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Analytical and Data Challenges Surrounding Drug Detection, Identification, and Monitoring

The Analytical and Data Challenges Surround Drug Detection, Identification, and Monitoring workshop is a two-day event designed to bring together thought leaders from communities engaged in illicit drug detection and analysis (i.e., public health, public safety, forensic science, customs, and emergency medicine) to capture current practices and challenges. The first day of the workshop will focus heavily on understanding what analytical tools are currently being used for drug detection and analysis, understanding the process of how new tools are identified and deployed, and what the capabilities of an ideal tool are. The second day of the workshop will focus on how drug identification data produced by these communities is used and what could be done to improve the interoperability and utility of existing or future data streams. The goal of this workshop is to help define future collaborative research efforts between NIST and external partners related to drug detection, analysis, and monitoring thereby maximizing applicability and usability for the relevant communities. The event is intended for people who are actively engaged in the detection or analysis of drugs or who use and disseminate drug data from one of the above listed communities.

NIST Workshop of Illicit Drug Detection, Identification, and Monitoring

February 13th (9:00AM-5:00PM) and 14th (9:00AM-1:00PM) EST

 Courtyard Washingtonian Center, Gaithersburg, MD

***Draft agenda as of 2/1/2024. Subject to change. ***

Tuesday February 13th, 2024


Opening Remarks

Chuck Romine – NIST


Opening Plenary: Drug Detection, Identification, and Monitoring – Where Are We?

Cece Spitznas & Michael McCormick – Office of National Drug Control Policy

Dave Fluty – Customs and Border Protection

Natanya Robinwitz – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention




Practices, Instrumentation, and Challenges: Field Analysis

Jason Bienert – Johns Hopkins University

Daniel DiAntonio – Homeland Security Investigations

Dennise Montero – Customs and Border Protection




Practices, Instrumentation, and Challenges: Laboratory Analysis

Sara Kern – Food and Drug Administration

Amber McConnell – Maryland State Police, Forensic Sciences Division

Alex Krotulski – Center for Forensic Science Research & Education




Practices, Instrumentation, and Challenges: Medical & Post-Mortem

Sara Schreiber – Wisconsin Lutheran College

Malik Burnett – Center for Harm Reduction Services, Maryland Dept. of Health


Discussion & Debrief

Marcela Najarro & Edward Sisco – NIST


Conclude Day 1



Wednesday February 14th, 2024


Day 1 Recap

Marcela Najarro & Edward Sisco – NIST


Data Uses and Challenges: Public Health & Medical

Emily Payne – New York Department of Health

Traci Green – Brandeis University

Erin Artigiani & Amy Billing – University of Maryland (CESAR)




Data Uses and Challenges: Customs, Law Enforcement, & Forensics

Patrick Hosey – Customs and Border Protection

John Cook – Washington/Baltimore HIDTA

Eric Wisniewski – Drug Enforcement Administration

Sally Aiken – Spokane County Medical Examiner (Retired) 


Discussion, Debrief, & Next Steps

Marcela Najarro & Edward Sisco – NIST


Conclude Day 2


Courtyard Gaithersburg Washingtonian Center

Address: 204 Boardwalk Pl, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Start Date: Monday, February 12, 2024

End Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Last Day to Book: Monday, January 22, 2024

Rate is $193 USD per night

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Created January 15, 2024, Updated February 6, 2024