FORENSIC SCIENCE FRIDAY
2:00-2:30 PM Opening Remarks: Administrative Order on Fentanyl Cases and Procedures – Chief Judge Frederick J. Lauten
2:30-3:00 PM Opioid Overdoses in Central Florida – Carol Burkett
3:00-4:00 PM Fentanyl Toxicity Levels and Analogs – Dina Swanson
4:00-5:00 PM Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals and Statistical Sampling Plans – Frederic Whitehurst
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER SURROUNDING FENTANYL CASES AND PROCEDURES
Chief Judge Frederick J. Lauten will discuss the new administrative order surrounding fentanyl cases and procedures in place for safety purposes.
OPIOID OVERDOSES IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
Carol Burkett will discuss opioid overdose problems in the Central Florida area and the magnitude of the problem.
FENTANYL TOXICITY LEVELS AND ANALOGS
Dina Swanson will discuss opioid overdoses and how fentanyl-related cases present themselves. Ms. Swanson will also discuss toxicity levels for fentanyl and the different analogs that are surfacing.
COUNTERFEIT PHARMACEUTICALS AND STATISTICAL SAMPLING PLANS
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst will discuss counterfeit pharmaceuticals, statistical sampling plans, and how fentanyl is showing up in legitimate-looking pharmaceutical tablets.
CHIEF JUDGE FREDERICK J. LAUTEN
Chief Judge Frederick J. Lauten was appointed to the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court by Governor Jeb Bush in 1999. Chief Judge Lauten served as an administrative judge since 2008 and became chief judge in 2014. He began his legal career as an associate attorney in a private firm 1979. In 1982, he became an assistant state attorney for the Ninth Circuit. In 1993, he became a judge for the Orange County Court.
Carol Burkett was appointed Director of the Orange County Office for a Drug-Free Community in 2005. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from East Tennessee University. Ms. Burkett is known as the “drug czar” of Orange County.
Dina Swanson earned her B.S. in Forensic Chemistry from Eastern Kentucky University followed by an M.S. in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Florida. She is presently working towards a PhD in Chemistry from University of South Florida. Currently, she is the Assistant Chief Forensic Toxicologist for the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office in Tampa, Florida. Previously, she was a supervisor of the Toxicology section for the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences (3 years), a Forensic Toxicologist and Drug Chemist with the Virginia Department of Forensic Science (7 years), and a Forensic Technician with MedTox Laboratories in Minnesota (1 year). She is board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology. She is an active member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT), American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and the Florida Association of Medical Examiners (FAME).
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, J.D., Ph.D. acquired his B.S. in Chemistry from East Carolina University in 1974, his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Duke University in 1980, and his J.D. from Georgetown University in 1996. He is presently practicing law in North Carolina and works as a forensic consultant throughout the country. Dr. Whitehurst is best known for his exposure of flawed forensic science at the Crime Laboratory of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the 1990s and his continued efforts to address issues in forensic science with the National Whistleblowers Center in Washington, D.C. where he is project leader of the Forensic Justice Center. Dr. Whitehurst lectures nationally and internationally concerning issues in forensic science and has authored or coauthored a number of legal and scientific papers concerning flawed logic in forensic science.