The Drug Expert

The Drug Expert

A Practical Guide to the Impact of Drug Use in Legal Proceedings

1st Edition - January 8, 2020

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  • Author: Craig Stevens
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128000489
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128005828

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The Drug Expert: A Practical Guide to the Impact of Drug Use in Legal Proceedings targets academic and industry pharmacologists, pharmacology graduate students, and professionals and students of affiliated disciplines, such as pharmacy and toxicology. Users will find it to be an invaluable reference for those involved in the field. In addition, pharmacists and others who increasingly serve as expert witnesses and toxicologists will find an array of very useful information.

Key Features

  • Focuses on important topics for the consulting pharmacologist, including prescription, over-the-counter and illegal drugs and their effects on criminal and civil proceedings
  • Details the “how-to” aspects of being an expert witness in pharmacology by presenting real-life cases and effective tips and experiences
  • Includes several appendices, such as a sample letter of engagement and fee schedule, a litigation report, a consulting invoice and valuable resources


Industry, academic and government pharmacologists, pharmacology post-doc students, pharmacists and toxicologists. A secondary audience includes those in the legal profession (lawyers, district attorneys, judges and law students) who may consult a pharmacologist

Table of Contents

  • 1. What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been: Our Drugged Society
    2. A Parent’s Worst Nightmare: Drug-Induced Psychosis and Deadly Police Response
    3. Show Me the Money: Epilepsy Drugs and the Four Million Dollar Embezzlement
    4. The Power of the Poppy: Opioid Overdose and the Treatment of Pain
    5. Wrong Place at the Wrong Time: Making Meth and Urine Drug Tests
    6. Hairs of the Innocent: The Detection of Marijuana in a Child Custody Case
    7. Firewater: Alcohol Abuse and Tribal Homicide
    8. Death at the Crossing: Trace Cocaine and the Denial of Benefits
    9. Big Little Secrets: Prescription Errors, Generic Drugs, and Drugs Affecting Blood Alcohol
    10. Through the Looking-Glass: A Bank-Robbery Witness and Alleged Victim on Drugs
    11. I Want a New Drug: Fake Marijuana, Designer Stimulants and Hallucinogens
    12. Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way: Cancer Chemotherapy and Probate
    13. Speed Kills: Two Cases of Methamphetamine Abuse and Homicide
    14. The Truth Shall Not Set You Free: A Drug-Induced Confession
    15. Snake Eyes: Gambling with the Adverse Effects of Ambien®
    16. Reefer Madness: Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana
    17. A Visit to the Dram Shop: Tequila Shots and a Traffic Fatality
    18. The Devil Made Me Do It: Rape after Prison Release of an Untreated Schizophrenic
    19. Dead Men Tell No Tales: Drugs in a Drowned, a Decayed, and a Dumpster Corpse
    20. Death Be Not Proud: The Pharmacology of Lethal Drug Executions

    A. Listing of U.S. Medical Schools and Contact Information
    B. Sample Drug Expert Letter of Engagement
    C. Sample Drug Expert Invoice
    D. Excerpt of a Drug Expert Litigation Report
    E. Excerpt of a Drug Expert Deposition
    F. Excerpt of a Court Transcript Cross-Examination
    G. Sample of a Drug Toxicology Report
    H. Sample of Medical Records used by a Drug Expert
    I. Sample of Pharmacy Records used by a Drug Expert
    J. Alcohol Charts for Males and Females
    K. Excerpt of a Daubert Motion
    L. Sample Listing of Drug Tests Available at a Commercial Lab
    M. Sample Retrograde Calculation of BAC

Product details

  • No. of pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: January 8, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128000489
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128005828

About the Author

Craig Stevens

Craig W. Stevens, Ph.D. is a professor of Pharmacology at Oklahoma State University and is co-author of Brenner and Stevens’ Pharmacology, a popular pharmacology textbook now in its 5th Edition. He also wrote and edited two books on G-protein coupled receptors entitled Methods for the Discovery and Characterization of G Protein-Coupled Receptors (Springer Protocols, 2011) and G Protein-Coupled Receptor Genetics: Research and Methods in the Post-Genomic Era (Springer Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology, 2014). He has just finished working on a new book for the Science and Technology Pharmacology list called The Drug Expert: A Practical Guide to the Impact of Drug Use in Legal Proceedings which is a guide for pharmacologists aiming to be successful as drug litigation consultants and a helpful book for the lawyers that hire them. Dr. Stevens maintains a second career as an expert witness in Pharmacology (Drug Expert) and has consulted for lawyers on over 80 cases in both criminal and civil proceedings.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Pharmacology, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, Oklahoma State University-Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, OK, USA

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