NPS 1: Intro to Novel Psychoactive Substances

Course Description:
Novel psychoactive substances (NPS) continue to emerge at an alarming rate, posing considerable challenges to drug control legislation, chemical analysis of biological and drug samples, the study of drug symptomatology.

This course is the first in an ongoing series on NPS, and will introduce the learner to important definitions, factors influencing NPS trends, NPS monitoring mechanisms, and impacts on toxicology laboratories.

Additional courses are available to provide more detail on individual classes of NPS
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Donna Papsun

Donna Papsun is a forensic toxicologist at NMS Labs in Willow Grove, PA. She has dual Bachelor of Science degrees from West Virginia University in Chemistry and Forensic & Investigative Science and a Master of Science degree in Pharmacology from Thomas Jefferson University. She is also certified as a Diplomate in Forensic Toxicology through the American Board of Forensic Toxicology and is a member of both the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). Ms. Papsun has been with NMS Labs since 2008 and began employment in the laboratory as a bench analyst, before being promoted to a toxicologist in 2012. See full bio. 
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