Antidepressants and Antihistamines: Core Concepts

Course Description:
This course is part of our Core Concepts Series, which reviews potentially impairing drug classes from three scientific perspectives: Pharmacology, Forensic Toxicology, and Clinical Toxicology. A future supplemental series will add law enforcement and DRE perspectives for each drug class as well.

Despite their high prevalence in the driving population, antidepressants and antihistamines receive relatively little attention in the context of potential driving impairment. Knowledge of the different subclassifications of these drugs, their pharmacology, their role in drug-drug interactions, and the type of toxic effects and impairment possible are crucial to understanding how these drugs may, or may not, be relevant in forensic cases.

This course will explore all of these topics, and more, providing learners with the foundations necessary to understand how antidepressants and antihistamines may be relevant in their respective casework.

Recommended Learners:
LEO
DRE
Toxicologist
Attorney
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Dr. Sabra Jones

Dr. Sabra Jones

Sabra Jones is a board-certified Forensic Toxicologist with a focus on transportation safety. Sabra is the Regional Toxicology Liaison for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Region 5, serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Sabra has worked in transportation safety at the Federal Aviation Administration and driving impairment, in addition to other areas of forensic toxicology at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office. See full bio. 

Dr. Dayne Laskey

Dr. Dayne Laskey

Dr. Laskey is an associate professor at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT. He received a PharmD from the University of Connecticut, completed his pharmacy practice residency at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and his clinical toxicology fellowship from the Georgia Poison Center. See full bio. 

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Antidepressants and Antihistamines: Core Concepts

Course Description:
This course is part of our Core Concepts Series, which reviews potentially impairing drug classes from three scientific perspectives: Pharmacology, Forensic Toxicology, and Clinical Toxicology. A future supplemental series will add law enforcement and DRE perspectives for each drug class as well.

Despite their high prevalence in the driving population, antidepressants and antihistamines receive relatively little attention in the context of potential driving impairment. Knowledge of the different subclassifications of these drugs, their pharmacology, their role in drug-drug interactions, and the type of toxic effects and impairment possible are crucial to understanding how these drugs may, or may not, be relevant in forensic cases.

This course will explore all of these topics, and more, providing learners with the foundations necessary to understand how antidepressants and antihistamines may be relevant in their respective casework.

Recommended Learners:
LEO
DRE
Toxicologist
Attorney
ADAH Core Concepts Cover Image
Dr. Sabra Jones

Dr. Sabra Jones

Sabra Jones is a board-certified Forensic Toxicologist with a focus on transportation safety. Sabra is the Regional Toxicology Liaison for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Region 5, serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Sabra has worked in transportation safety at the Federal Aviation Administration and driving impairment, in addition to other areas of forensic toxicology at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office. See full bio. 

Dr. Dayne Laskey

Dr. Dayne Laskey

Dr. Laskey is an associate professor at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT. He received a PharmD from the University of Connecticut, completed his pharmacy practice residency at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and his clinical toxicology fellowship from the Georgia Poison Center. See full bio. 

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