is also covered.

    MODULE 9 - STEROIDS

    This module focuses on the historical overview of steroids and the classification of steroids, focusing on their anabolic (synthetic or man-made steroids similar to male sex hormone testosterone and help in quick recovery from stress or fatigue due to exercise) and catabolic (type of drug to break down muscle mass and treat autoimmune diseases) distinctions.

    MODULE 10 - ALCOHOL ILLICIT LIQUOR ABUSE

    This module begins with an introduction and historical overview of alcohol and its various types, like country-made liquor, Indian-made foreign liquor, and foreign liquor. The manufacturing process, including fermentation and distillation, is discussed, along with topics like proof spirit, classification based on alcoholic content percentage, and the properties of liquor.

    You will also learn about the pharmacological action of liquor on the body, covering absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination. The module also addresses signs and symptoms of alcohol consumption, including euphoria, muscular incoordination, and respiratory paralysis. Furthermore, you will gain insights about the critical aspects of fatal dose, fatal period, and the legal aspects related to alcohol.

    MODULE 11 - REPORTS ADMISSIBILITY

    This module introduces you to the concept of a bona fide expert and explores liquor identification methods, the challenges posed by prohibited liquor, and the significance of proper collection procedures. You will also learn about the admissibility of reports in legal proceedings and the concept of intoxication, both as a forensic consideration and a potential defence strategy. The module concludes with the importance of random and correct sampling techniques in forensic investigations, along with an overview of several key elements in the forensic analysis of liquor-related cases.

    MODULE 12 - THE NARCOTICS DRUGS AND PSYCHOTRPOIC SUBSTANCES ACT, 1985 (NDPS ACT)

    This module focuses on the legal framework and authority structure related to narcotics and covers the power of officers, emphasizing delegation and the authority of the Narcotic Commissioner and their subordinates. The difference between officers of the state government and those of the central government is discussed, which provides clarity about the responsibilities assigned to various officers within the narcotics legal framework.

    MODULE 13 - NATIONAL FUND FOR CONTROL OF DRUG ABUSE

    In this module, you will be introduced to the role of national funding in controlling drug abuse, an examination of the annual report of activities financed under the fund, the powers of the Central Government, highlighting its authority to prohibit, control, and regulate controlled substances, and the restrictive measures over external dealings involving narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

    MODULE 14 - OFFENCES AND PENALTIES

    This module outlines the legal consequences for contraventions related to poppy straw, coca plants, coca leaves, prepared opium, opium poppy, opium, manufactured drugs, cannabis, and psychotropic substances. You will also learn about the penalties for illegal import into India, export from India, and transshipment of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances externally.

    MODULE 15 - FORFEITURE OF PROPERTY DERIVED FROM, OR USED IN ILLICIT TRAFFIC

    This module covers the legal provisions related to the use of illegally acquired property, its prohibition, and the procedural aspects concerning certain trust properties. You will also learn about the property release process for specific cases and the application procedures.

  • What steps should I follow to enroll in this online course?

    To enroll, click on the “Register for Course” option available on the right side of the screen, followed by the provided instructions and payment procedure.

  • Can I pay directly to the bank account of SIFS India?

    Yes, you have the option to make a direct payment to the bank account of SIFS India;, all you have to do is write an email at education@sifs.in requesting the bank details. 

  • Which documents I have to upload at the time of enrollment?

    Academic Qualification Documents, Professional Qualification Certificates, and National ID Proof or Passport Copy are required at the time of enrollment. 

  • What if I am unable to upload my documents?

    Kindly send your necessary documents with proof of payment to admission@sifs.in.

  • How will I receive confirmation once I have completed the payment procedure?

    An Admission Confirmation email will be sent with your portal credentials once the proof of payment and application form with all the necessary documents are received at admission@sifs.in.

  • How do I login to the portal for my online course?

    To login, visit the portal at the given link: https://www.sifs.in/student and enter your login credentials, i.e., your username and password shared via email. 

  • What study material access will I have after logging into the portal?

    After logging into the portal, you will have access to reading material, reference eBooks, and e-research papers.

  • Will I receive any assignments during my course duration?

    Yes, all your assignments, projects, case studies and practice tests will be assigned to you through your portal as per the level you will be enrolled in.

  • What technical prerequisites are necessary for an online course?

    You can easily access our online course on mobile / tablet devices. We highly recommend that you use your desktop or laptop and a reliable internet connection for a better view.

  • Will there be any exams after completing the course?

    Yes, there will be an online exam after completing the course.

  • Will I receive any certificates after completing the online course?

    Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate and marksheet, which can be a valuable addition to your resume and may enhance your career prospects in the field.

  • Where to contact in case of any queries or technical support?

    Write to us at admission@sifs.in, call: +91-1147074263, or WhatsApp: +91-7303913002.

Michael Jackson Death Case Study

It was suspected that an overdose of a drug called propofol was responsible for the demise of famous pop star Michael Jackson.

This drug was prescribed to him by his personal physician to help him get sound sleep as he suffered from severe insomnia.

When his reports were examined, a few of the reports indicated the presence of drugs like lorazepam (Ativan), diazepam (Valium), and midazolam injected intravenously by his doctor.

When, despite all efforts, he was not able to sleep, the doctor injected propofol, which supposedly caused Michael Jackson’s death.

Propofol is used to sedate patients. The higher the dose, the greater the chances of the person stopping breathing, as it has the properties to make the patient’s brain forget to breathe.


Marilyn Monroe Death Case Study

Marilyn Monroe was a famous Hollywood actress who had a short and passionate career.

At the end of her career, she became severely addicted to alcohol and barbiturates.

In 1962, the 36-year-old actress was found dead at her home due to a barbiturates overdose.

Toxicological analysis was performed, according to which acute barbiturate poisoning resulted in her death.

Chloral hydrate and pentobarbital were found in her blood, as well as pentobarbital in her liver.

The police found empty containers with these medicines lying next to her bed. However, the drug dosages found in her body were far greater than the prescribed limit.

This ruled out the possibility of her accidental death.

It was also confirmed by her doctors and psychiatrists that she suffered from severe fears and depression attacks with abrupt mood swings and had overdosed herself in the past, which might have been intentional.

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Firstly i was worried about how can i invest my time in learning something good without having helpful resources and just mobile, then i get to know about "S.I.F.S” through one of my connection and i started attending online courses. I am really interested in learning more about drug analysis as currently i am doing M.Sc. forensic science. Then this course was suggested to me. I will really recommend this to my other friends and college colleagues. I am really thankful to S.I.F.S. and Dr. Ranjeet sir. I will be looking for more opportunities like this.

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During this course, I totally understand what is examination and how that done in forensic lab, also I learn some tool which are helpful in the examination.
I am happy about that I was learn something by the help from talented staff at SIFS. 

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This was the best utilization of my time as I gained a detail knowledge about drug analysis. All thanks to SIFS for providing such informative courses.

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This course contains everything one could hope for. What I like about SIFS is the timely response for every queries.

 

Instructors

Akshita Verma

Akshita Verma

Forensic Science Lecturer
Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Managing Director
Ranjana Vaishnav

Ranjana Vaishnav

Teaching Faculty (CHB, Mumbai University)

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