Toxicology

Hair drug testing – Hair drug analysis to identify cases of drug facilitated sexual assault

The project was a prospective cohort study comparing hair drug analysis with blood/urine drug analysis in people who allege sexual assault where there is a belief that drug facilitation of that assault may be present.

The impact of drugs on road crashes, assaults and other trauma - a prospective trauma toxicology study

Plain English summary and implications for police prepared by Roger Nicholas.

The impact of drugs on road crashes, assaults and other trauma - a prospective trauma toxicology study

The primary objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and patterns of use of specific recreational drugs in all patients with injuries requiring assessment by a trauma team at the Royal Adelaide Hospital over a one-year period. The other specific objectives included determining an estimate of the prevalence and patterns of drug use, and severity of injury, in patients presenting to the Emergency Department of the Royal Adelaide Hospital (patients of lesser severity of injury not requiring trauma service management) following a motor vehicle accident and other trauma. It also aimed to examine the correlation between drug use and mechanism, pattern, and severity of injury in patients presenting to the Royal Adelaide Hospital following a motor vehicle accident, and the epidemiological and demographic patterns associated with drug use and trauma.