What Can Dead People Tell Us? Postmortem Toxicology for Attorneys

Allison A. Muller
Allison A. Muller | Acri Muller Consulting, LLC.

Dr. Allison Muller is a board-certified toxicologist (D.ABAT), fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (FAACT), and registered pharmacist with over 20 years’ experience in the field of clinical toxicology.

On-Demand: May 5, 2022

$95.00 1 hour CLE

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Program Summary

As an expert witness working with attorneys on cases related to drugs, I encounter autopsy reports and other postmortem findings that are trying to tell the story of what happened to a person prior to death. Was there a drug overdose? Was a prescription medication responsible for the fatality? Was the person impaired prior to a fatal accident? Did use of a street drug contribute to the death? This 1-hour talk will go over the basics of what attorneys need to know: what happens in the body after death? How do postmortem changes affect drug levels? What are the different sources of drug levels in dead people (and why are we testing eyeball fluid anyway)? How drug levels may, or may not be, tied to cause of death. And, what other information does a toxicologist need to help you answer your questions about a postmortem case?

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • List 3 things that happen to the body after death that relate to drugs
  • Define the terms pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  • Explain one way that postmortem changes affect drug levels
  • State one example of how a drug level cannot be tied to a cause of death
  • State one example of how a drug level can be tied to a cause of death

Date / Time: May 5, 2022

  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Central
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am Mountain
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific

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Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program "live" in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for "live" CLE credit.

On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 5 business days after the original recording date and are viewable for up to one year.

Closed-captioning available

Speakers

Allison A. Muller_myLawCLEAllison A. Muller | Acri Muller Consulting, LLC.

Dr. Allison Muller is a board-certified toxicologist (D.ABAT), fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (FAACT), and registered pharmacist with over 20 years’ experience in the field of clinical toxicology. After a nearly 20-year career leading the Poison Control Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which included consulting on toxicology cases from 21 counties in Pennsylvania and Delaware, Dr. Muller is presently an independent consultant specializing in medical communications and providing expert witness testimony on cases involving medications, alcohol, chemicals, and environmental toxins. She is also adjunct faculty, teaching pharmacology and toxicology to second-year veterinary medicine students, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

Agenda

I. List 3 things that happen to the body after death that relate to drugs | 12:00 pm – 12:12 pm
II. Define the terms pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics | 12:12 pm – 12:24 pm
III. Explain one way that postmortem changes affect drug levels | 12:24 pm – 12:36 pm
IV. State one example of how a drug level cannot be tied to a cause of death | 12:36 pm -12:42 pm
V. State one example of how a drug level can be tied to a cause of death | 12:42 pm -1:00 pm