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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
July 2, 2015 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Drugged Driving A Growing Problem in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Recent trends across the U.S. show that impaired driving is not just drunk driving. Impaired drivers are under the influence of illegal and sometimes even legal drugs that pose serious threats to motorists, just like drunk driving.

In 2014, there were 47 drug-related traffic fatalities in Iowa. Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement (DNE) agents seized nearly 203,000g of heroin and nearly 203,000du of controlled prescription drugs (prescription pain relievers, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone) in 2014.

In 2014, 20 people died due to heroin overdoses and 77 died from pain reliever (such as hydrocodone and oxycodone) overdoses.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  have helped fund a second Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometer (LSMSMS) at the DPS’s Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Crime Lab. This second machine at the Lab will allow for more instrument capacity to conduct the toxicology methods development and validation studies used for the analysis of drugs in blood.



The DCI Crime Lab currently has the capability to analyze for drugs in urine, but not blood. For blood analysis, agencies are referred to private laboratories, but with the second machine, DCI Crime Lab administrators hope to be able to offer that in house in the near future. The Lab has recently completed validation studies on analysis methods for cannabinoids in blood.  Next, the Lab will be working on blood method development for other drug analytes.

To learn more, visit:
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory
Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy
Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement

Media Contact: Alex Murphy, Public Information Officer - Investigative Operations - Iowa Department of Public Safety - Office of the Commissioner, (515) 443-3014.

 

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