Please join us for an upcoming webinar sponsored by SOFT's Novel Psychoactive Substances Committee!
Title: The What, Where and How of Novel Psychoactive Substances
Date/Time: Thursday, June 27 at 10:00 AM PST/1:00PM EST
Fee: $25 Members, $35 Non-members


  • Celia Modell, Forensic Toxicologist, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
  • Lana Goodson, Drug ID Technical Lead/Criminalistics Manager, Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center


As we have become more aware of novel psychoactive substances (NPS) being detected within the forensic toxicology community, the lingering question many of us search for answers to is where they are manufactured, how do individuals come into contact with NPS, or what do many of these compounds look like on the street or market. This workshop will provide information from knowledgeable sources to discuss the various aspects of NPS up until the detection in toxicology case work. This workshop’s goal is to educate and continue the ongoing discussion of the what, where and how of novel psychoactive substances in today’s society.   

Learning Objectives: 

After attending this course, participants will: 

  1. Understand where NPS are coming into the market from.
  2. Learn information about what NPS look like physically and how they are synthesized.
  3. Identify indicators to look for in casework for trending NPS.
  4. Comprehend trends with combinations of certain drugs and combinations.

Time (PST)



1000 - 1020

Where are NPS coming from?

Mike McCormick

1020 - 1100

Exploring the Manufacturing and Synthesis of NPS from the Ground Up

Ted Peterson

1100 – 1115



1115 – 1150

Precursors, Byproducts/Intermediates of NPS

Alex Krotulski

1200 - 1215

Trending NPS in Casework

Elisa Shoff

1215 - 1230


All speakers


Speakers (in order of appearance):


Job Title


Mike McCormick

Chemist/ Liaison to CBP

Office of National Drug Control Policy, Office of International Relations and Supply Reduction

Ted Peterson

Field Agent

Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms

Alex Krotulski

Associate Director – Toxicology/Chemistry

Program manager – NPS Discovery

The Center for Forensic Science

Research and Education

Elisa Shoff

Forensic Toxicologist II

Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Dept.