The Robert F. Borkenstein Course On The Effects Of Drugs On Human Performance And Behavior

The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education will host the 2015 Robert F. Borkenstein Course on the Effects of Drugs on Human Performance at the Mission Palms Hotel & Conference Center in Tempe, AZ.

When: September 14 – 18, 2015

Tuition: $1,500.00
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The Borkenstein Drug Course covers topics related to the pharmacology of drugs and their effects on psychomotor performance and driving. This program has been growing in popularity since it was started in 2002, and has drawn attendees from more than forty states. We have responded to student feedback on the course content and have added lectures on “Bath Salts” and synthetic cannabinoids on driving performance and field sobriety tests.   The 2015 course will also include an overview of psychometric tests of human factors and abilities that make up the five “domains” of cognitive and psychomotor skills needed for safe driving   In addition the course now features  expanded time for discussion of best practices for analytical laboratories, accreditation and scope of testing.  The class will feature the latest information on practices for scope and sensitivity of testing in DUID cases, surveyed by the National Safety Council.  This course was originally established to provide professional development training for toxicologists and has been grown to recognize and reflect the relationship between the DRE program and the laboratories that support them.  It has also been attended by DRE officers and other highway safety professionals.

Drug impaired driving is now being recognized as a major public safety issue worldwide. Drug use among fatally injured drivers in the US is estimated to be around 40-50%, and combined drug and alcohol use is the often overlooked part of the iceberg, as alcohol positive cases are infrequently assessed for drug use.  There are major developments taking place around the world to document and combat drug impaired driving.

This September, the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education presents its symposium on the effects of drugs on human performance and behavior, a program of the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation. The program is designed to supplement the training offered by other groups such as SOFT and AAFS, with ideas and strategies for enforcement, and for documenting and trying drug impaired driving cases. The Course is structured to meet the needs of:

  • Analytical toxicologists performing testing for DUID investigations.
  • Toxicologists testifying in court on drug and alcohol impaired driving.
  • Public safety specialists involved in developing policies and statutes to respond to drug impaired driving.

The course is taught using the successful Borkenstein Alcohol Course classroom format that provides excellent opportunities for networking, student/student and student/faculty interaction during the breaks and after-hour’s social functions, and more individual attention to student questions.

COURSE TOPICS (in order of presentation)

DUID and Overview of Approaches to Drug Impaired Driving Casework, Barry K Logan, PhD, DABFT

Epidemiological Studies of Alcohol and Drug Driving Prevalence and Crash Risk, John Lacey, PIRE

The Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program, Joe Turner

Principles of Pharmacology and Drug Effects – Stimulants and Hallucinogens, Lionel Raymon, PhD, NOVA

Cocaine and Methamphetamine: Effects on Human Performance and Behavior, Daniel Isenschmid

Hallucinogens and “Bath Salts”: Effects on Human Performance and Behavior, Amy Miles

Principles of Pharmacology and Drug Effects – Opiates, Lionel Raymon

Opiates:  Effects on Human Performance and Behavior, Karen Scott, PhD

Principles of Pharmacology and Drug Effects – Benzodiazepines and CNS Depressants, Lionel Raymon

Carisoprodol, Butalbital and Topiramate:  Effects on Human Performance and Behavior, Barry K Logan

CNS Depressants:  Antidepressants and Anxiolytics – On-Road Driving Studies, Jan Ramaekers, PhD

Benzodiazepines, Zolpidem and other Imidazopyridines and Driving Impairment, Jayne Thatcher, PhD

Data and Information Resources:  Literature searching for drug impaired driving, Jeff Teitelbaum, MSLIS

Oral Fluid Drug Testing:  Opportunities and Challenges, Barry K. Logan

Forensically Defensible Drug and Alcohol Testing in DUID – Laboratory Aspects, Bruce Goldberger PhD, DABFT

National Safety Council Recomendations for Drug Testing in DUID Investigations, Barry K. Logan

Principles of Pharmacology and Drug Effects – Cannabinoids, Lionel Raymon

Cannabis: Effects on Human Performance and Behavior, Marilyn Huestis, PhD, NIDA

On Road Driving Studies: Cannabis, Jan Ramaekers

Synthetic Cannabinoids – Effects on Behavior and Performance, Barry K Logan

Presenting Drug Impairment Evidence in Court – Prosecution Perspective, TBD

Presenting Drug Impairment Evidence in Court – Defense Perspective, Justin McShane Esq.

Faculty Panel Discussion on Testimony Issues in DUID