Dr. John P. Bederka, PhD
, has over 30 years of experience as a Toxicologist
with specialized knowledge of Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Neuropharmacology
. Dr. Bederka served as Section Head of Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring for the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine at the University of Illinois Medical Center. His practice covers Occupational Exposure, Residential Exposure, Adverse Health Effects, and Chemical Substances of Abuse.
Dr. Bederka is frequently called upon to provide Expert Testimony in Forensic Pathology and Toxicology in traffic accidents, medical malpractice, worker's compensation, and other diverse matters. As an independent contractor, Dr. Bederka has been retained for his services over 100 times in 25 states across the nation and Guam. Noted for his case-work on the Exxon Valdez matter, his recent work involves chemicals in Hydrofracking Fluids in Shale Gas extraction.
Areas of Expertise
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- General Toxicology
- Prescription Drugs
- Solvents / Vapors
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The Title of this publication as "Drug Injury", allows a wide range of sub-topics and an almost endless level of health related information. Thus, the inclusion of this Chapter is a de facto statement that Marijuana/Cannabinoids are an integral part of our Drug Lexicon. Historically, the Medical/Drug aspect of Marijuana is well documented in the On-Line entity at ProCon.org as recently as 08/13/2013. And, lest the reader retain some skepticism as to the Drug categorization of Marijuana/Cannabinoids, our U.S. Government was issued a Patent # 6630507 in Oct. 2003 for Marinol. This synthetic Cannabinoid Drug had a recommendation as "cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants". This Patent stands not withstanding the statement of "no medical use" for Marijuana in the 1970 placement as a Schedule 1 substance in the Controlled Substance Act. And, even more incredulous, given the 1937 Marijuana Stamp Act that established Marijuana as an Illegal Substance.
To be, or not to be, intoxicated! The expert witness-consultant is frequently confronted with this question in litigation matters relative to alcohol in the human body under diverse circumstances. Even given a diverse range of circumstances, the basic information can be encompassed as follows:
The currently most frequently requested tests, or, analytes in the Drugs of Abuse category are listed below. However, as will be discussed later in this report, there are other designations that refer the these same drugs or drug classes. Furthermore, if one were to make an exhaustive listing of all of the many "Street Names" for these available drug products, the listing would have several hundred entries.