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URI Forensic Science Seminar Series

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Crime lab drug chemist to speak at

KINGSTON, R.I. – February 22, 2007 – A drug chemist from the Monroe County Public Safety Lab in New York will speak about the new youth drug culture at the University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Seminar series on Friday, Mar. 2. The event will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Pastore Hall, 51 Lower College Road, Room 124 and is free and open to the public.

James Wesley’s talk, entitled “The New Youth Drug Culture 2007,” will explain how the youth drug scene has radically changed. In addition to the usual “street drugs” like marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, youths now have the internet, which provides them with dosing information and effect information for more then 100 psychoactive substances. Wesley uses numerous images in his presentation.

Wesley has 30 years of experience in drug testing, and formerly worked as a toxicologist in a clinical hospital lab. He also taught a graduate course in toxicology and drug analysis at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He lectures professional groups throughout the Northeast on the effects and identification of street drugs and has presented a weeklong training program at the Henry Lee Institute. He is involved with the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists, the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators and the National Drug Intelligence Center.